Next generations

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.

 

Master 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. Leaving the students a freedom of choosing the topics they are most interested in, our aim is 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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Contact

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

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 BSGS MSc fellowship program. The next call for applications will start in Autumn 2020.

ML4Q Courses

 

Platforms for Quantum Technologies

This new course (click here for details regarding registration, curriculum, etc.), taught jointly by lecturers from Aachen, Bonn, Cologne, and Jülich covers the broad range of research within ML4Q. It took place for the first time at the University of Cologne in block format (comprising both lectures and exercises) from March 16-27, 2020.

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 is planned for March 2021. Its topic would be ‘Security proofs of quantum key distribution’.  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

Scientific Writing Course (module 2) – October 6 and 13, 2020

This online workshop is a follow up of the course offered already in June. The module 2  focuses on follwoing topics: (1) how to manage the writing process, (2) how to write well-structured paragraphs, (3) how to organize paragraph flow, (4) what are the appropriate tenses to be used, and (5) how to indicate the novelty and significance of your work. Please note that even if you have not participated in the first module you are free to join in for the second module! More information can be found here

Past courses
Courses offered by Research School so far:

Scientific Writing Workshop

Research Data Management Workshop

 

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 will 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. More information coming soon.

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 Alumni Career Talks are planned to take place twice a year. More details to come soon.