Jonathan Wurtele received his B. A. (1979) in Physics and Mathematics and his Ph.D. (1985) in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley. He then spent a decade at MIT as a research scientist and as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Physics. In 1995, he returned to Berkeley, where he is a Professor of Physics and a Senior Faculty Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Jonathan is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and was a Foreign Research Fellow at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science in Japan. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Division of Beams of the APS, has been a co-author or reviewer of numerous National Research Council reports, and a member of advisory committees for Fermi National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory; he currently serves on the Princeton University Program in Plasma Physics Advisory Council.
His research, theoretical and numerical, focuses on beam and plasma physics. Among the topics he has investigated are free-electron lasers, ultra-high power pulse compression in plasmas, and novel accelerator concepts, such as plasma-based accelerators and muon colliders. Most recently he has been studying the trapping of antimatter.