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Associate Professor Tapio Simula

Associate Professor
D.Sc. (Tech.), Helsinki University of Technology, Finland


Associate Professor Tapio Simula was awarded a D.Sc. (Tech.) degree in physics in 2003 by Helsinki University of Technology. He then held postdoctoral positions at New Zealand (Otago), Denmark (Aarhus) and Japan (Okayama) before moving to Australia as a Monash Research Fellow in 2010. In 2019 he was awarded the Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship and moved to Swinburne University of Technology.

Tapio is a physicist (computational, experimental, and theoretical) with research interests in ultracold atoms, Bose-Einstein condensates, superfluidity, quantised vortices, quantum turbulence, topological quantum computation, analogue gravity and Floquet driven systems that break time-translation symmetry.

Research interests

Ultracold Quantum Gases; Dynamical systems; Fluid Mechanics

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Experimental Projects: Experimental projects will be offered in the area of hydrodynamical quantum analogs starting from mid 2019. See ___ Please contact Tapio via email to discuss possibilities in further detail.

Theory Projects: A broad range of theoretical and computational projects are available. Some recent examples can be found at ___ ___ Please contact Tapio via email to discuss the possibilities in further detail.


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

Experimental Projects: See PhD topics, these can be tailored to suit Honours Level

Theory Projects: See PhD topics, these can be tailored to suit Honours Level

Fields of Research

  • Quantum Physics - 510800


  • 2017, International, APS Outstanding Referee , American Physical Society


Also published as: Simula, Tapio; Simula, T.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2019: Determining the mass and geometric phase of a superfluid vortex *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator