Open Calls

Call for “Excellence Fellowships”

The PhD School “Quantum Computing and Quantum Technologies” (QCQT) of the Physics Department, University of Basel, is announcing a PhD excellence fellowship. We are looking for an outstanding candidate with MSc degree in quantum science (or related field). Applications are accepted until January 1st 2019. The Excellence Fellowship provides full funding for up to four years to complete a PhD thesis. The official language of the PhD School program is English.


The QCQT PhD school brings together several research groups from both theoretical and experimental quantum science and quantum technology at the University of Basel and EUCOR — the European campus. The main areas of research are quantum computing, quantum measurements, spintronics and quantum magnonics, quantum sensing, quantum optics and cold atoms, quantum transport and nanoelectronics, topological properties of condensed matter systems, and quantum communication. Together, we are offering an excellent graduate program covering basic courses, advances seminars, summer/winter schools and workshops, performing research at the forefront of quantum science and quantum technology. Further, the program also provides soft skill courses, industry contacts, and an international, interdisciplinary and thriving environment in strong exchange with partner programs and centers such as the NCCR QSIT. We are aiming at attracting outstanding PhD students from in- and outside of Switzerland and providing training at the forefront of QCQT research.


To apply for an excellence fellowship, please submit the following documents via the online-portal:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Official transcriptsMSc, BSc, diplomas etc with grades, from all relevant institutions of higher education (all in English or German).
  3. Statement of objectives/Motivational letter.A short statement of your research interests and how they relate to the work of our department. To increase your chances to be accepted to the PhD school, we encourage you to contact one of the professors of our department and secure their support for your application.
  4. List of publications, if available.
  5. One to three recommendation letters.The referees should upload their recommendation letters directly to the portal. It is your responsibility to contact your referees and to check that the recommendation letters are uploaded before the deadline.
  6. Masters thesis (pdf)