Senior Post-doctoral Researcher at ICTQT, UG

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    University of Gdansk
    PhysicsQuantum mechanics
    TechnologyQuantum technology
    Established Researcher (R3)
    14/04/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Poland › Gdansk

About project

We are looking for the Senior Post-doctoral Researcher to work in the newly created International Centre for Theory of Quantum Technologies (ICTQT), funded by the Foundation for Polish Science, and hosted by the University of Gdansk. The founders of ICTQT are Marek Zukowski as the director, and Pawel Horodecki as a co- applicant. The Centre’s official foreign partner is IQOQI-Vienna of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Gdansk is the pioneering and leading center of quantum information research in Poland. Gdansk, and the whole Tri-City, is one of the most beautifully located urban areas in Poland, with sandy sea beaches, lakes, and woods within in it and in the nearby area. It is the birthplace of Polish jazz and rock festivals, and vibrant in many fields.

The Centre consists of 7 groups: Multiphoton Quantum Optics for Quantum Information (leader Marek Zukowski); New Quantum Resources I (leader Paweł Horodecki); New Quantum Resources II (leader Michał Horodecki); Quantum Cybersecurity and Communication (leader Marcin Pawłowski); Foundational Underpinnings of Quantum Technologies (leader Ana Belen Sainz); Quantum Computation, Quantum Error Correction and Many-body Systems; Quantum Open Systems.

About research groups

The broad aim of the Multiphoton Quantum Optics for Quantum Information group is to develop theoretical quantum information science of immediate experimental testability as well as to study the fundamental issues like causality, new concepts in theoretical quantum optics, and efficiency of quantum (optical) protocols.

Specific goals include:

  • Operational translation of the schemes proposed by the other groups of ICTQT into experimental optical setups and feasibility studies.
  • Direct collaboration with experimental teams of our IQOQI partner as well as other laboratories.
  • Investigations concerning device independent or self-testing quantum communication, quantum information processing schemes, aimed at commercialization.
  • Search for new research avenues in quantum optics allowing demonstrations of quantum protocols or various kinds.
  • New indicators of non-classicality in quantum optics.
  • Application of theoretical/operational/experimental methods of quantum multiphoton interferometry to other processes of potential value for quantum communication and information processing.
  • Quantum optical implementations of secure data transmission.
  • Theory of optical test of quantum mechanics.

The broad aim of New Quantum Resources I and II groups would be to perform research concerning quantum phenomena which could be used for quantum information processing.

Possible initial specific topics are:

  • Connections between quantum computational speedup and contextuality /Bell “nonlocality”.
  • New protocols on randomness amplification.
  • Research on communication networks.
  • Connections between violations of Bell inequalities and of non-contextuality and the quantum advantage in communication complexity.
  • Quantum thermodynamics with state transitions by Thermal Operations.
  • Relativistic quantum information processing.

The broad aim of the Quantum Cybersecurity and Communication group would be to perform research concerning quantum phenomena which could be used for quantum methods for information transfer, coding and processing, aimed towards applied physics and possible commercialization.

The goals of the group are:

  • Development of self-testing protocols
  • Security analysis of information processing protocols
  • Research towards increasing efficiency and reliability of quantum protocols
  • Studies of general rules for information processing
  • Studies on quantum hacking and cryptanalysis to identify possible attacks and ways of preventing them
  • Investigations of the role of information processing protocols as a tool to analyze the fundamental laws of Nature
  • Finding experimental, applied physics, and industrial partners and collaborating with them towards building commercial quantum devices, prototypes, or obtaining patents.

The Foundational Underpinnings of Quantum Technologies group’s research program would be tailored at understanding and harnessing nonclassical phenomena from a novel scope, which combines an operational vision with a process-theoretic approach. The specific goals of the group include:

  • Formulating candidate theories that supersede quantum. In particular, explore which possible deviations of quantum theory are still sensible.
  • Study causality within and beyond quantum theory, from a process-theoretical scope. Focus on the study of indefinite structures as a resource for information processing.
  • Characterizing the quantum manifestation of nonclassical phenomena. The main focus will be on Bell nonlocality, contextuality, steering, and correlations in causal networks.
  • Developing resource theories to address quantification.
  • Identifying current and new forms of nonclassicality as resources for quantum technologies. Study the power provided by quantum resources vs. resources allowed in nonclassical theories beyond quantum.
  • Assessing nonclassical speed-up for computation, within and beyond quantum theory.

The broad aim of the Quantum Computation, Quantum Error Correction and Many-body Systems group would be to perform research concerning quantum computing and related problems.

Possible initial goals could include:

  • Quantum pseudo-randomness
  • New connections between quantum computational speedup and impossibility of non-contextual and local realistic models of quantum phenomena
  • New models exhibiting localization phenomenon
  • Quantum error correction for quantum computers/quantum memories (in touch with the “Quantum open systems” group)
  • New quantum information processing gates, with new platforms, and studies of their feasibility
  • New quantum algorithms
  • Reduction of decoherence in quantum information processing.

Examples of possible initial specific goals of the Quantum Open Systems group are the basic mathematical framework of quantum open systems including completely positive maps, various types of master equations and entropic methods for analysis of quantum models relevant for emerging quantum technologies. Search for quantum mechanisms of energy transduction in manmade and biological systems.

Specific possible initial topics are:

  • General conditions for work generation in quantum machines; self-oscillations and feedback mechanisms,
  • Fully quantum models of electric current generation in photovoltaic, thermoelectric and fuel cells including nanoscopic devices and biological counterparts,
  • Quantum thermometry based on temperature-dependent dynamical effects (decoherence),
  • Models of errors and their control in application to quantum information processing.

Senior Post-doctoral Researcher does not have to be a formal member of any of these groups. The candidates’ expertise must be related with the needs of ICTQT for curial R&D competences. Senior Post-doctoral Researchers would be encouraged to form their own research groups financed from external grants.

The position of the Senior Post-doctoral Researcher offered by the International Centre for Theory of Quantum Technologies of the University of Gdansk is within implementation of the project “International Centre for Theory of Quantum Technologies”. The project is financed by the Foundation for Polish Science from the funds of the Smart Growth Operational Programme UE, axis IV: Increasing the research potential (Measure 4.3) under the International Research Agendas Programme.

Key responsibilities include:

  1. Active scientific research.
  2. Research leadership involving expansion to new fields of quantum information processing and active role in setting up of international research networks. Active procurement of new research grants from external sources (Flagship, ERC, National Science Centre, etc.).
  3. Active involvement in a MSc and a PhD training programme.
  4. Participation in mentoring of PhD and Master students.
  5. Participation in organizational activity of ICTQT.
  6. Active involvement in seminars, group meetings etc.


  • employment in a rapidly developing unit, the International Centre for Theory of Quantum Technologies at the University of Gdansk,Poland;
  • full-time employment from July,1 2019 till June, 30 2022 (36 months). The start date of employment is negotiable; the employment period may be extended after an evaluation;
  • gross monthly salary up to PLN 14 000 PLN (depending on candidate’s qualifications);
  • scientific and organizational support;
  • basic equipment and core facilities;
  • friendly, inspiring, interdisciplinary environment, including “entanglement” with National Centre for Quantum Information (KCIK) and Institute for Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics (IFTiA) at UG.

Selection process

General rules of the recruitment process:

  • Candidates may run simultaneously for other positions offered by ICTQT.
  • A senior postdoctoral position is offered to candidates from 5 up to 10 years after the doctoral degree (PhD degree obtained between 2009 - 2014).
  • The decision will be made by the ICTQT Selecting Commission (SC) within 3 months from the deadline for submission of applications.
  • An interview is expected. SC reserves the right to invite only pre-selected candidates for the interview.
  • SC reserves the right to close the competition without selecting the candidate.
  • SC’s decision is final and is not subject to appeal. However, actual hiring of a Senior Post-doctoral Researcher at the ICTQT requires an approval by FPS.

Required documents:

  • filled-in recruitment form;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • a research resume with a list of publications, and a list of research projects (esp. those in which the candidate was the principal investigator); PDF file of the five most important papers by the candidate (or web links, in the case of open access publications); A list of invited talks at conferences and workshops, and a list of academic prizes and awards;
  • motivation letter (including description of immediate and, separately, long-term research plans, plans to form a group, innovation potential and possible prospects to establish industrial connections, all discussed in relation with the research aims of ICTQT) – up to five pages;
  • documents confirming scientific degrees (copy of PhD and/or habilitation diplomas and professorial nominations, or equivalent);
  • names and contact details (e-mail addresses) of at least two senior researchers who may provide references for the candidate (the candidate is expected to contact the referees and ask them to send reference letters directly to ictqt@ug.edu.pl. The letters must be sent before the deadline.). ICTQT may also contact the referees directly, to request the letters, or to send reminders.

Offer Requirements

    ENGLISH: Excellent


  1. A scientist with scientific achievements, solid knowledge and research experience in quantum information or related fields.
  2. PhD degree preferably in physics. PhD degree in computer science or mathematics is also acceptable. The senior postdoctoral position is offered to candidates from 5 up to 10 years after the doctoral degree (PhD degree obtained between 2009 -2014) - see: Additional info -> Selection process -> General rules of the recruitment process.
  3. Written and oral communication skills.
  4. Skills in coordinating, and/or supervising the work of others.
  5. Candidates with a record of successful grant applications are preferred
  6. Ability to work effectively with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Work location(s)
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International Centre for Theory of Quantum Technologies, University of Gdansk
Wita Stwosza 63

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