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Q-FARM (Quantum Fundamentals, ARchitectures and Machines) is Stanford's initiative in quantum science and engineering, supported by seed funding by the university and SLAC.

2021-22 Q-FARM Fellows
2021-22 Q-FARM Fellows

Congratulations Brendan Marsh and Tiffany Paul

Brendan Marsh, PhD candidate, Applied Physics. Research Focus: My group's research will investigate the use of driven-dissipative quantum systems as computational platforms. In particular, multimode cavity QED systems that leverage a neural network architecture with open quantum dynamics demonstrate great potential for solving real-world optimization problems and for memory storage. Our work involves engineering these quantum optical systems in the laboratory and formulating effective theories to describe their complex dynamics. My advisor is Benjamin Lev, Associate Professor of Physics and Applied Physics,

Tiffany Paul, PhD candidate, Applied Physics. Research Focus: Using cantilever torque magnetometry to measure the magnetic properties of gated exfoliated quantum materials. Advisor: Aharon Kapitulnik, Physics and Applied Physics.

Bloch fellowship

Bloch Fellowship in Quantum Science and Engineering

The Stanford-SLAC Quantum Initiative, Q-FARM, invites applications for the 2022 Bloch Fellowships in Quantum Science and Engineering. Named after the pioneering Stanford scientist Felix Bloch in honor of his wide-ranging quantum mechanical discoveries and inventions, these fellowships are intended for the next generation of researchers blazing a similarly innovative trail.

Candidates are encouraged to describe in their research proposal opportunities for collaboration with one or multiple groups at Stanford. They may wish to contact Q-FARM faculty members ( to discuss possible research areas prior to applying. The initial appointment includes 3 years of support with an annual salary of approximately $80,000 and benefits. 

Applications and supporting credentials must be submitted through Academic Jobs Online. Candidates should upload their curriculum vitae, publication list, two-page research statement, and arrange to have three letters of reference submitted online. For queries, please contact Lancy Nazaroff ( Candidates whose applications and supporting materials, including letters, are uploaded on or before November 5, 2021 will be guaranteed full consideration. 

Appointments are expected to begin on or around Autumn 2022. It is expected that at least four fellowships will be awarded. 

Eligibility: For consideration, candidates must have completed a PhD degree prior to their tentative appointment date. The fellowship is open to US citizens or international candidates. Candidates from groups that are under-represented in their disciplines, including women, ethnic minorities and individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply. Research areas eligible for the fellowship include quantum chemistry, quantum communication, quantum computing, quantum information, quantum gravity, quantum materials, quantum optics, quantum sensing and most other research specialties that can legitimately be prefixed by the word “quantum.” 

Complementary programs: Applicants for the Bloch Fellowships may be eligible for other Stanford fellowship programs, such as the Stanford Science Fellows and SITP postdoctoral fellowships. They are encouraged to apply to all relevant programs.

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The PhD Fellowship application cycle closed June 15, 2021.

2021-22 Academic Year Q-FARM Fellowships

For the 2021-22 academic year, Q-FARM will award a pair of two-year fellowships each worth $50,000 to Stanford PhD students working on quantum measurement, quantum materials, quantum information, quantum optics or a related area. The fellowship is only open to students who have already completed at least one full year of PhD study at Stanford.

Faculty members are invited to nominate students for the fellowship. There is a limit of one nomination per faculty member. 

Applications will be judged on the strength of the candidate, the quality of the proposed research and the potential for the fellowship to create new interdisciplinary collaborations across research groups.

A nomination package consists of the following:

Prepared by nominating faculty member:
Nomination letter describing the student and their research 
Email to: 

Prepared by the student
CV including list of publications
Description of proposed research (limit one page)
Description of relevant accomplishments (limit one page)
Email to: 

Recommendation letters: The student should arrange for two additional recommendation letters, at least one by another Stanford faculty member (other than the nominator)
Email to:
All materials due by June 15, 2021.