Professor Oleg Sushkov

Professor Oleg Sushkov

  • MSc, Novosibirsk State University, Russia
  • PhD in Physics, Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Doctor of Science (Habilitation), Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk, Russia
School of Physics

I am a theoretical physicist working on the theory of quantum many-body systems, including nuclear physics, theory of electron atoms, and condensed matter theory.

I received my PhD in 1978 and my DSc degree (Habilitation) in 1987. Since 1974 till 1993 I had been working as a researcher and lead researcher at the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk (Russia); and lecturer then professor at Novosibirsk State University. I have been teaching and research academic at the UNSW for almost thirty years.
During my career I have been awarded numerous fellowships and visiting professorship positions at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of California Santa Barbara, the Institute for Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics at Harvard University, University of Groningen, University Paul Sabatier, Max-Planck Institute in Stuttgart and Dresden, Institute for Theoretical Physics in Zurich, Institute for Nuclear Theory in Seattle, Institute for Theoretical Physics in Lausanne, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, etc.

In 2006 I was awarded  the Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize in recognition of my research in theoretical physics and for my work on high temperature superconductivity. This is one of the worlds most prestigious international awards in Science, Humanities, and Medicine. In 2011 I was awarded an ARC Australian Professorial Fellowship which is highly competitive and prestigious award.

School of Physics, UNSW, Old Main Building, Ground Floor, G 61D

Current grants:

  • 2017 - 2024: ARC Centre of excellence in future low-energy electronics technologies (FLEET)
  • 2016 - 2021: ARC Grant "Topological effects and correlations in quantum materials"

  • 2011 - 2015: Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow
  • 2006: Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (Germany)
  • 1982: Lenin Komsomol State Prize Laureate in Science (USSR)
  • 1979: Best Young Researcher Award, the Academy of Sciences, USSR, (Siberian division)

I am a theorist working in the fields of quantum many body theory, strong electron correlations, graphene, topological materials, physics of semiconductors, quantum electrodynamics and quantum field theory, nuclear and atomic physics.

Before 1993 my major field of research was nuclear physics and physics of weak interactions. In early 1990th my research interests have switched to a large extent to condensed matter physics mainly due to the influence of the discovery of high temperature superconductivity. My nuclear physics background is of great help in this research since many concepts of modern condensed matter physics, like Landau theory of normal Fermi liquid, originate from nuclear physics.
My major research interests now are in condensed matter physics, strong electron correlations, superconductivity, and spintronics. Research group website:


  • Member of the Australian Institute of Physics
  • Asia-Pacific Advisory Committee member (Strongly Correlated Electron System)

My Research Supervision

  • Zeb Krix, PhD student: Artificial topological materials

My Teaching

I teach several undergraduate and honours courses in Physics, including Quantum Mechanics (Honours), Statistical Physics (Honours), Electrodynamics.