PhD Student (2 positions)

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    Jagiellonian University
    PhysicsQuantum mechanics
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    08/11/2019 22:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Poland › Kraków

Project description:

The broad aim of the newly established Quantum Resources Group is to develop a theoretical framework underpinning quantum technologies, with a particular focus on quantum computing and quantum thermodynamics.

The main goals of the group are:

  • Identifying resources responsible for quantum advantage over classical strategies in various information-theoretic and thermodynamic tasks.
  • Characterising allowed resource transformations in different regimes.
  • Finding optimal ways to experimentally implement protocols exhibiting quantum advantage, while taking into account realistic constraints.

These goals will be achieved within three research objectives:

  1. Development of a unified framework for classical simulations of quantum circuits.
  2. Devising feasible thermodynamic protocols exhibiting quantum advantage.
  3. Constructing operational scenarios within the resource theory of coherence.

The group will be led by Kamil Korzekwa and the detailed research agenda, with the description of specific research directions that the group will pursue, is available at http://kamilkorzekwa.com/group/research_agenda.pdf.

The group is established as a part of a larger project Near-term quantum computers, optimal implementations and applications funded by Foundation for Polish Science. Within this project a network of four closely collaborating research groups, working on cutting-edge aspects of quantum technology, has been formed. The remaining three members of the consortium are: Quantum Computing Group (led by Michał Oszmaniec from Center for Theoretical Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences), Quantum Machine Learning Group (led by Zbigniew Puchała from Institute of Theoretical and Applied Informatics of the Polish Academy of Sciences) and Quantum Error Correction Group (led by Erik Aurell from Jagiellonian University). Marek Kuś from Center for Theoretical Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences is the leader of the entire project, while the part of the consortium established at Jagiellonian University will be supervised by Karol Życzkowski.

Key responsibilities:

  1. Gaining expertise in the fields of quantum information and computation.
  2. Active scientific research.
  3. Presenting results at workshops and conferences.
  4. Involvement in group activities (seminars, group meetings, etc.).


  1. Full time employment for up to 43 months with negotiable starting date (but not later than 1st of February 2020) and a fixed ending date (30th of June 2023).
  2. Scholarship: 3800 PLN/900 EUR per month (untaxed).
  3. Additional development fund (for conference fees, travel, summer schools etc.): 3800 PLN/900 EUR per month.
  4. Basic equipment and core facilities.
  5. Scientific and organisational support.

Selection process

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to jobs@quantum-resources.com and should include all the required documents. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview. We expect that the interview will be held in mid-November in Kraków (the confirmation will be sent to the prospect candidates shortly after the application deadline). Any questions should be emailed to: kamil.korzekwa@quantum-resources.com.

Offer Requirements


  1. Having a status of a PhD student on the starting date (successful applicants will be obliged to enrol as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of the Jagiellonian University, which will require separate recruitment process that we can assist with).
  2. Good knowledge of the following subjects: quantum physics, statistical physics, quantum information.
  3. Strong mathematical background.
  4. Proven research record (publications, talks) will be an additional benefit.
  5. Good spoken and written English.

Specific Requirements

Required documents:

  1. Curriculum vitae.
  2. Short personal statement describing research interests and reasons to apply (max. 1 page).
  3. An electronic copy or a link to a Master thesis.
  4. Declaration confirming the participation in PhD studies at the starting date.
  5. Names and contact details (e-mail addresses) of at least one senior researcher who may provide references for the candidate. The candidate is expected to contact the referees and ask them to email reference letters to jobs@quantum-resources.com (the letters must be sent before the deadline).

Work location(s)
2 position(s) available at
Jagiellonian University
Łojasiewicza 11

EURAXESS offer ID: 451891


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