MCQST sets out to build and strengthen an infrastructure that promotes researchers from different research directions and varied faculties to work together on the key challenges in Quantum Science and Technology (QST). It establishes new opportunities for bachelor, master, and PhD students alike, while at the same time, offers various funding opportunities for junior researchers.
In addition, MCQST sets to attract scientists throughout the world to come together in Munich to accelerate progress in research and technological developments. Thereby, it manages to bring together researchers at all career levels and enhance their international network of collaborators.
MCQST has a strong commitement to establish and maintain not only a culture of fairness and respect, but to implement measures that will assist the career advancement of those who are presently disadvantaged within society.
MQC Guest Program
Connecting international top-level experts to MCQST and implementing a vibrant guest program is a core element of the cluster’s collaboration strategy. Strengthening the stream of prominent scientists who come to the Munich area for short- and long-term visits will contribute to promoting international collaborations. Furthermore, it will raise the visibility of QST research in Munich and support junior researchers in building their own international research network.
A core aspect of MCQST is its dedication to supporting early career scientists. The cluster aims to build upon the optimal conditions that are already provided by both LMU and TUM for early career researchers with regard to all aspects of career development in science: from graduate education through the promotion of postdocs to junior research group leaders.
Support programs will be targeted towards talented minds at different career stages, varying from attracting the brightest bachelor students with our Summer Student Program, to establishing a unique and dedicated international Master’s Program in Quantum Science and Technology, encouraging highly talented early career researchers to apply for the MCQST Junior Research START Fellowship, or recognizing excellence in research at an early career stage through the MCQST PhD Award.
We are establishing an annual MCQST Conference (MCQST Science Days) with talks by MCQST researchers and international visitors and Open Labs for all students and faculty members of MCQST institutions, plus a public talk. In addition, MCQST will provide financial support for other international conferences relevant to MCQST researchers.
MCQST has a strong commitment to providing a research environment that supports diversity among scientists with respect to gender, religion, ethnic origin as well as towards people with special needs. We strive to establish and maintain not only a culture of fairness and respect but to implement measures that will assist the career advancement of those who are presently underepresented within society and research.
In addition to the already existing measures by TUM, LMU, and MPQ we provide targeted support, for example, for mentoring female students and postdocs, networking, career building workgroups and workshops between all levels.
MCQST will establish flexible seed funding to trigger and support exceptional and often unorthodox emergent ideas within, and between, the Research Units.
The level of financial support will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the Executive Committee and the results of each seed funding project will be documented upon completion. Seed funding will also be deployed to support proposals between cluster researchers and industrial partners. Junior researchers and female researchers will be prioritized for support.