Ph.D. and postdoc positions in quantum-inspired (tensor network) algorithms for differential equations

IT University of Copenhagen
March 31, 2023
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Ph.D. and postdoc positions in quantum-inspired (tensor network) algorithms for differential equations

The quantum algorithms group at the IT University of Copenhagen is inviting applications for several PhD and postdoc positions to work on quantum-inspired tensor network algorithms for solving differential equations. The proposed starting date is July 1st 2023, or soon thereafter.

The IT University's vision is to create and share knowledge that is profound and leads to groundbreaking information technology and services for the benefit of humanity. The Computer Science Department seeks to conduct research and education that are both foundational and have impact on industry and society.

The projects

Solving partial differential equations (PDE) to high precision is essential for many applications in science, engineering and finance, including: chip design, radar cross section, computational fluid dynamics, seismic imaging, quantum chemistry, derivatives pricing in finance, and many more. Globally, a large fraction of high-performance computing resources is allocated to solving PDEs. The aim of the project is to develop state-of-the-art tensor network algorithms for solving partial and stochastic differential equations. The project will involve both analytic and numerical components. Collaboration on projects on tensor network algorithms for quantum computing research might also be a part of the PhD and postdoc projects.

Job description
  • Contribute to the advancement of groundbreaking resarch, in a diverse, interdisciplinary environment
  • Publish scientific papers at high-impact journals and top-tier conferences
  • Engage in local and international collaborations
  • For postdocs: engage in mentoring activities with bachelor and masters students.
  • General information

    The IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) is a teaching and research-based tertiary institution concerned with information technology (IT) and the opportunities it offers. The IT University has more than 160 full-time Faculty members. Research and teaching in information technology span all academic activities which involve computers including computer science, information and media sciences, humanities and social sciences, business impact and the commercialization of IT.

    Questions about the positions can be directed to associate professor Michael Kastoryano, IT University of Copenhagen, [email protected]

    The team

    The main supervisor for the project will be Michael Kastoryano, Associate Professor in Computer Science at ITU ( The quantum algorithms group at ITU is a rapidly growing subgroup of the Algorithms division. We aim at building a diverse team. All applications are welcome; those from members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

    Research environment

    The candidate will be working very closely with our local and international collaborators. In particular, the group has regular meetings and shared office opportunities with the Center for Quantum Mathematics at the University of Copenhagen (, the Pioneer center for AI (, the Niels Bohr Institute (, and the Novo Nordisk quantum computing center as well as our quantum start-up partners (https: // www.

    Copenhagen is becoming one of the epicentres for quantum technologies research and development, with a myriad of activity both in the academic and in the industrial space. The candidates are expected to engage with the various partners in this space.

    PhD student qualifications (36 months positions)
  • Master's degree in Physics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, or related fieds.
  • Comfort with mathematics as well as coding.
  • Good programming skills (focus on Python)
  • Postdoc qualifications (24 (+12) months position)
  • PhD degree in Physics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, or related fieds.
  • Significant experience with tensor network methods.
  • Good programming skills (focus on Python)
  • Salary

    Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Taxation's agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).

    Application The application should be in English and should include:

  • A motivated application, including a cogent argument for how qualified you are for the position and brief statements of research and teaching plans
  • A full CV, including name, address, phone number, e-mail, previous and present employment and academic background
  • Documentation of academic degrees (copy of degree certificates etc.)
  • Copies of max. 5 different publications that are relevant to the position
  • A numbered list of publications. The enclosed publications should be marked with an asterisk ()
  • Documentation of pedagogical experience and teaching record within one or more of the teaching areas listed for the position (Postdoc).
  • Applications without the above-mentioned required documents will not be assessed.

    The applicant will be accessed according to the Appointment Order from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of 13 March 2012.

    The IT University may use shortlisting in connection to the recruitment process. In case of shortlisting, the Chair of the hiring committee selects applicants for assessment in consultation with the hiring committee after the application deadline. All applicants are notified whether their application has been passed for assessment. The shortlisting of candidates for assessment is based on the criteria in the job posting.

    Application procedure

    You can only apply for this position through our e-recruitment system. Apply by pressing the button "Apply for position" in the job announcement on our website.

    Please read the guidelines for applicants carefully before filling in the application form. You can see the guidelines through this link.

    Applications should be written in English. All other documents, such as transcripts should be accompanied by a translation in English or Danish.

    Please note that all application material will be destroyed after the assessment.

    Application deadline: 31 march 2023 at 23:59 CEST.

    Applications/enclosures received at ITU after the application deadline will not be taken into consideration. If you submit an application, it is your responsibility to ensure that it arrives before the deadline so please allow sufficient time for upload of publications and other documents.

    The IT University invites all qualified researchers regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background to apply for the positions.

    IT University of Copenhagen, Rued Langgaards Vej 7, DK-2300 Copenhagen S


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