The Center

The Center

The Max Planck-UBC-UTokyo Center for Quantum Materials is a collaborative venture between the Max Planck Society (Germany), University of British Columbia (Canada), and the University of Tokyo (Japan) featuring internationally recognized leading scientists and extensive infrastructure for research in quantum materials. This partnership supports collaborative projects, scholarly exchanges, annual workshops, and joint schools for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The Center provides a platform for interdisciplinary exchange and cooperation and is led by three co-directors:

         Prof. Bernhard Keimer (MPI for Solid State Research, Stuttgart)

         Prof. Andrea Damascelli (University of British Columbia, Vancouver)

         Prof. Ryo Shimano (University of Tokyo, Japan)


The projects

For a list of the current projects, please click here.

Your profile

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.


The registration is now open.

Interested candidates should send their complete application to :

Deadline for applications is Sunday, February 16th, 2020 !

The application must contain a curriculum vitae, a publication list, and a research statement. In addition, candidates should arrange for two reference letters to be sent directly to the same address.

The Max Planck-UBC-UTokyo Center for Quantum Materials is committed to employing more disabled individuals and especially encourages them to apply. The Center seeks to increase the number of women in those areas where they are underrepresented, and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Joint PhD progam between Stuttgart and Vancouver launched

On October 29th the president of the Max Planck society, Prof. Martin Stratmann, and the president of the University of British Columbia (UBC), Prof. Santa Ono, have signed a letter of intent to establish a joint PhD degree of the UBC and the University of Stuttgart. The degree program is based on collaborative research at the MPI for Solid State Research, the UBC and the University of Stuttgart.
left: Prof. S. Ono (UBC) - right: Prof. M. Stratmann (MPI)
from left to right: Prof. K. Jessen, Prof. D. Manske, Prof. A. Damascelli, Prof. S. Ono, Prof. M. Stratmann, Prof. B. Keimer

"This agreement combines the excellent education and training opportunities of the International Max Planck Research School for Condensed Matter Science (IMPRS-CMS) and the long-standing research collaborative of the Max Planck-UBC-UTokyo Center for Quantum Materials", states Prof. Bernhard Keimer, co-director of the center. "I am looking forward to attract top students worldwide to be trained in our center."
Co-op Employer Award 2017 of the University of British Columbia (Canada)

Co-op Employer Award 2017 of the University of British Columbia (Canada)

The Co-op Employer Recognition Award 2017 was presented to Dirk Manske of the Max Planck Institutes by the UBC Science Co-op for providing excellent Co-op work experiences.

University of Tokyo joins UBC and Max Planck in quantum collaboration

Date: April 25, 2017


The University of Tokyo (UTokyo) has formally joined the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Max Planck Society in advancing quantum materials research. In quantum materials, the collective behaviour of electrons generates a wide range of spectacular physical properties including unconventional magnetism and superconductivity.


The new partnership will create the Max Planck – UBC – UTokyo Centre for Quantum Materials, an expansion of the original Centre, the Max Planck-UBC Centre for Quantum Materials, established in 2010.


UTokyo President Makoto Gonokami, Max Planck Society President Martin Stratmann and UBC President Santa Ono (from left to right) signed an agreement to formalize the growing partnership today at the University of Tokyo. They were joined by the Centre’s three co-chairs: Bernhard Keimer, director of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research; Andrea Damascelli, scientific director of UBC’s Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute; and Atsushi Fujimori, Professor of Physics at UTokyo.


The partnership commits to joint research collaborations at all three institutions and creating exchange opportunities for scientists and students to work and study at the partner institutions.


UTokyo brings expertise in synthesizing and characterizing  quantum materials to the Centre. Currently 120 research groups at different departments in three UTokyo campuses are working in the field of condensed matter physics. By expanding the partnership, it strengthens existing research collaborations and creates new joint projects in quantum materials research through promoting the exchange of students, researchers, and new ideas.


Since 2010, the Centre has created a new, innovative forum for scientific exchange and collaboration, which has enabled important discoveries in superconductors and other quantum materials. The Centre has given bright young scientists new opportunities to experience the spirit of international collaboration, and to contribute to a rapidly evolving research frontier. We are delighted to welcome UTokyo as a strong institutional partner with many internationally leading research groups in the field of quantum materials.  


Quotes from the Max Planck – UBC – UTokyo Centre for Quantum Materials co-chairs:


Bernhard Keimer:

“I very much look forward to new research collaborations with friends and colleagues at the University of Tokyo, and to a unique partnership with leading scientists on three continents.”


Andrea Damascelli:

“I am thrilled that UBC researchers will be working alongside top scientists from Max Planck and the University Tokyo to create knowledge for a better future.”


Atsushi Fujimori:

I am excited to see that UTokyo is now part of the Center for Quantum Materials. I believe it will be the strongest partnership in quantum materials research and encourage new generation in this field.”   


The Max Planck Gesellschaft, the University of British Columbia Center for Quantum Materials and the University of Tokyo provide a forum for interdisciplinary cooperation between physicists, chemists, and materials scientists working in the field of quantum phenomena in complex materials.

The diverse collaborative projects of research groups within the Max-Planck Society of Germany, the University of British Columbia in Canada and the University of Tokyo, Japan include the synthesis and exploration of novel d- and f-electron compounds exhibiting symmetry breaking phenomena such as magnetism, orbital ordering and superconductivity; the investigation of the properties of surfaces and interfaces in correlated materials, ranging from catalytic activity to electronic reconstructions; the refinement and application of advanced spectroscopic methods such as spin-resolved ARPES, resonant x-ray reflectivity and high-resolution RIXS; and the theoretical study of strongly correlated and low-dimensional quantum systems.

A central mission of the Centre is to establish research opportunities at different stages of the scientific career, with flexible appointments between a few months as a visiting scientist and a few years as a postdoctoral fellow or a PhD student. At present, we have an opening for a number of top-tier Max-Planck-UBC-UTokyo fellowships which offer excellent candidates the chance to conduct research in a collaborative project of our international setting. In addition, a number of postdoctoral and PhD student positions are available within individual groups participating in the Centre.

The Center also creates new educational opportunities for students: This includes joint summer and winter schools and undergraduate jobs where students will get to know a different scientific culture and environment at an early stage of their careers.

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