Nicola Marzari holds a degree in physics from the University of Trieste (1992) and a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge (1996). He was a postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University and a research scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory and at Princeton University (1996-01). In 2001 he was appointed assistant professor of computational materials science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was promoted to associate professor in 2005 and to the Toyota Chair of Materials Engineering in 2009. In 2010 he joined the University of Oxford as its first Statutory (University) Professor of Materials Modelling and director of the Materials Modelling Laboratory. He moved to EPFL in 2011, as chair of Theory and Simulation of Materials; from 2014 he also directs the MARVEL National Centre on Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials, a 12-year project involving 40 groups.