Professor Rubio will spend one-quarter time at CCQ as Distinguished Research Scientist. He is managing director of the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter in Hamburg, Germany and director of its theory department. He is a distinguished professor of physics at the University of the Basque Country in San Sebastián, Spain and professor of physics at the University of Hamburg. He is one of the founders of the European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility and originator of the widely used ab initio open-source project, Octopus. His work has been recognized by numerous fellowships and awards, including the 2016 Medal of the Spanish Royal Physical Society, the 2014 Premio Rey Jaime I Prize for Basic Research, the 2006 DuPont Prize in Nanotechnology, the 2005 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award of the Humboldt Foundation and two European Research Council Advanced Grants in 2011 and 2016. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society (2004), the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2010), a member of the Academia Europaea (2016) and, since 2014, a foreign associate member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
His research interests are rooted to the modeling and theory of electronic and structural properties of condensed matter. He focuses on developing novel theoretical tools, as time-dependent-functional theory for quantum-electrodynamics, and computational codes for the ab-initio description and control of the dynamics of decoherence and dissipation in quantum many-body systems and to characterize new non-equilibrium states of matter.