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Postdoctoral Researcher in Mathematics of Quantum Algorithms

Deadline: Sunday 8 August 2021
Vacancy details of Postdoctoral Researcher in Mathematics of Quantum Algorithms
Publication date 15 July 2021
Closing date 8 August 2021
Level of education Master's degree
Hours 38 hours per week
Salary indication €2,790 to €4,402 gross per month
Vacancy number 21-593

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.


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About us

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) is an interdisciplinary  research institute at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in which researchers from the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities collaborate. Its central research area is the study of fundamental principles of encoding, transmission and comprehension of information. Research at ILLC is interdisciplinary, and aims at bringing together insights from various disciplines concerned with information and information processing, such as logic, mathematics, quantum computing, computer science, linguistics, natural language processing, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, music cognition, and philosophy. ILLC offers an international research environment with world-class faculty in all of its areas of specialization.

QuSoft is the Dutch research centre for quantum software, launched in 2015 by the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). QuSoft builds on these institutions’ excellent track record in quantum computing and quantum information.

QuSoft’s mission is to develop new protocols, algorithms and applications that can be run on small and medium-sized prototypes of a quantum computer. The main focus of researchers at QuSoft is on the development of quantum software, which requires fundamentally different techniques and approaches from conventional software.

Job Application

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

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 8 August 2021. You can apply online by using the link below. 

Applications (in one single .pdf file, using your surname as the file name) should include:

  • a cover letter, including a description of your research interests and accomplishments, as well as an explanation for why you are applying for this particular position (at most two pages);
  • a detailed curriculum vitae (CV), including your list of publications; please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience;
  • your solutions to the post-doc challenge problems (; trying to solve these problems will give you a very good idea of what the project is about, and will also help us to assess how interested and suitable you are for this project;
  • links to three selected publications available online, with a short motivation for the selection made (mature drafts of papers or papers currently under submission are also acceptable);
  • a link to your PhD thesis available online (if available already) or an indication of the current status of your PhD thesis;
  • the names, affiliations, and email addresses of three people we can contact for letters of reference for you.




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