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PhD position on the theory of quantum networks

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    University of Amsterdam (UvA)
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    01/04/2021 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Amsterdam


While a quantum internet is being developed, many open questions remain on the power of networked quantum computers: What are their exact capabilities? And for which distributed tasks can new protocols be found?

The MNS group of the Informatics Institute invites you to apply for a PhD position working on these questions.

What are you going to do?

As part of your PhD project, you will develop new multiparty protocols for joint computational tasks on quantum networks, and prove limits on their power. Research directions for your PhD include:

  • Joint quantum computation under timing constraints. What if networked quantum computers have to perform a computational task together, but are only allowed limited rounds of communication? Can there be a trade-off between time taken and entanglement?
  • Computing on encrypted quantum data. In a quantum network, multiple parties will have to handle quantum data, while not completely trusting each other. To handle this situation, research will have to advance the state-of-the-art in secure quantum computation.

You will be embedded in the MNS group of the Institute of Informatics of the University of Amsterdam. The group focuses its research on the fundamental architectural problems that arise from the interconnection of systems and of data flows. We look at the emerging architectures that can support the operations of the future Internet.

You will work under the supervision of dr Florian Speelman, who will also serve as your co-promotor, and of dr Paola Grosso as promotor.

You will also work in close collaboration with QuSoft, the Dutch research institute for quantum software, which houses experts on all topics in quantum computing. Together, the local institutes form a rich research ecosystem with opportunities to work together with computer scientists, physicists and mathematicians from the various groups situated at the Amsterdam Science Park.

You will start your PhD project concurrently with a PhD student who will work on theoretical questions directly associated with the Quantum Delta CAT-2 project. This gives the opportunity to work together on shared research questions concerning applications on the prototype quantum network that is being developed.

You will:

  • research quantum networks, by developing new protocols for multi-partite quantum computation tasks, and by developing proofs that show the impossibility of some tasks;
  • publish and present your work in international conferences and journals;
  • be an active part of the local research groups at MNS and QuSoft;
  • assist in educational activities and supervision of bachelor and master students.

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Our offer

We offer a temporary employment contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (the initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years). This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and Master students.

The salary will be €2,395 to €3,061 (scale P) gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.

Selection process

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise 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.

The Informatics Institute strives for a better gender balance in its staff. We therefore strongly encourage women to apply for this position.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 1 April 2021.  You may apply online by using the button below. 

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a motivation letter and CV, including a list of publications;
  • name and contact information of a reference.

Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.

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

Additional comments

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

What do we require?

  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related subject;
  • high proficiency in English;
  • previous demonstrated interest in quantum computing, in the form of coursework, projects, or academic publications;
  • high motivation in pursuing academic research.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
University of Amsterdam
1098 XH
Science Park 904

EURAXESS offer ID: 601311
Posting organisation offer ID: 297576


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