Student Programs

Whether you aspire to a career in academia, industry, or consulting, SBQMI offers a wide range of opportunities to build skills for success.  


This hands-on and highly interactive course provides students with the knowledge and skills to overcome difficulties or obstacles in their work, ensures they know how to access the people and the use resources they need to successfully complete their research projects and strengthens their confidence.

Introduction to SBQMI - Overview of the Institute, Research Groups, Facilities and Infrastructure, How to Access to Resources Dr. Andrea Damascelli 
Introduction to Physics of Quantum Materials and Future Technologies Dr. Andrea Damascelli 
Introduction to SBQMI's Machine Shop - Machine Shop operations, How to submit a Job to the Machine Shop, Hands-on Practice, Matching Materials to Requirements Harish Gotham
Using Electronic Equipment - Resistance Measurements, Lock-in Techniques Dr. Walter Hardy 
Introduction to Ultra-High Vacuum Equipment and Techniques Pinder Dosanjh, Dr. Mario Beaudoin, Dr.Silvia Luescher-Folk 
Using SBQMI's High-Performance Computing System - Computational Techniques / Modeling Nanoscale Systems / HPC Dr. Joerg Rottler, Dr. Alireza Nojeh
Introduction to Micro- and Nanofabrication Theory  Dr. Kostis Michelakis, Dr. Mario Beaudoin
Introduction to Micro- and Nanofabrication Theory + Clean Room - Lithography, Metal and Insulator Deposition, Dry Etching Dr. Kostis Michelakis, Dr. Mario Beaudoin
Health and Safety in Laboratories - General QMI-AMPEL, Cryogenics, Laser Safety, High Voltage, Compressed Gases, Flammables, etc. Dr. James Day, Pinder Dosanjh
Tips and Techniques in Packaging - Hands on Training in Soldering Wiring, Wire Bonding, Epoxies, Connections, Dicing, UHV/Vacuum/Cry-Compatible, Connectors, etc. Pinder Dosanjh, Dr. Lukas Chrostowski, Dr. Silvia Luescher-Folk, Dr. Hossam Shoman
Working with Low-Noise, High-Precision Electrical Circuits - Sensitive Electronics Dr. Walter Hardy 
Materials Synthesis Including Chemical Vapor Deposition  Dr. Mark McLachlan (RA)
UHV with SAES Getters (mandatory for all students) Pinder Dosanjh
TRIUMF  Public tour


Each month, students have the opportunity to practice their presentation skills by presenting their research project to an audience of peers at Scientific Talks.  They practice answering questions about their work and receive feedback from other students, as well as from one of SBQMI’s scientific staff and the Programs and Careers Manager. 

These sessions are for students only – other than the 2 feedback coaches, faculty and staff do not attend.  This provides a safe environment in which to practice.


Our Large Grants and Awards Facilitator regularly puts on presentations, providing students with expert tips on writing successful grant and award applications.  


Our Programs and Careers Manager meets with each of our new students to understand their aspirations and explain how SBQMI can help them.  Individualized career advice is also offered at any point in a student’s time with us.  Our support includes tips and feedback on resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, and networking.   


SBQMI has a wide network of academic and industry professionals, and entrepreneurs with experience in technology, interdisciplinary research, applied sciences, and electronics, and with a focus on quantum matter applications and research. Throughout the year we invite people from this network to participate in panel discussions where students have the opportunity to hear how they built their careers and to ask questions about how to follow in their footsteps.


This program pairs SBQMI students with academic and industry mentors in a structured relationship. Mentors can share their professional experiences and personal insights. Students have the opportunity to ask questions in a confidential and supportive framework. 

Who Are Our Student Mentees? 

The program is aimed at continuing SBQMI students in their second year of MSc; or second, third, or fourth years of Ph.D. study.

Benefits to Students

  • Opens new career prospects through greater understanding of career opportunities
  • Builds familiarity with the workplace environment and employer expectations
  • Helps to refine aspirations when career planning 
  • Increases confidence 

Benefits to Mentors and Their Organizations

The program provides mentors, alumni, and their organizations with opportunities to:

  • Share their professional experiences with motivated students who are interested in the alumnus’s field of expertise
  • Develop transferable mentoring and coaching skills for future people management or leadership responsibilities within their own careers
  • Gain satisfaction from helping motivated students to increase their confidence and progress with their career choices and ambitions
  • Promote their sector and profession directly to students, along with potential career opportunities within their organization
  • Build a strong link with SBQMI at the University of British Columbia

The Mentor Role and Support from SBQMI's Career Development

The role of a mentor is to support and encourage SBQMI students, helping them to understand how best to use their time at SBQMI to develop their professional skills; this includes advice on preparing for the next stage in their career.

The standard time commitment for a mentor is a minimum of six interactions over the duration of the partnership. At least two of these should be face-to-face meetings (either at the mentor’s workplace or at SBQMI, although for international mentors these meetings can take place over Skype). The mentee will be responsible for organizing these meetings.

Before starting, mentors are provided with our Guide to Mentoring, which provides a more detailed outline of the division of responsibilities within the mentor/mentee relationship, mentor/mentee expectations, logistics, and an overview of support provided to mentors from SBQMI. Mentors will also be invited to the SBQMI Mentoring introductory workshop to meet with their mentees. At this time both will receive a brief training session on:

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Key mentoring and coaching skills
  • Standard expectations and commitments
  • Goal setting
  • Planning and structuring contact
  • Support from Career Development.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact our Manager Programs and Careers at

We look forward to hearing from you!


Observing a professional in the workplace creates understanding and insight into challenges and rewards that come with a career or profession. By spending time in a workplace our students experience the realities of a professional environment and have the opportunity to question and learn from professionals to help inform their career plans.

Why work shadow?

Work Shadowing provides a unique opportunity to: 

  • work with SBQMI students and help them to shape their career plans. 
  • connect with some of the brightest young people who come from different countries of the world
  • develop employees by giving them the responsibility of being shadowed
  • network with potential future talent
  • build a relationship with SBQMI

Who can work shadow?

SBQMI graduate students study quantum computing, condensed matter theory, solar energy, solar fuels, solar electricity, high purity crystal growth, application of scanning probe microscopy techniques, integrated photonics, and electronic properties of complex systems in which valence electrons self-organize into novel ground states substantially different from those of conventional metals and insulators.

Their research topics include electron spin, topological states of quantum matter, laser source technology, quantum materials and their interfaces, cuprate high-temperature semiconductors, development of new organic and inorganic materials with interesting properties that may find applications in electronics, photonics, catalysis, and other applications.

They are building skills in fabricating nanostructures, structural and mechanical properties of materials, and developing new organic and inorganic materials with applications in electronics, photonics, catalysis, and other applications. While some of our students are interested in experiencing a day of work of an industry representative, others would like to get familiar with school environments and their challenges.

Opportunity for you

We welcome applications from host organizations in industry, schools, colleges and entrepreneurial companies. If you are an alumnus, industry or school representative, or other friends of SBQMI, please let us know if you are willing to host a student (or students) at your place of work by emailing:

When will work shadowing take place?

Work shadowing can take place any time that suits both you and the student and will be agreed on between you and the student, coordinated by SBMQI's Manager, Programs and Careers.

How much does it cost?

Work shadowing has no cost for the host organization. There are no salary costs and where applicable SBQMI will cover reasonable travel costs and expenses.

However, you will need to have relevant insurance and provide a health and safety induction as you would for any other visitor to your premises.

How to apply?

If you are interested in supporting our Work Shadowing program, please contact our Manager Programs and Careers at

We look forward to hearing from you!


Experience comes from learning new research techniques and methodologies but also from immersion in different research and working environments. We encourage students to undertake periods of research with our academic partners and collaborators or to take on an internship with one of our industrial partners to experience what it is like to work in the private sector.

All QuEST Ph.D. students and some Ph.D. students who are not recipients of QuEST fellowships have the opportunity to undertake one 3 to 6-month research exchange or internship with an academic partner such as Max Planck Institutes or The University of Tokyo

QuEST MSc/MASc students and some MSc/MASc students who are not recipients of QuEST fellowships will not typically undertake an internship or exchange due to the shorter time frame allotted for research in these programs. However, a work shadowing opportunity may be arranged if it the experience will advance the student's research project. During an internship/exchange period arranged with our academic partners, students will continue to receive their regular stipend, and travel funding will be provided if required. Upon returning to UBC, internship/exchange students are required to give a seminar on the work they did during that time of their studies.


This is a student-led committee, formed to ensure that students feel welcomed, included, and have a top tier experience while at SBQMI by bringing them together in a way that:

  • fosters the collaborative culture and interdisciplinary nature of the Institute
  • ensures they know what all of the different research groups are doing
  • facilitates the sharing of knowledge
  • provides opportunities to build future careers in academia and/or industry
  • builds a strong culture and supportive environment
  • provides opportunities for students to build, and enjoy, collegial relationships

As well as ensuring that students are aware of opportunities at the institute, committee members serve as advocates and provide feedback to faculty and staff with regard to student needs, issues and experience.


Graduate Pathways to Success in UBC's Faculty of Graduate Studies offers a variety of services to students including orientations to UBC, guidance on doctoral exam preparation, thesis submission, and effective writing skills.

Mitacs Professional Development Programs (STEP) offers an engaging program for selected students, with excellent materials and superb instruction from leading business and industry professionals. The STEP program helps participants bridge the gap between university learning and career success through professional skills development in Leadership & Management, Communication & Relationship Building, Personal & Professional Management, and Entrepreneurialism. Current Course Offerings.

e@UBC offers programs and support for all stages of venture creation, from ideation, through business model creation, to company building. Its goal is to support the next generation of UBC entrepreneurs and help future leaders develop the skills they need for success.

The program offers:

  • opportunity for students to grow their venture with access to the UBC ecosystem, services, and research facilities
  • tailored programming for successful venture creation (product-market fit, customer discovery, business model validation)
  • a network of 200 industry mentors
  • opportunity to gain dilutive and non-dilutive funding
  • space: at Robson Square, UBC Vancouver Campus, UBC Okanagan Campus
  • a partnership ecosystem: access to a multitude of service providers, including lawyers, tax, and financial advisory services