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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

1. Quantum Materials Postdoctoral Stipends
These are postdoctoral stipends of up to $40,000 each. These awards are designed to complement existing postdoctoral support, providing stipends for a joint research project between two different network institutions (the "home" and the "host") of the QMAC, one of which must be in the USA. The award will be provided directly to the postdoc as a stipend, which is generally a taxable income. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to devote six months full time to the project including at least three months at the host institution away from the home institution and should comply with US Visa rules.  


2.  Quantum Materials Science Exchanges

These are awards open to junior and senior scientists in the network,  typically of about $4,000 to support short term (2-6 weeks) science exchanges between institutions of the network in different countries. 


For both postdoctoral fellowships and science exchanges, we particularly encourage applications seeking to carry out new material syntheses and improvements in crystal quality of materials of particular interest.  We also encourage applications from theorists seeking to embed in experimental groups to learn about their work and help develop theory and analysis of the ongoing experiments or experimentalists seeking to embed in theory groups to learn theoretical methods pertinent to their research. 


Eligibility for Postdoc:


Postdoctoral awards require international co-mentoring between US and another country. Either the US or the international institution must be an ICAM member. If the home institution is in the USA, then at the time of the project, the applicant must be a US resident or have a valid US Visa.


The Postdoctoral funds must be matched by salary and benefits from other sources to provide a full year position. 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


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


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


ICAM USA <——> Accelnet Network Europe

ICAM Europe  <———> ICAM or EPIQS USA



Eligibility for Science Exchanges:


Science exchanges are open to both junior and senior applicants from the Accelnet Nodes. Science Exchanges must involve collaborative research between any two

different institutions of the Accelnet, with a strong preference for exchanges between different countries. Exchanges must be between USA and another country.

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

applicants are welcome. 




ICAM USA <—>   ICAM or Accelnet Europe


ICAM Canada <——> ICAM or EPIQS USA

The Application Process

Applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis until filled each year. Processing an application typically takes a few weeks, longer if the original submission is incomplete. Applicants should also allow several months to obtain their VISA, if applicable.  The tables linked below show the deadlines, award times, and travel dates for the coming year. Interested applicants should review the Accelnet Guidelines before applying.

Click here for a detailed application schedule.

Accelnet Advisory Board and Principal Investigators

Follow this link to see the Board and Principal Investigators.

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