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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.  

Postdoctoral Researchers

Annually, the JQI offers both a theoretical and experimental Postdoctoral Fellowship. Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to work in close collaboration with one or ideally more than one JQI Fellows. The successful applicant has the freedom to choose from a variety of research areas. Quantum information science utilizes many different physical systems. At JQI, researchers can work in areas such as quantum condensed matter physics, many-body physics, degenerate gases, quantum information, quantum optics, and superconductivity. Applicants are encouraged to explore the JQI website ( and to contact JQI Fellows to inquire about current research interests. Research may be carried out at the University of Maryland campus or the NIST campus in Gaithersburg.

The application for the 2020 Theoretical Fellowship is now open. For full consideration, please apply by November 15, 2020 at the following link:

The application for the 2021 Experimental Fellowship is now open. For full consideration, please apply by January 15, 2021 at the following link:

In 2018, we began advertising a separate Theoretical Quantum Optics Fellowship. The term "quantum optics" is meant in the broadest sense, and includes atomic, molecular, and optical physics, as well as aspects of quantum information theory, condensed matter physics, and quantum thermodynamics. The University of Maryland Theoretical Quantum Optics Fellows will be encouraged to collaborate broadly across JQI, QuICS, and CMTC.

The application deadline for full consideration for the 2020 Thoertical Quantum Optics Fellowship is December 1, 2020. You are invited to apply at the following link:

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 for Admission, under "Educational Intent," select Joint Quantum Institute as one of your Areas of Interest.

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)