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Postdoc fellowships at the Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology

12 October 2023 | The Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST) Cluster of Excellence offers two fellowship programmes: Distinguished Postdoc Fellowships aimed at excellent female postdoctoral researchers, and Junior Researcher START Fellowships with the aim to support young talents on their transition from postdocs to independent researchers. Applications are possible until 15 January 2024.

Distinguished Postdoc Fellowship

One of the primary goals of MCQST is to increase the number of female scientists at all career stages in the field of Quantum Science and Technology (QST) in Munich. As an incentive for proactively hiring excellent female scientists, MCQST offers fellowships funding excellent female postdoctoral researchers for one year, under the condition that the hosting MCQST group commits to fund another year through other means.

MCQST provides funding for these positions every year. The Executive Committee will select one to three distinguished fellows from all applications nominated by MCQST PIs.

Source: MCQST

Junior Researcher START Fellowship

To support young talents on their transition from postdocs to independent researchers, MCQST offers Junior Researcher START Fellowships. With a total budget of 300,000 € for a funding period of two years, the fellows have the opportunity to start their own scientific project in one of the Research Units of MCQST.

The funds are flexible and may be spent in accordance with DFG rules for instrumentations, staff, consumables, travels as well as for the fellows’ own salaries. Laboratory and office space will be provided by one of the MCQST Principal Investigators (PIs).

Source: MCQST


Since January 2019, the Munich Center for Quantum Science and Technology (MCQST) has operated as a Cluster of Excellence, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). It brings together various institutions, including the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ), the Walther-Meißner-Institute (WMI) and the Deutsches Museum (DM) all with the shared objective of establishing a world-leading center in Quantum Science and Technology (QST). Comprising over 60 research groups spanning a spectrum of disciplines such as physics, mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, material science, and chemistry, MCQST is at the forefront of QST. Its research program is organised in seven research units, covering all areas of QST from basic research to practical applications. MCQST is an equal opportunity employer and it is important to us to make our selection processes as fair and transparent as possible. We are committed to creating a welcoming work environment for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

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