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PhD Position - Optimal Control Theory for Quantum Technologies

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    Forschungszentrum Jülich
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    23/07/2021 17:07 - Europe/Brussels
    Germany › Jülich
    To be defined


Work group:

PGI-8 - Quantum Control

Area of research:

PHD Thesis

Job description:

The Peter Grünberg Institute for Quantum Control (PGI-8) at the Forschungszentrum Jülich specializes in novel optimization strategies for emerging quantum technologies. These emerging technologies aim to provide transformative changes to our society, including how we think about information, and unlocking vast calculations for the natural sciences, logistical problem solving, and high-performance computation. Our group has pioneered the application of quantum optimal control methods to quantum computation and many-body quantum systems. This includes the development of physical models and model reduction techniques as well as algorithmic advances of in-situ optimization and machine learning to tackle the complex processes inherent to scalable quantum devices.

Your Job:

  • cooperate with and support experimental partners ranging from Nitrogen vacancy centres to atomic systems, to quantum dots, to superconducting qubits, with an aim towards practical technological implementation
  • develop techniques to simulate and control the dynamics for increasing system complexities
  • design and implement optimization techniques for controlling the dynamics of experimental quantum-technology platforms
  • model and mitigate major sources of experimental error (such as dissipation)

Your Profile:

  • Master degree in physics (or in a related subject)
  • Background and strong interest in developing theoretical models and methods as well as in implementing numerical optimization techniques
  • Interest in working closely with experimentalists
  • Detailed knowledge of quantum physics and experience with quantum technology
  • Strong mathematical education, in particular in relation to linear algebra
  • Programming experience (e.g., Python or Julia)
  • Ability to effectively communicate in written and spoken English
  • Ability to work autonomously and in close interaction within a team
  • Most importantly: enthusiasm to explore uncharted territory, develop, and follow your own ideas

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your doctoral degree:

  • Opportunity to conduct research at the interface of theory and experiment in a world-leading group in quantum control.
  • Work in a highly motivated research group as part of an international and interdisciplinary working environment with access to outstanding computing facilities and connections to the best research institutions around the world.
  • Continuous scientific mentoring by your scientific advisor as well as feedback and wide-ranging expertise from the whole group in multiple facets of quantum technology and optimization.
  • Opportunity of participating in (international) conferences and project meetings.
  • Participation in overarching seminars including certificate.
  • The skills that you will acquire during your Ph.D. are in high demand both in academia and in high-tech companies: at present, there is significant government and private investment in the field of quantum technologies.
  • 30 days of annual leave
  • A structured doctoral degree programme for you and your supervisors with a comprehensive further training and networking package on our doctoral researchers’ platform JuDocs www.fz-juelich.de/judocs

  • Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service

The position is initially for a fixed term of 3 years. Pay in line with 75% of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) and additionally 60 % of a monthly salary as special payment („Christmas bonus“). Further information on doctoral degrees at Forschungszentrum Jülich including our other locations is available at: www.fz-juelich.de/gp/Careers_DocsForschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

This research center is part of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers. With more than 42,000 employees and an annual budget of over € 5 billion, the Helmholtz Association is Germany's largest scientific organisation.

Work location(s)
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Forschungszentrum Jülich

EURAXESS offer ID: 615188
Posting organisation offer ID: 2021D-039


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