Young post-doctoral researcher

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    Jagiellonian University
    PhysicsQuantum mechanics
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    01/03/2020 22:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Poland › Kraków

The Department of Physics at Jagiellonian University announces a position for a Junior Postdoc in the new research group in Quantum Error Correction.

The group is established as a part the “Near-term quantum computers, optimal implementations and applications” (NISQ) project which has the goal characterize the computational power and to investigate possible practical applications of quantum computing devices consisting of a limited number of imperfect qubits. The Quantum Error Correction Group in NISQ aims at developing new techniques to cope with noise and imperfections affecting quantum systems from physically motivated interactions with realistic environments using techniques of statistical physics and open quantum systems.

The goals of the group will evolve over time building on collaboration and synergies within NISQ, and the wider community. Current near- and/or intermediate-term objectives are to:

  • estimate quantitatively the influence of non-harmonic baths on the dynamics of a quantum system, and translate this understanding into new global statements on errors in quantum operations;
  • develop and apply the theory of quantum large deviations to describe, predict and mitigate the effects of large and rare events in open quantum system dynamics;
  • develop quantum control processes that take into account the disorder generated in the environment (“Landauer heat”).

The group will be led by Erik Aurell. Detailed research agenda, with the description of specific research directions that the group will pursue is available on https://nisq.eu/.

NISQ is funded by Foundation for Polish Science. Within NISQ has been formed a network of four closely collaborating research groups, working on cutting-edge aspects of quantum technology. The other groups are: Quantum Computing Group, led by Michał Oszmaniec from Center for Theoretical Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw), Quantum Machine Learning Group, led by Zbigniew Puchała from Institute of Theoretical and Applied Informatics of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Gliwice) and Quantum Resources Group, led by Kamil Korzekwa from Jagiellonian University (Kraków).


  • Full time employment for 24 months with negotiable starting date (but not later than 1st of June 2020), possible extension for additional 12-16 months (subject to evaluation; a fixed ending date of the project is set to 30th of June 2023).
  • Gross salary: up to 8300 PLN/1900 EUR per month (expected after-tax salary: up to 6400 PLN/1500 EUR).
  • Travel funds.
  • Basic equipment and core facilities.
  • Scientific and organisational support.

Selection process

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to erik.aurell@gmail.com with the subject line "NISQ PostDoc 2020 Aurell". Applications should include:

  1. Curriculum vitae (including a research record with a list of publications, talks and academic awards).
  2. Research record with a list of publications, talks and academic awards.
  3. Short motivation letter including the description of current research interests (max. 1 page).
  4. Documents confirming the scientific degrees (copies of MSc and PhD diplomas).

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview. We expect that the interview will be held in second half of March in Kraków. Confirmation will be sent to the prospect candidates shortly after the application deadline. Questions should be emailed to: erik.aurell@gmail.com.


Additional comments

Key responsibilities:

  • Active scientific research.
  • Presenting results at workshops and conferences.
  • Participation in mentoring of PhD and Master students.
  • Active role in setting up local and international collaborations.
  • Involvement in group activities (seminars, group meetings, etc.).

Offer Requirements


PhD degree in physics, mathematics or computer science. Research experience in at least one of the following fields:

  • Open quantum systems,
  • Quantum information theory,
  • Quantum computing,
  • Statistical mechanics (non-equilibrium).

Interest in quantum thermodynamics will be an additional benefit. Experience in mentoring and/or supervising students. Fluent spoken and written English.

Specific Requirements

Jagiellonian University is an equal opportunity employer.

For this position a candidate should have no more than five years of academic work experience after obtaining PhD.


Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Jagiellonian University
ul. Łojasiewicza 11

EURAXESS offer ID: 472072


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