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 (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 Laboratory (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.

Award Description

​As a key component of the Accelnet, ICAM hopes to make two postdoctoral awards of $40,000 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 will be provided to the home 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 will be available to cover travel expenses.


At the time of receiving the award, the candidate will be a postdoctoral researcher at an ICAM institution. ICAM also welcomes applications from dual career couples for two simultaneous awards (see below).

Application Procedure

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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.