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ML4Q Research School

ML4Q helps to train the next generation of scientists and engineers in quantum technology. The cluster-wide ML4Q Research School  builds on the successful existing inter-site structure, the Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy (BCGS), and connects closely to the Research Training Group on ‘Quantum many-body methods in condensed matter systems’ (RTG 1995) in Aachen. It provides support in training and scientific development to  young researchers from master to postdoctoral level.


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Undergraduate Students

The three participating universities offer a wide variety of courses allowing undergraduate students at all sites to complete master programs or specialization areas related to quantum science and technology. By complementing this offer with new ML4Q courses and internship program we aim to provide a comprehensive view on quantum information theory and on platforms for devices.

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PhD Students & Postdocs

ML4Q PhD students and postdocs, distributed among all the partner institutions, profit not only from an excellent scientifc environment as well as networking possibilities, but also from vast training and career development offers by partner universities and the ML4Q Research School.

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You have more questions or miss some information? You have new ideas for training or networking related activities? If so, you are very welcome to contact ML4Q’s research school coordinator:

Dr. Magda Radermacher

Research School Coordinator

Tel.: +49 (0)221 470-89872

ML4Q Undergraduate Research Internship Program


Undergraduate students from Germany and abroad, interested in quantum science and technologies can apply to our Research Internship Program and get a hands-on experience on  research being done in our cluster.

During the 9-12 weeks summer internship, accepted students will work on selected research project in one of ML4Q groups in Aachen, Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf or Jülich. In addition by actively participating in the seminars and other ML4Q events at different locations they will have a chance to meet other students and scientist and start to build their professional network. Our internees can also profit from the various offers for students at host universities and thus get an insight into the students’ life in Germany.

The call for applications is open now! Application deadline is on November 15th, 2021!

More information on how to apply can be found here.


Master programs related to quantum information and technology


All sites offer Master programs or new areas of specialization related to quantum information and technology. More information can be found on the respective websites of the partners:

Note: Students interested in joining the BCGS and Master Track on Quantum Technology at RWTH Aachen can apply to the BCGS MSc fellowship program. The  call for applications for Winter term 2022/23 is open now! Application deadline is on December 1st.

ML4Q Courses


Platforms for Quantum Technologies

This new course taught jointly by lecturers from Aachen, Bonn, Cologne, and Jülich covers the broad range of research within ML4Q. The next course will take  place in block format (comprising both lectures and exercises) from March 3-23, 2022. To find out more and register please visit the course website.


Intensive weeks

These are topical block courses offered usually during the semester break. During a one week intensive training students get an opportunity to get a first hand insight into the current research related to quantum technologies and information.

The first ML4Q course in this format: ‘Security proofs of quantum key distribution’ took place from March 1 – 5 2021. More information can be found here.

ML4Q Certificate

Master students interested in quantum technologies, after fulfilling the requirements listed below, can be granted a ML4Q Certificate. This document, signed by all universities and partner institutions will document students’ commitment to quantum information and  technologies topics.

  • Attendance of Platforms for Quantum Technologies Course
  • Attendance of one of the ML4Q Intensive Weeks
  • Attendance of one of the courses listed here
  • Master Thesis in one of the ML4Q groups

If you have any questions to the certificate, please contact ML4Q Research School Coordinator


Training in Transferable Skills


All three universities have an excellent offer on training in transferable skills open to all ML4Q PhD students and postdocs. ML4Q associated members can participate in programs offered by Albertus Magnus Centre in Cologne, (AMC)  Bonn Graduate Centre  (BGC) and the Center for Doctoral Studies (CDS) at RWTH Aachen, independently of their affiliation. Here you can find infomation about the courses  for PhD students in Cologne, Bonn and Aachen. Programs for postdocs can be found at AMC and BGC websites. If you are interested in attending a course offered by the university you are not affiliated to, please contact the research school coordinator first.

The already existing programs are complemented by courses organised by the Research School itself, in collaboration with BCGS and CDC. The PhD students are also encouraged to participate in the ML4Q courses (e.g. Intensive Weeks), workshops and seminars.


Our Courses


Upcoming courses

Time management

18 & 19 October 2021; 9:00 – 13:00 (online). Trainer: Prof. Axel Minten

The focus of this workshop is on setting priorities, successful goal setting and goal achievement, as well as planning of work steps at the office or remote at home. After completing this workshop, you will have gained key qualifications in modern time management, self-motivation and self-management to improve your efficiency in working time, productive output and goal focus during the time of PhD research and thesis. You can register and find all details here

Project management

The course is in preparation. If you are interested in attending it, please contact the Research School Cooridnator

Career Development

This course is still in planning. More details will come soon.



Past courses

Courses offered by Research School so far:

Scientific Writing Workshop 1 & 2

Research Data Management Workshop

Presentation Skills for Science and Research

Teaching for Tutors – online seminar on implementation and optimization of tutorials.

Supervision on Master/Bachelo Students




Networking & Career Planning



Students and postdocs in the ML4Q cluster are not only distributed over different locations, but also work on very diverse research questions. Thus, we plan various activities to bring them together and provide an opportunity to get familiar with different topics represented in the cluster. One of them is a ‘PhD & Postdocs Retreat’. During this event, organised by young researchers, students and postdocs have a chance to get to know each other, discuss science, meet invited guests and also learn how to present their own research to audience not really familiar with their topic. In addition participants can profit from short workshops on technical and transferable skills. The first PhD & Postdoc Retreat will took place on August 26-27, 2021.


Another important aspect of professional development of young scientists is planning of next career steps. Here again ML4Q students and postdocs can profit from programs already offered by University of Cologne, Bonn University  and RWTH Aachen.

In addition, the ML4Q Alumni Career Talks will give young scientists a first hand insight into the possible career paths in the field of Quantum Technologies and Information. In this seminar series two to three invited guests from and outside academia will share their working experience with students and postdocs. The format including short talks, panel discussion and informal get together will assure that the audience gets the information on various possiblities and interacts directly with the speakers. The 1st Alumni Career Talk took place on May 25th. More information can be found here. The next one is planned for November 2021.