39 PhD positions in Quantum Science and Technologies (Germany) Deadline: August 19, 2019

QUSTEC – Quantum Science and Technologies at the European Campus

Application Deadline

August 19, 2019

Program Commencement

September 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

4 Years

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Program Details

QUSTEC is a doctoral training programme set up by the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) Eucor – The European Campus. The programme offers 39 early stage researcher (ESR) positions and outstanding training opportunities within the field of Quantum Science and Technology, in a highly international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral setting. The ESR positions each last 48 months and culminate in the award of a doctoral degree.

QUSTEC aims to address some of the grand challenges in Quantum Science today: The principles of quantum mechanics, which govern physics, chemistry, material science and computing at the atomic scale have already led to a wave of new technologies. In new applications, quantum technologies provide a massive leap that can be a decisive factor for many European industries and markets in the 21st century.

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.

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.

Eligibility/ Requirements


  • 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

Specific Requirements

QUSTEC has two eligibility criteria:

  1. Level of Experience is ‘Early Stage Researcher’ (ESR), according  to the definition in the work programme of the Marie Skłodowska-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.

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.

Application Process

More information about the program and the application can be found here. Further information about the application here.

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