Max Planck-NYC Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Max Planck-NYC Center for Nonequilibrium Quantum Phenomena offers high profile, two-year postdoctoral positions for outstanding young scientists with research interests in the nonequilibrium aspects of experimental and theoretical quantum physics and the desire to closely collaborate with research groups at our partner institutions: Flatiron Institute in NY, Max Planck Institute for Structure and Dynamics in Hamburg and Max Plank Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz.  The positions may be sponsored by any Columbia faculty member with appropriate research interests. The positions offer substantial independence and come with substantial travel and visitor funds.   The positions may begin at any time between Jan 1-2022 and August 31, 2022 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 2-3 positions will be available in 2022.



The NYC Center fellowship provides 50% funding for the Fellow’s salary, plus associated fringe benefits, in addition to an annual research expense account. The Columbia faculty sponsor is required to provide the remaining 50% salary + fringe.


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

The Max Planck-New York City Center for Nonequilibrium Quantum Phenomena is supported in partnership by 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 (Hamburg) and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (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 diverse purposes and uses beyond our imagination. Links: Columbia Quantum Initiative, Center for Programmable Quantum MaterialsColumbia Center on Precision-Assembled Quantum Materials.


Application Deadline October 15, 2021.

The application materials, which may be prepared by the candidate, must be submitted by the proposed Columbia faculty sponsor as a single pdf file emailed to Karen Canaan .




List all Columbia faculty sponsors

Candidate CV, including list of publications

One-page description of proposed research

Letter of support from Columbia sponsors: One letter signed by multiple sponsors is acceptable.

Two additional letters of recommendation


Executive committee:

Dmitri Basov, Columbia

James Hone, Columbia

Michal Lipson, Columbia

Andrew Millis, Columbia and Flatiron Institute

Andrea Cavalleri, MPSD Hamburg

Angel Rubio, MPSD Hamburg and Flatiron institute.

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