Moore Fellows in Materials Synthesis 2024
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems (EPiQS) Initiative aims to accelerate progress in the field of quantum materials—solids and engineered structures characterized by novel quantum phases of matter and exotic cooperative behaviors of electrons. EPiQS places special emphasis on materials synthesis, as a key driver of progress in the field. We established the Moore Fellows in Materials Synthesis awards to strengthen materials synthesis efforts at leading U.S. universities and enable talented junior researchers to establish robust research programs in their new academic labs.
The 2024 competition for Moore Fellows in Materials Synthesis is open to all U.S. researchers satisfying the eligibility requirements detailed below. We are looking for scientists showing outstanding creativity, originality, and a potential for becoming future leaders in synthesis and discovery of quantum materials, as well as providers of highest-quality materials for the experimental community. The selected Fellows will receive grants in the amount of $1,200,000 for research programs of their own choosing. We anticipate selecting up to two Fellows by May 2024.
Candidates should be early-career scientists whose primary research expertise and interests are in quantum materials synthesis. An applicant must currently hold their first tenure-track appointment at a U.S. university, started in 2021 or later. We will also consider applicants who have or will have accepted their first tenure-track job offers before the February 16, 2024 deadline even if they have not started their new jobs yet. We welcome applications from individuals regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, national origin, religion, or disability status.
All materials synthesis techniques will be considered. Strong preference will be given to candidates interested in the basic science of quantum materials, rather than practical applications. The following broad classes of solid materials are of interest to EPiQS:
• Strongly correlated systems, including but not limited to high-temperature and other unconventional superconductors, Mott insulators, heavy fermion systems, multiferroics, and correlated oxide heterostructures;
• Frustrated magnets and other solids exhibiting exotic magnetic behavior;
• Materials exhibiting topological order;
• Two-dimensional crystals and layered systems, including but not limited to graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides, and van der Waals heterostructures;
• Other low-dimensional systems, including but not limited to quantum wells and quantum wires with emergent electronic properties.
The application process will have two stages. In the first stage—statement of intent to apply—applicants will submit their basic personal and employment information, curriculum vitae, and a brief description of their research interests. These applicants will be prescreened to determine their eligibility and programmatic fit, and eligible applicants will be invited to submit additional information, including an expanded research statement.
Statements of intent to apply will be due by February 16th, 2024, at 5 pm Pacific Time. Applicants should enter the required information themselves, as no institutional involvement is required at this stage of the application process. Eligible applicants will be invited to submit full applications in early March.
To submit your statement of intent to apply, click on the green "Apply" icon. You must first register for the application portal if you have not done so already (click "Register" in the top right corner of the screen).
Please email any questions to EPiQS@moore.org.