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PhD position in Mathematics of Quantum Information

Faculty of Science – Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics

PhD position in Mathematics of Quantum Information
Publication date 23 May 2019
Closing date 1 September 2019
Level of education Master's degree
Hours 38 hours per week
Salary indication €2,325 to €2,972 gross per month
Vacancy number 19-325

The Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI) at the University of Amsterdam invites you to apply for a PhD position in quantum information in the group of Michael Walter. Quantum information is a vibrant research field at the interface of mathematics, computer science, and physics. We are part of the QuSoft Research Center, which brings together researchers from many different disciplines working in all areas of quantum information science.

Job description

You will have the opportunity to take an active role in shaping the direction of your PhD research. Possible topics could be (but are not limited to): optimization algorithms for geometric, algebraic, and combinatorial problems with a high degree of symmetry; mathematical foundations, static analysis, and tool support for quantum computing and quantum networks. Depending on your background and preferences, your project can be purely theoretical or also have a significant software development component. Please see our homepage for an overview over current research directions in the group.

In addition to an exciting research project and a friendly and stimulating work environment, a generous travel budget will allow you to attend relevant international conferences and present your work to the scientific community.

As part of your appointment, you will also be involved in teaching in our Bachelor and/or Master programmes in Mathematics and/or Physics (about 20% of your appointment).


  • A Master’s degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, or Physics (or equivalent);
  • an excellent track record during your Master studies;
  • fluency in English, both written and spoken.

Further Information

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The anticipated starting date of the appointment is in fall 2019, preferably 1 September 2019.
The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years. The appointment should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis).
Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,325 (first year) up to a maximum of €2,972 (last year). The annual salary will be increased by 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.

Job application

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.

You are invited to send in your application using the link below. The deadline for this application was 17 June 2019. Applications later than June 17 will be considered at our discretion until the position is filled.

Please upload the following information in a single PDF file:

  • letter of motivation (including a description of your background, research interests, and relevant expertise; at most 3 pages);
  • curriculum vitae;
  • list of grades (Bachelor and Master, or equivalent);
  • names and contact details of two references;
  • any other relevant material (publications, thesis draft, link to your GitHub repository, …).


No agencies please

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