2022 Max Planck-NYC Postdoctoral Fellowships

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The Max Planck-NYC Center for Nonequilibrium Quantum Phenomena, a joint research endeavor linking the Max Planck Center for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (Hamburg), the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Physics (Mainz), the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Quantum Physics (New York) and Columbia University (New York), offers high profile postdoctoral positions at Columbia for outstanding young scientists with research interests in the nonequilibrium aspects of experimental and theoretical quantum physics, quantum optics, and material science.

Successful candidates will join a world-leading research effort with scientific interests spanning the field from quantum optics to Moiré materials and twistronics and an unmatched track record in developing new materials and probes. Candidates will also have excellent opportunities for collaboration both within the Center and internationally. We encourage candidates interested both in experiment and theory to apply.

More information about quantum research at Columbia and Flatiron can be found here and here. The positions offer competitive salaries and substantial research independence, and come with considerable travel and visitor funds. The positions may begin at any time between Jan 1–August 31, 2023 and have a two-year duration, extendible for a third year by mutual consent and subject to the availability of funding. It is expected that at least three positions will be available in 2023.

Application Deadline: September 1, 2022.

Successful applicants should submit an application in conjunction with one or more Columbia faculty sponsors. A list of potential sponsors can be found here.

The application should consist of:

  • List of potential Columbia faculty sponsors
  • Candidate CV and publication list
  • Statement of past research and research interests (maximum two pages)
  • description of proposed research (maximum one page)
  • Letter of support from Columbia sponsors: One letter signed by multiple sponsors is acceptable.
  • Names of two scientists who will submit letters of recommendation

And should be submitted as a single pdf file emailed to Karen Canaan [email protected].

Letters of recommendation should also be submitted, by the recommenders, to Karen Canaan.


About NYC Center for Non-Equilibrium Quantum Phenomena and Quantum Research @ Columbia.

The Max Planck-New York City Center for Nonequilibrium Quantum Phenomena is a  partnership between Columbia University and the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Quantum Physics in New York and the Max Planck Institutes for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter in Hamburg and Polymer Research in Mainz.   

The Center’s mission is to understand, control and manipulate the uniquely useful properties of quantum materials by means of applied electrical or heat currents, photon fields, and placement in quantum cavities, with the aim of developing novel materials with purposes and uses beyond our current imagination.

The Center’s work is done in partnership with the Columbia Center for Programmable Quantum Materials, the Columbia Center for Precision-Assembled Quantum Materials, the diverse activities of the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Quantum Physics, and the Max Planck Institute.