Paul Seidler is a Research Staff Member in the Quantum Technology group at IBM Research – Zurich in Rüschlikon, Switzerland.
He received his Bachelor of Science from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1980 and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985, both in chemistry. He joined Exxon Corporate Research as a Post Doctoral Fellow, where he continued working until 1988. He then moved to the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, where he carried out a variety of scientific studies related to semiconductor processing technology. After serving a year as Technical Assistant to the Vice President, Systems, Technology and Science for the IBM Research Division, he transferred to IBM Research - Zurich to manage the Display Technology group and subsequently became manager of the Science & Technology Department, overseeing research in the areas of semiconductor technology, thermal packaging, optical communications, storage technology, advanced materials processing and characterization, micromechanics, magnetism and spintronics, biotechnology, and the physics of nanoscale systems.
Dr. Seidler played an instrumental role in the establishment by IBM of the Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, a public-private partnership for advanced research, and served as its first IBM Coordinator.
His current research interests involve device concepts in exploratory photonics and particularly the physics of optical cavities with an ultra-high quality factor-to-mode volume ratio with the aim of exploiting non-linear optical and optomechanical phenomena.
He has been elected a full member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences.