The "Max Planck Gesellschaft – University of British Columbia Center for Quantum Materials" provides 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 and the University of British Columbia in Canada 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 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.


Summer school, Stuttgart

"Superconductivity and Magnetism at the Nanoscale", June 30 - July 3, 2014. Superconductivity and magnetism are often seen as incompatible phenomena as magnetism easily destroys superconductivity. However, in some instances a coexistence with intriguing properties may ensue when, for example, the dimensions of the superconductor are reduced or the magnetic moments are very localized. Both superconductivity and magnetism are fascinating subjects on their own and they are far from being understood. In combination, they have revealed an even stranger world of effects, of which it seems that we have only scratched the surface so far. This summer school will cover the topics superconductivity and magnetism as well as the combination of the two, how they can coexist in materials and how they interact to produce new particles, such as the Majorana fermion.  

Max Plank - UBC - University of Tokyo workshop

"Quantum Materials", December 9 - 11, 2013. The workshop is intended to review current activities at the Max Planck - UBC Center and introduce research on quantum materials at the three participating institutions. The workshop program is available here.  
Science Coop UBC
MP-UBC researchers discover possible secret to superconductivity. Short description of the findings is available here and here.