Junior Researcher START Fellowship

About the Fellowship

To support young talents on their transition from postdocs to independent researchers, MCQST is offering Junior Researcher START Fellowships. With a total budget of 300.000 € for a funding period of two years, the fellow has the opportunity to start her/his own scientific project in one of the research areas of MCQST.

The funds are flexible and may be spent in accordance with DFG rules for instrumentations, staff, consumables, travels as well as for the fellow’s own salary. Laboratory and office space will be provided by one of the MCQST Principle Investigators (PIs).


Eligible candidates are at the beginning of their academic career and have completed their doctoral degree in physics, mathematics, computer science, chemistry, or engineering within the last four years. Research experience in quantum science and technology is of advantage and should be documented by publications in high level academic journals.

Applications for the Junior Researcher START Fellowships should include:

  • Curriculum vitae (two pages max)
  • Research outline (two pages max)
  • Complete list of publications and talks
  • Doctoral certificate
  • Support letter from MCQST host committing to offer laboratory and office space*
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one from an external expert*

*MCQST host and reviewers should send their letters directly to jobs@mcqst.de.

The applications period for the START Fellowship is currently closed.

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In this first call, the MCQST Executive Committee, together with an international Advisory Board, will select one Junior Researcher START Fellow. Selection criteria are scientific excellence and an original research proposal. The start date of the fellowship will be fixed in agreement with the MCQST office, but should begin no later than 1 January 2020.

MCQST is committed to increasing the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals. Furthermore, MCQST seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

For questions please contact the MCQST General Manager, Tatjana Wilk at tatjana.wilk(at)mcqst.de.

START Fellows

Fabian Grusdt

Junior Group Leader


LMU München

Jasmin Meinecke



MPI of Quantum Optics LMU München

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