Jelena Vuckovic is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and by courtesy of Applied Physics at Stanford, where she leads the Nanoscale and Quantum Photonics Lab. She is also a faculty member of the Ginzton Lab, PULSE Institute, SIMES Institute, and Bio-X at Stanford. Upon receiving her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 2002, she worked as a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford. In 2003, she joined the Stanford Electrical Engineering Faculty, first as an assistant professor (until 2008), then an associate professor with tenure (2008-2013), and finally as a professor of electrical engineering (since 2013). As a Humboldt Prize recipient, she has also held a visiting position at the Institute for Physics of the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany (since 2011). In 2013, she was appointed as a Hans Fischer Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Technical University in Munich, Germany.
In addition to the Humboldt Prize (2010) and the Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship (2013), Vuckovic has received many awards including the Marko V. Jaric award for outstanding achievements in physics (2012), the DARPA Young Faculty Award (2008), the Chambers Faculty Scholarship at Stanford (2008), the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE in 2007), the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2006), the Okawa Foundation Research Grant (2006), and the Frederic E. Terman Fellowship at Stanford (2003). She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and of the Optical Society of America (OSA).
Vuckovic is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics - MPQ (in Munich, Germany) and of the scientific advisory board of the Ferdinand Braun Institute (in Berlin, Germany). She is also an Associate Editor of ACS Photonics, a member of the editorial advisory board of Nature Quantum Information,, and was on the editorial board of the New Journal of Physics.