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Research Opportunities

Grad student working @ NIST JQI lab. permissions: Edwards/JQI

The Joint Quantum Institute and the Physics Frontier Center at JQI offers research opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. JQI is located on the College Park campus of the University of Maryland, adjacent to Washington D.C. Researchers can work at either the NIST or UMD campus. The new Physical Sciences Complex will become home to many JQI scientists starting in the 2013-2014 academic year. 

Postdoctoral Researchers

may apply for Fellowships in both theory and experiment. Applications for this year's fellowships are no longer being accepted. Most postdocs at the JQI work directly with JQI members, so feel free to contact individual JQI Fellows to inquire about the availability of postdoctoral positions within their research groups.

The application for the Theoretical Fellowship is now open! (Job #4870 on AcademicJobsOnline)

The application for the Experimental Fellowship is now open! (Job #5153 on AcademicJobsOnline)

Graduate Students

in the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland may take part in JQI research if selected by a Fellow. Students should make inquiries directly to the Fellow whose research area is of interest. For general information about applying to the Department of Physics graduate program, see:

In addition, JQI has a limited number of Graduate Assistantships.

JQI Graduate Fellowships

are awarded to exceptional applicants.  Graduate fellows are required to work with one of the JQI Fellows. The term of appointment is two years, renewable yearly for up to five years. The annual stipend is $36,000 and benefits are included.  There is no tuition charge.   JQI is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

To be considered:

Follow the procedure for applying to the Physics Graduate Program at:

In the Application Supplemental Form, under "Additional Academic Information," choose JQI from the pull-down list.

Undergraduate Researchers

Both the PFC and JQI supports undergraduate researchers throughout the year. Students can apply for a summer research opportunity by contacting individual research groups/JQI fellows. Here are some example publications of the research undergraduates: 

Intermodal energy transfer in a tapered optical fiber: optimizing transmission, S. Ravets, J. E. Hoffman, P.R. Kordell (undergraduate), J. D. Wong-Campos, S. L. Rolston, and L. A. Orozco , J. Opt. Soc. Am. A, 30, 2361–2371 (2013)

Emergence and Frustration of Magnetism with Variable-Range Interactions in a Quantum Simulator,R. Islam, C. Senko, W. C. Campbell, S. Korenblit, J.. Smith, A.. Lee, E. E. Edwards, J. C. C. Wang, J. K. Freericks, and C. Monroe , Science, 340, 583 (2013)


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