Quantum Materials Accelnet (QMAC) Overview

Program Overview

ICAM, the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter, announces the establishment of Quantum Materials Accelnet (QMAC), linking 10 networks across the world involved in research into Quantum Materials.

Participating Networks and representatives:

ICAM (Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter) (R. Singh)

EPiQS (Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems) (J. P. Paglione, V. Madhavan)

Correlated Magnetism from Frustration to Topology (Germany) (R. Moessner)

Elasto-QMAT (Germany) (J. Schmalian)

CT-QMAT (Germany) (R. Valenti)

International Research Laboratory (France and Canada) (C. Proust, L. Taillefer and A.-M. Tremblay)

CIFAR (Canada) (L. Taillefer)

Quantum Liquid Crystals (Japan) (T. Shibauchi)

Max Planck-UBC-U Tokyo (Germany, Canada, Japan) (A. Damascelli, H. Takagi)

European Microkelvin Platform (Europe-Wide) (C. Enss, S. Paschen, J. Saunders)


The goal of this Accelnet is to advance our understanding and exploration of Quantum Materials by looking at new material families through multiple modes of synthesis and subjecting them to advanced spectroscopies and extreme conditions. The QMAC endeavors to catalyze new research between institutions and across nations through multi-node post-doctoral fellowships that will facilitate the entry of new talent into the field.

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Award Description

​As a key component of the Accelnet, ICAM hopes to make two postdoctoral awards of $40,000 each, every six months. These awards are designed to complement existing postdoctoral support, providing salary and benefits for a joint research project between two different network institutions (the "home" and the "host") of the QMAC. The award may be provided to home or host institution of the postdoc. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to spend at least three months carrying out research at the host institution, away from their home institution. An additional fund of up to $4,000 may be available to cover travel expenses.


Eligibility for Postdoc:


Postdoctoral awards require international co-mentoring, with preference

given to Postdocs comentored in the US and another country. The home and host

institutions must belong to different countries and one of them must be an ICAM

institution. The two institutions need not belong to different networks. 


The Postdoctoral funds must be matched by other sources to provide a full year 

support. Evidence for matching support must be provided in the application. The matching support

cited in the application can also be conditional on receiving the Accelnet Postdoc support,  in which case the

final award will await evidence of the matching support. 




ICAM New Zealand  <————>   ICAM or EPIQS USA


Accelnet Network Japan  <——————> ICAM  USA


ICAM Japan   <—————>  ICAM or EPIQS USA


Accelnet Network Europe  <——> ICAM USA


ICAM Europe  <———> ICAM or EPIQS USA



Eligibility for Science Exchange:


Science Exchanges must involve collaborative research between any two

different institutions of the Accelnet, with a strong preference for exchanges between different countries.

They do not have to be from different networks within the AccelNet.  Junior or senior

applicants are welcome. 




ICAM New Zealand <——>  Accelnet Network Japan or ICAM Japan


Accelnet Germany <——>  ICAM France


Accelnet  Austria  <——> Accelnet Japan


ICAM USA <—>   ICAM or Accelnet Europe


ICAM Canada <——> ICAM or EPIQS USA

Application Procedure

Click here for a detailed application schedule.

The application must be submitted in one package by the postdoctoral mentor at the home institution, and must include the following:


  1. Application from the candidate expressing reason and interest in joint mentorship

  2. One page description of the project with the host institution.

  3. Proposed year of the award.

  4. Supporting letter from the home institution mentor, providing confirmation of the applicant's existing postdoctoral support.

  5. Support letter from the host institution mentor.

  6. CV of the postdoctoral candidate.

  7. In the case of a two career application, the application must be made separately, referencing the application of a partner, with a clear statement of whether the applicants will only consider two simultaneous awards, or wish to also be considered independently.