Postdoctoral position in Quantum Algorithms

Copenhagen University
June 17, 2024
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The newly established Novo Nordisk Foundation Quantum Computing Program (NQCP) is building a talented and diverse international team to create a cutting-edge program in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark. At the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, where the formulation of Quantum Mechanics was born 100 years ago, the ambition is to build a mission-driven full-stack approach which will involve exciting innovations at every level, from the quantum processor to the quantum-classical interface all the way quantum algorithms and applications. The vision of the programme is to enable the development of fault-tolerant quantum computing hardware and quantum algorithms that solve important problems in the life-sciences.

NQCP is looking for a motivated postdoc to develop our activities in quantum algorithms. This role is anchored in the Algorithms & Applications area of the programme but extends out to interface with the hardware efforts that are underway. Broadly the programme is both algorithm and hardware agnostic, so a key question to be answered is whether there are combinations of algorithms (and thus use cases) and hardware specifications that will offer advantages when employed together.

The successful candidate is likely to have some of the following qualifications:

  • A PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science or a related discipline
  • Experience in the broad area of quantum computing
  • Interest in probing the interface between quantum algorithms and quantum hardware
  • Interest in being part of a large team on a mission driven project
  • Interest in developing strategies for optimal communication of the results of their research with hardware and algorithms researchers
  • Interest in developing strategies for optimal communication of the results of their research with the broader quantum computing community
  • Willingness to collaborate with both academic and industrial partners
  • Why Us?

    Joining NQCP now, you will be involved from our early stages and contribute to the fulfilment of the mission of NQCP. We want to make Denmark a world leader in quantum research, and we hope to attract people from all over the world.

    Life in Denmark is supported with strong social services (free universal healthcare, free/subsidised language courses, paid parental leave, subsidised day care institutions and excellent public schools). Our work culture is very egalitarian and prioritises work life balance. Dual career families are the norm, and workplaces offer flexibility to support everyone in having both an exciting career and good family time. Danish cities are known for having excellent infrastructure, for example through widespread bike path networks. We can also offer a thriving food-scene, excellent museums, and beautiful natural scenery.

    Terms of employment

    The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

    Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

    Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

    The working hours are 37 hours per week on average and the working hours are flexible.

    The position is for a period of two years and is open from 1 September 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

    Appointment will be subject to receipt of a security clearance.

    Please include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Statement about motivation (max. 2 pages) – why are you interested in joining NQCP and what interests you in this position? How does this align with your past experience and future career objectives?
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 3 particularly relevant papers
  • The deadline for applications is 17 June 2024, 23:59 GMT +2.

    The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

    The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

    After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

    Further information

    For further information please contact Gemma Solomon, [email protected]

    The Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen – or SCIENCE – is Denmark's largest science research and education institution with 4,000 employees and 9,700 Bachelor and master students in 12 departments. The faculty has an annual budget of DKK 3 billion.

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