QUSTEC offers 39 early-stage researchers interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international training in the field of quantum science and technologies (QST).
The coordinator is the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC) Eucor – The European Campus that consists of five universities that are located in the trinational research area of the Upper Rhine, at the border between France, Germany and Switzerland.
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.
All fellows will be offered a generous 4-year employment contract with the corresponding social security provisions. An individual training panel in a three-tier training programme will supervise them.
With a budget of 9 139 308,48 Euro and an overall duration of 5 years, the QUSTEC programme offers one call and one reserve call for doctoral candidates from the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field.
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.
The set-up of our programme is inherently international due to the international character of the EGTC Eucor, due to the international composition of the international training panel of QUSTEC, and due to us targeting the international research community. All involved partner organisations from both academia and industry and all individual researchers engaged in the QUSTEC programme have a wide international network which will be beneficial for the ESRs.
QUSTEC is essentially interdisciplinary through the wide range of interdisciplinary research topics. We further encourage ESRs and the supervision team to explore any upcoming interdisciplinary elements of their research topics. Quantum Science and Technologies as a research field is rooted in several disciplines and applies concepts from physics, chemistry, engineering and computer sciences.
All of our ESRs will be required to carry out a mandatory secondment at the indicated partner organisation. With this, we will train them to work and learn in another than their ‘home’ environment, and in many cases a non-academic research environment with view to increased employability after the fellowship. This mandatory element of training enhances the intersectoral component of QUSTEC.
More information is in the Guide for applicants on the QUSTEC-website
Web site for additional job details https://www.eucor-uni.org/en/qustec
The QUSTEC programme aims to combine the advantages of 3 different countries, 4 different academic institutions and 1 leading industrial partner to give the best working conditions and support possible to an ESR in terms of scientific and intersectoral added value and training.
QUSTEC researchers will obtain a 4-year full time equivalent working contract allowing them to dedicate 100% of their research and training.
ESRs will have a working contract with full social benefits and attractive conditions with one of the academic partner institutions within the EGTC Eucor and/or the industry partner. ESRs will receive competitive salaries with respect to regional living costs (Taxes will be deducted according to national legislation) in each of the participating countries, adapted to each country's salary levels. This is why the living allowance varies from country to country:
· University of Strasbourg: 2935 euros
· University of Basel: 4182 euros
· IBM Research: 5182 euros (Zurich has significantly higher costs than Basel)
· KIT: 3500 euros
· University of Freiburg: 3500 euros
There are also additional benefits for researchers with children, on average 200€ per child (depending on the number of children and salary).
QUSTEC has two eligibility criteria:
Information will be given to candidates after the pulication of the call results in the Autumn 2019. More information can be found in the guide for applicants