University of Freiburg (Uni Freiburg)

QUSTEC Doctoral Programme: Quantum Science and Technologies at the European Campus

Eucor - The European Campus

Various locations, Germany; various locations, Switzerland; Strasbourg, France

QUSTEC offers 39 early-stage researchers interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international training in the field of quantum science and technologies (QST).

Coordinator is the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) Eucor – The European Campus that consists of five universities that are located in the trinational research area of the Upper Rhine, at the border between France, Germany and Switzerland.

For QUSTEC, the Eucor Members University of Basel, University of Freiburg, University of Strasbourg and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology are joined by IBM-Research in Zurich. The QUSTEC training programme is in line with the European Charter for Researchers, the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers and the EU Principles for Innovative Doctoral Training. Fellows can choose their position among the offer of the partner organisations and will be enrolled in a doctoral programme of one of the partaking universities. They will be selected in an open, transparent, merit-based procedure based on international peer review.

All fellows will be offered a generous 4-year employment contract with the corresponding social security provisions. An individual training panel in a three-tier training programme will supervise them.

With a budget of 9 139 308,48 Euro and an overall duration of 5 years, the QUSTEC programme offers one call and one reserve call for doctoral candidates from the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field.

The scientific focus lies on the six scientific areas of quantum electronics, artificial quantum systems, quantum nano devices, non-equilibrum quantum systems, quantum resources, and quantum simulation. The Cofund support will serve as nucleus for early-stage research career training, create synergies among the partner institutions and contribute to Europe’s leadership role in the emerging field of QST.

The QUSTEC programme has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement number 847471.

Benefits

The set-up of our programme is inherently international due to the international character of the EGTC Eucor, due to the international composition of the international training panel of QUSTEC, and due to us targeting the international research community. All involved partner organisations from both academia and industry and all individual researchers engaged in the QUSTEC programme have a wide international network which will be beneficial for the ESRs.

QUSTEC is essentially interdisciplinary through the wide range of interdisciplinary research topics. We further encourage ESRs and the supervision team to explore any upcoming interdisciplinary elements of their research topics. Quantum Science and Technologies as a research field is rooted in several disciplines and applies concepts from physics, chemistry, engineering and computer sciences.

All of our ESRs will be required to carry out a mandatory secondment at the indicated partner organisation. With this, we will train them to work and learn in another than their ‘home’ environment, and in many cases a non-academic research environment with view to increased employability after the fellowship. This mandatory element of training enhances the intersectoral component of QUSTEC.

Eligibility criteria

QUSTEC offers 39 fellowships of 4 years duration to early state researchers within a main call for applications (and if necessary a reserve call). QUSTEC has two eligibility criteria:

  1. Level of Experience is ‘Early Stage Resarcher’ (ESR), according to the definition in the work programme of the Marie Sklodowska Curie actions: The ESR must be, at the date of the respective call deadline of QUSTEC, in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.
  2. Mobility criterion: The ESR must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the future host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline of QUSTEC. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. For refugees under the Geneva Convention, the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) will not be counted as period of residence/activity in the country of the host organisation.

Selection process

The selection and evaluation process of QUSTEC follows the principles of the H2020 Grants Manual regarding Excellence, Transparency, Fairness and Impartiality, Efficiency, Speed, Ethics and Security.

The participating member universities of the EGTC Eucor and the partner institutions also adhere to Charter and Code for the recruitment and employment of researchers and have extensive experience in recruiting researchers.

The written evaluation will be carried out by two independent external evaluators. Each application will be reviewed by two independent evaluators.

Once a candidate has passed the 70% threshold of the written evaluation, an oral evaluation (interview) will be carried out by a panel of the future potential supervisor, one independent expert who previously assessed the CV, and one partner organisation representative. At least one member of the selection panel will be female. Interviews will be carried out either via Skype or in person.

More information is in the Guide for applicants on the QUSTEC-website (https://www.eucor-uni.org/en/qustec)

Web site for additional job details

https://www.eucor-uni.org/en/qustec

Skills/Qualifications

Excellent MSc degree or equivalent qualification, within top 15% of respective grading system

Excellent skills and knowledge in quantum science and technology, as shown by a Master & Bachelor degree in relevant scientific fields of physics, chemistry, materials or computation

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

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