Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantum Algorithms and Optimization

We offer a two-year postdoctoral position as part of a joint research project between QuSoft and TOYOTA, that is exploring the possibilities of quantum computing in research and development use cases, in particular quantum optimization as part of machine learning workflows.

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.

What are you going to do
The project is a scientific exploration of the possibilities of speeding up the solving of optimization problems, especially those related to primitives in machine learning. This will be done in collaboration with domain experts from TOYOTA, who will contribute real-world use cases and data. Your research will encompass several aspects of this question, and will encompass:

  • study the computational problems arising within real-world machine learning work-flows, matching them with possible quantum optimization algorithms;
  • adapt these quantum algorithms for the specific use-cases, and develop new quan-tum algorithms for these tasks;
  • implement proof-of-concept versions of quantum optimization algorithms on real-world data and analyze their accuracy and performance;
  • write, publish, and present scientific papers disseminating your results.

The project will be supervised by:

  • dr. Sachin Kinge for TOYOTA
  • dr. Florian Speelman and prof. dr. Harry Buhrman for QuSoft, UvA

What do we require from you

    • a completed PhD in quantum algorithms, or a closely related topic;
    • strong motivation to work in a cross-disciplinary environment at the interface of academic and corporate research;
    • fluency in oral and written English and good presentation skills.

Our offer to you

A temporary employment contract for 38 hours per week for a period of 24 months. Starting as soon as possible.

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and dependent on relevant experience, ranges between € 2,846 to € 4,490 (scale 10). This is supplemented by 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year allowance. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits, check for the benefits here.

Do you have any questions about this vacancy?

Or do you want to know more about our organization? Please contact: Dr. Florian Speelman

Applications should include the following information (all files besides your CV should be submitted in one single pdf file):

  • a cover letter in which you present yourself briefly;
  • a personal statement describing your general research interests, past research and research plans;
  • a detailed CV including the months (not just years) when referring to your education and work experience;
  • a list of publications;
  • the names and email addresses of three referees who can provide letters of recommendation (please do not include any reference letters in your application).

Interested? Apply here.

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