6 Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Max Planck Harvard Research Center for Quantum Optics, Germany


The HarvardMPQ Quantum Initiative is offering six competitive Postdoctoral Fellowships in Quantum Science each year. Fellowships are awarded for the duration of two years to outstanding young scientists. Hereby, fellowships are to enable young scientists to carry out research projects under the joint supervision of PIs from MPQ and Harvard. Successful candidates will be either based at Harvard or MPQ, whilst being able to pursue their research in collaboration with the faculty and infrastructure at both institutions.

In order to expand on their research in the interdisciplinary field of quantum science and to promote the career of excellent young scientists, the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics (MPQ) and the Harvard University Department of Physics founded the Max Planck Harvard Research Center for Quantum Optics (MPHQ). In the framework of this world-class cooperation, research and educational activities take place in fundamental and applied fields in the quantum realm including sensing, metrology, control, chemistry, many-body systems, and information science.

Your Qualifications
MPHQ is looking for excellent candidates for two-year Postdoctoral Fellowships based at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to take advantage of the unique cooperation including a joint postdoc mentoring scheme and frequent opportunities for exchange between the two institutions MPQ and Harvard University Department of Physics. In addition to that, fellowships highly encourage the development of joint research projects. Applications should address one of the following scientific core areas: Quantum Simulation; Quantum Phases of Matter; Quantum Information Science; Quantum Sensing and Metrology; Quantum Networks; Quantum Dynamics and Ultracold Quantum Chemistry.

Fellows will be offered the opportunity to travel between both institutions on a regular basis, while profiting from the excellent colloquia series and scientific retreats taking place in the framework of the cooperation. In addition to that, fellows will be able to participate in the institution’s early career training programmes and will receive substantial career counseling from the PI network.  

Research projects are to further enhance research collaborations between Harvard and MPQ by mutually creating the building blocks for prospective scientific cooperations between young scientists.

The Postoctoral Fellowships are to offer young scientists the unique opportunity to take advantage of the worldclass research environment present at both institutes by enabling them to carry out research at one of the most vibrant research centers in the field of quantum optics.

Application Requirements
Applicants should have completed their PhD no more than three years before starting the fellowship. The starting date of the fellowships is flexible and should be within one year after application. To apply, please submit a curriculum vitae, transcripts, a list of publications, a brief description of your research interests (1000 characters max.) and a description of your scientific goals for the fellowship (5000 characters max.). Applicants are also asked to arrange for at least two letters of reference.

Applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships based at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics have to be submitted at

Deadline for applications and all required documents is 15 November 2019.

All applications will be considered together and will be jointly evaluated by PIs at both institutions.

MPQ and Harvard University are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

In case of further questions, please contact Ms Bianca Lenhard (mphq@mpq.mpg.de) for further details.


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