NSERC CREATE and Specialized Graduate Programs

Program Details - Why Apply to Quanta?

Students trained through the Quanta program will acquire a unique set of skills and opportunities through an innovative approach that combines work in pan-Alberta collaborative research projects with an innovative set of learning opportunities: new courses on quantum nanotechnology, training in strategic management of innovation and entrepreneurship, career development workshops, and industry development days.

Through links to industry, access to state-of-the-art facilities (including those for nanofabrication), and opportunities for “entrepreneurship microloans” where they can test new ideas, students will find fertile ground for learning and innovation.


Built-in professional skill development

Quanta students will take part in professional skill development tasks above and beyond their traditional physics training. Trainees will:


  • GAIN EXPERIENCE IN COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH

  • TAKE ON PROJECT MANAGEMENT ROLES

    • formulate and meet milestones
    • produce and present progress reports
  • DEVELOP THE SKILLS TO COMMUNICATE RESEARCH & INNOVATION 

  • CULTIVATE AN ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT



Cross-institutional and multi-sector training

To achieve our objectives in exposing trainees to a broad range of quantum technologies and to strengthen their ties with industrial partners, trainees will participate in annual workshops and summer schools.

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

Quanta graduate students will attend and participate in yearly Quantum Alberta Workshops organized around exchange between:

Here, trainees will network with leading quantum nanotechnology developers and receive expert-level industrial feedback on their quantum technology research.

HANDS-ON TECHNICAL TRAINING

All Quanta students will have access to the UAlberta nanoFab; with ⇡$110M in specialized nanofabrication equipment, by all measures this is Canada’s biggest and best nanofabrication facility.

In addition to being easily accessed by Quanta trainees, the nanoFab is open to—and heavily used by—our industrial partners. This means that students trained on specialized nanofabrication and characterization tools are highly sought after by such companies, since they already have a jump start on product development.

 



Career support and excellent prospects

A PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF INDUSTRIAL PLACEMENT

The Quanta Program provides advanced industry-oriented training and placement through strong industrial partnerships.

Graduates from member labs are excelling in quantum and nanotechnology industries:

PROMISING & VARIED CAREER POSSIBILITIES

Students from member research laboratories have gone on to careers including:

  • Research scientist
  • Nanofabrication engineer
  • Technology-company entrepreneur
  • Industrial management, finance, or technical sales
  • Government research & development (R&D) scientist
  • Academic scientist


Supplementary support 


SEED FUNDING / MICRO-GRANTS

Quanta has allocated funds for entrepreneurial micro-project seed grants and will facilitate technology transfer to the market place with support from experienced entrepreneurs.

Students will have the opportunity to apply to finance:

  • exploratory ideas,
  • product development,
  • or market analysis

and will be given the time and access to laboratory equipment to develop these projects. 


TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES

Quanta dedicates a portion of the budget to student travel:

  • to seed and sustain cross-institutional projects and to enhance collaborations,
  • and to support student travel to workshops and conferences related to quantum nanotechnology development.

This includes travel within Alberta, as well as to national and international collaborators.