International PhD Program in Quantum Materials

A new joint-PhD program connecting the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (SBQMI) at the University of British Columbia and the University of Stuttgart, with participation from the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany, offers unparalleled opportunities to study in the fields of quantum materials and quantum materials-based devices. The highly collaborative nature of the joint-PhD program means that graduate student scientists are exposed to a wide variety of experimental and theoretical techniques, and materials systems beyond their immediate research projects, and will contribute to a rapidly evolving research frontier.

Successful applicants will be outstanding and highly motivated scientists with a strong background in physics or chemistry. Strong publications on quantum materials and enthusiasm for collaborative research are expected. Enrolled students will divide their time between the three participating institutions, and will be supported by faculty at each site. 

Degrees and certifications will be conferred by each institution. Learn more about the collaboration between our centres.

Joint PhD student Rafael Haenel

Rafael Haenel, a joint PhD student supervised by Marcel Franz at UBC, and Dirk Manske at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) in Stuttgart.

“The joint PhD program gives me the chance to get to know a second academic environment, meet interesting people, and participate in the collaboration between our two institutes.”

How to apply

Applications for this program are now open, and will be accepted until January 16, 2022.

We recommend to that you review and contact potential supervisors from the list of Principal Investigators at SBQMI prior to applying for the program. Applicants can also visit the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for more information on Research Supervisors at the University of British Columbia.

To participate in the joint-PhD program, students must first be admitted to a PhD program in physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science, or a related discipline at either the University of Stuttgart or UBC. For information on applying to graduate programs at UBC, visit the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Contact us

For more information on applying to the joint-PhD program, please email Natalia Bussard, Manager, Programs and Careers, at

If you have questions about the program or its partners, email Andrea Damascelli at or Dirk Manske at