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2 PhD-positions for boundaries of a quantum advantage

We are looking for two PhD students who will conduct theoretical research on the boundaries of quantum advantage in phonotics, aiming to enhance understanding of practical conditions and noise tolerance levels critical for near-term devices.

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Key takeaways

  • Hours
    38 - 40 hr.
  • Salary indication
    Salary gross/monthly
    based on full-time
    € 2,770 - € 3,539
  • Deadline
    14 Apr 2024

In this project, we will theoretically study the boundaries of a quantum advantage in photonics. Photonics is one of the leading technologies for quantum computing, and a few years ago, was one of the first technologies in which a quantum advantage was demonstrated. However, the practical conditions under which a quantum advantage arises in photonics are still not fully understood, for example in the amount of noise which the photonic system can tolerate. This conceptual limit also strongly hinders efforts to find applications for near-term photonic devices. The goal of this project is to strengthen our understanding of a quantum advantage in photonics, both by finding better simulation algorithms as well as developing better validation strategies. Your home base will be within the Adaptive Quantum Optics (AQO) chair [www.utwente.nl/aqo] in the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente. The AQO group hosts a variety of research projects in photonic quantum computing, from optical building blocks to theory, providing you with a broad background in quantum photonics.

Your supervisor will be Dr. Jelmer Renema. We work closely together with our colleagues in the integrated photonics program, and with associated industries in the program. We intend to fill this position in the beginning of 2024. This project is being carried out as part of the National Growth Fund Photonics.

Your profile

  • A master’s degree in Physics with a background in integrated photonics, (quantum) optics or related areas.
  • You are an excellent team player in an enthusiastic group of scientist and engineers working on a common theme.
  • English writing and presentation skills.
  • You like to work in an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented environment.

Our offer

  • A full-time position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year.
  • Your salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU).
  • You will receive a gross monthly salary ranging from € 2.770,- (first year) to € 3.539,- (fourth year)
  • There are excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, and a solid pension scheme.
  • A minimum of 232 leave hours in case of full-time employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. A full-time employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis.
  • Free access to sports facilities on campus.
  • You will have a training programme as part of the Twente Graduate School of the University of Twente where you and your supervisors will determine a plan for a suitable education and supervision.

Information and application

Are you interested in this position? Please send your application via the 'Apply now' button below before March 31 and should  include:

For more information regarding this position, you are welcome to contact Jelmer Renema, j.j.renema@utwente.nl.

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About the department

Adaptive Quantum Optics (AQO) combines adaptive methods to counteract or even exploit disorder in nanophotonic systems in combination with quantum states of light. Within AQO, we employ adaptive systems designed to compensate for fluctuations and randomness inherent in nanophotonic structures. Whether exploring natural or artificial multiple-scattering photonic media or engineered nanophotonic structures, we strive to uncover the underlying principles that govern their behaviour.

AQO stands as a beacon at the intersection of quantum optics, nanooptics, and security, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and a commitment to pushing the boundaries of scientific exploration.

About the organisation

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

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Renema, J.J. (Jelmer)

Renema, J.J. (Jelmer)
Assistant Professor

Renema, J.J. (Jelmer)
Assistant Professor

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If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer. If applicable, we will sign you up for screening.

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