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Postdoc on Mathematics of Quantum Algorithms

Are you an ambitious researcher with a PhD degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, or Physics, strong mathematical background, and expertise in quantum computing and quantum algorithms?

QuSoft is looking for a postdoctoral researcher for developing and analyzing new quantum algorithms. This position is part of Maris Ozols VIDI project “Mathematics of Quantum Algorithms”, funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). The goal of this project is to develop quantum algorithms for algebraic problems, as well as for problems where both the input and output are quantum states as opposed to classical bit strings. More specifically, we will focus on designing new quantum transforms and subroutines. We will look for new ways to attack algebraic problems using ideas from Hadamard matrix theory, and use tools from representation theory to extend the quantum Schur transform and apply it to problems with permutational and/or unitary symmetries. You will also have an opportunity to collaborate with other members of QuSoft.

What are you going to do?

You will be expected to fulfill the following tasks:

  • collaborate with me and my PhD students;
  • assist with the supervision of my PhD and MSc students;
  • regularly present research results at international workshops and conferences, and publish them in conference proceedings and journals;
  • participate in and contribute to the organisation of research activities and events at both QuSoft and ILLC, such as workshops and colloquia.

While this is primarily a research position, you will have the opportunity to contribute to teaching activities.

What to require of you?

You have:

  • a PhD degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, or Physics;
  • a strong background in quantum computing and quantum algorithms, as witnessed by talks and publications in leading conferences and journals;
  • in-depth knowledge of representation theory, abstract algebra, or combinatorics will be considered as an advantage;
  • a strong passion for research and for exploring new areas of mathematics, and the wish to develop new skills through working with or assisting in guiding PhD and MSc students;
  • excellent communication skills in English, both oral and written.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours a week, preferably starting in September 2021. You will be given an initial contract for a probation period of one year. On positive evaluation, your contract will be extended for a further year.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be between €2,790 to €4,402 gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive of 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.

Questions?

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How to apply?

The deadline for application is August 8, 2021. Please find more information how to apply on the University of Amsterdam website here.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantum Algorithms for Ray-tracing

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to investigate the application of quantum computing to sampling algorithms for scientific applications. In particular, the intended focus is to investigate quantum speed-ups for ray tracing, a sampling algorithm with many practical applications, with a view towards meteorological applications.

The ideal candidate has a strong background in the theory of quantum algorithms. Experience with meteorology and ray tracing is appreciated but not required.

This project encompasses both theoretical directions, in developing the mathematical foundations of new quantum algorithms, and the option to test and implement new algorithms you might develop. Towards proof-of-concept implementations and simulations, you will collaborate with experts on atmospheric modeling from Wageningen University, notable the group of dr. ir. Chiel van Heerwaarden, with support from the HPC facilities and quantum simulation expertise of SURF.

You will be employed at the Institute for Informatics (IvI) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and you will be a member of 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. This project is made possible by support from the SURF programme on Quantum Computing, part of the SURF Open Innovation Lab.

What are you going to do?

The project is a scientific exploration of the possibilities of speeding up raytracing using quantum algorithms. Your research within this exploration can encompass several aspects of this question, including:

  • study state-of-the-art classical ray tracing as currently applied in atmospheric modelling, and other areas of science;
  • proving results on the capabilities of quantum ray tracing algorithms, and quantum sampling algorithms in general;
  • develop new quantum algorithms for these tasks;
  • implement proof-of-concept versions of new quantum ray tracing algorithms on atmospheric data and analyze their accuracy and performance;
  • collaborate with experts from classical scientific communities on this new research line;
  • write, publish, and present scientific papers disseminating your results.

What do we require?

  • A PhD in quantum algorithms, or related topic.
  • Interest and experience with sampling algorithms or related is a plus.
  • High proficiency in English.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours a week, for the duration of 12 months. The preferred starting date is as soon as possible.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,790 to €4,402 (scale 10) 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.

Questions?

Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

More information and want to apply? Please go to this website.