Recognizing Excellent Early-Career Research

The MCQST PhD Award annually honors two outstanding PhD theses from the MCQST community. The prize highlights and recognizes excellence in research at an early career stage and encourages awardees to pursue a further career in science.

MCQST will consider outstanding theses in QST (grade: summa cum laude) from the disciplines of physics, mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, material science, and chemistry, from both LMU and TUM. The defense of the thesis must have occurred in the year 2021.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2021 MCQST PhD Prize are now open!

Please send the following documents in order as a single PDF document to support[at]

  • Abstract of thesis
  • PDF of thesis (or link)
  • PhD certificate
  • CV
  • List of publications
  • One letter of reference by an MCQST PI

The deadline to apply is 30. April 2022.

Questions? Please contact support[at]

MCQST PhD Award 2020


Johannes Knörzer

"Semiconductor-based electron lattices for quantum information processing"

LMU München & MPI of Quantum Optics

Advisor: Ignacio Cirac


Karen Wintersperger

"Realization of Floquet topological systems with ultracold atoms in optical honeycomb lattices"

LMU München

Advisor: Monika Aidelsburger

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