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PhD candidate in Quantum Algorithms

Faculty of Science – Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics

PhD candidate in Quantum Algorithms
Publication date 16 December 2020
Closing date 7 February 2021
Level of education Master's degree
Hours 38 hours per week
Salary indication €2,395 to €3,061 gross per month
Vacancy number 20-783

QuSoft and The Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI) of the University of Amsterdam invite you to apply for a PhD position in Quantum Algorithms.

You will conduct research in the theory and design of quantum algorithms for optimization problems, both continuous and discrete, including NP optimization. This line of research includes both long-term and NISQ algorithmic theory and design, with a special focus on applications to use cases motivated by industry problems. The ideal candidate has a background in the theory of quantum computing, with a strong foundation in mathematics and/or theoretical computer science.

You will be jointly supervised by Stacey Jeffery (CWI) and Michael Walter (University of Amsterdam). You will be employed by the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics at the University of Amsterdam, but will also be a member of QuSoft, a vibrant and interdisciplinary research institute hosted by CWI, and as such, will share an office with other QuSoft students at CWI.

What are you going to do?

You will:

  • perform research on Quantum Algorithms;
  • be part of the research center QuSoft and interact with its senior and junior members;
  • attend relevant international conferences and present your work to the wider quantum community;
  • contribute to educational programs at the University of Amsterdam and outreach efforts of QuSoft.

What do we require?

  • A Master’s degree in Mathematics and/or Computer Science (or equivalent);
  • an excellent academic track record;
  • excellent writing and communication skills in English;
  • a formal background in quantum computing research is not required (although it’s a plus), but your research statement should reflect a demonstrated interest in quantum algorithms.

Our offer

A temporary 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. The starting date should be no later than 1 September 2021, but is negotiable.

The salary will be €2,395 to €3,061 (scale P) gross per month, based on a full-time contract of 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? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.

About QuSoft

QuSoft is the Dutch research center for quantum software. Its mission is to develop new protocols, algorithms and applications that can be run on near-term and future quantum computers. QuSoft was launched by CWI, UvA and VU in December 2015 and builds on the institutions’ excellent track record in quantum computing and quantum information. You will formally be employed by the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics at the University of Amsterdam, but you will have an office at CWI.


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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 Korteweg-de Vries 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 7 February 2021. You can apply online by using the link below.

Please upload the following information in a single PDF file:

  • a curriculum vitae, including education, honours and awards, internships and research projects, scientific publications (if applicable);
  • a motivation letter that explains why you have chosen to apply for this specific position and describes your research interests and goals (maximum 2-3 pages);
  • a copy of your Master’s thesis (or thesis draft) or, if not completed, another academic writing sample such as a Bachelor’s thesis or project report;
  • a transcript of Bachelor and Master courses (including grades);
  • names and contact information of two academic references (please do not include any recommendation letters).

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

No agencies please