QuSoft PostDoc positions at UvA and CWI

Faculteit/Dienst:  Faculteit der Natuurw., Wiskunde & Informatica
Opleidingsniveau:  Gepromoveerd
Functie type:  Wetenschappelijk Personeel
Sluitingsdatum:  15 februari 2023
Vacaturenummer:  11005

 

 

Are you excited about fundamental questions in quantum information science? Would you like to join the world-leading group of researchers at QuSoft in Amsterdam?

 

QuSoft is the Dutch research Center for Quantum Software, a collaboration between the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI). Its mission is to explore and develop uses of quantum computers and other quantum technologies, for the benefit of society. The researchers at QuSoft develop algorithms, software and applications that exploit the extraordinary power of quantum computers based on their quantum mechanical properties, such as superposition, interference and entanglement. That requires fundamentally different techniques and approaches from those used to develop conventional software.

 

At the moment, we are looking for postdoctoral researchers to fill the following positions:

  1. As part of Stacey Jeffery’s ERC project on Algorithms, Security and Complexity of Quantum Computers, you conduct research within the area of theoretical computer science aspects of quantum computing (CWI);
  2. You will work with Ludovico Lami (Mathematics and Physics, UvA) on various topics in theoretical quantum information science, including the investigation of quantum resources such as entanglement and non-stabiliser quantum computation ("magic"), and quantum Shannon theory, with a focus on quantum communication and hypothesis testing.

 

What are you going to do?

 

You are expected to:

  • carry out original research in quantum information processing;
  • have strong analytical and technical skills;
  • have an interdisciplinary mindset and an open and proactive personality in interacting with researchers from different disciplines;
  • be active in the fundamental research area of quantum information processing, publishing in high level-international journals and presenting at leading conferences;
  • take part in ongoing educational activities, such as assisting in a course and guiding student thesis projects, at the BSc or MSc level;
  • help with supervising PhD students on relevant topics.

 

What do you have to offer?

 

We are looking for a candidate with:

  • an MSc in computer science, mathematics, physics or a related field;
  • a strong scientific interest in quantum information processing;
  • strong academic performance, demonstrated by publications in international refereed academic journals and conferences;
  • professional command of English and good presentation skills;
  • the willingness to work collaboratively with other researchers.

 

Our offer


We offer a temporary employment contract for 38 hours per week for a period of 24 months. The preferred starting date is as soon as possible.

 

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and dependent on relevant experience, ranges between € 2,960 to € 4,670 (scale 10). UvA additionally offers an extensive package of secondary benefits, including 8% holiday allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%. The UFO profile Researcher 4 is applicable. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Universities of the Netherlands is applicable.

 

Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:

  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
  • Multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre;
  • Multiple courses on topics such as leadership for academic staff;
  • Multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • Partly paid parental leave;
  • The possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • A pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
  • The possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch;
  • Help with housing for a studio or small apartment when you’re moving from abroad.

Are you curious to read more about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits, take a look here.

 

About us

 

The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 42,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

 

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

 

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science and is linked to the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The mission of CWI is to conduct pioneering research in mathematics and computer science, generating new knowledge in these fields and conveying it to trade, industry, and society at large. CWI is located at Science Park Amsterdam. It is an internationally oriented institute, with 160 scientists from approximately 30 countries. The facilities are first-rate and include excellent IT support, career planning, training, and courses.

 

QuSoft is the Dutch research Center for Quantum Software, a collaboration between the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI). Its mission is to explore and develop uses of quantum computers and other quantum technologies, for the benefit of society. The researchers at QuSoft develop algorithms, software and applications that exploit the extraordinary power of quantum computers based on their quantum mechanical properties, such as superposition, interference and entanglement. That requires fundamentally different techniques and approaches from those used to develop conventional software.

 

The Theory of Computer Science (TCS) group of the Informatics Institute (IvI) does research on the theoretical foundations of computer science. The aim is to seek greater understanding of fundamental computational techniques and their inherent limitations. You will be joining a growing and vibrant team of colleagues in Amsterdam all working in theoretical computer science from various UvA institutes such as IvI, the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), the mathematics institute (KdVI), but also CWI and the VU. See here for an overview.

 

Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.

 

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Job application

 

If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the button below. We accept applications until and including 15 February 2023.

 

Applications should include the following information (all files including CV and cover letter should be submitted in one single pdf file):

  • a detailed CV including the months (not just years) when referring to your education and work experience;
  • a letter of motivation (at most 1 page) clearly indicating which of the positions you are interested in applying to, and explaining why you are interested in this/these position(s);
  • a list of publications;
  • the names and email addresses of two or three references who can provide letters of recommendation (please do not include any reference letters in your application).

 

Please make sure to provide ALL requested documents mentioned above.
You can use the CV field to upload all requested documents, including the motivation letter, as one single pdf file.

 

Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.

 

We will invite potential candidates for interviews after the closing date.

 

 

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

 

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