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Postdoc position on comparison between quantum advantage strategies, NWO Vidi

Join our team to explore theoretical approaches for classically simulating quantum advantage demonstrations across different platforms, with a focus on transferring techniques between disciplines to develop novel simulation strategies.

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Key takeaways

  • Hours
    38 - 40 hr.
  • Salary indication
    Salary gross/monthly
    based on full-time
    € 3,877 - € 5,090
  • Deadline
    14 Apr 2024

In this project, we will theoretically study different approaches towards classically simulating quantum advantage demonstrations in a variety platforms. The aim is to transfer techniques from one platform (such as photonics) to another, thereby paving the way for new simulation strategies. Our understanding of the conditions for a quantum advantage currently lags behind what can be achieved in experiments. By ‘porting over’ strategies that have been developed in other contexts (such as random circuit sampling) the goal is to come to new simulation strategies, that will strengthen our understanding of where the boundary of a quantum advantage lies.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

  • PhD degree in Physics and a solid background in integrated photonics, (quantum) optics.
  • You have a good team spirit and like to work in an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented environment.
  • You have excellent analytical skills and in innate ability for solution-oriented problem solving.
  • You possess social and communication skills, in academic as well as non-academic contexts.
  • You are fluent in English, both in speaking and writing.

Our offer

  • A full-time position for two years, and the flexibility to work (partially) from home.
  • 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 € 3.877,- to € 5.090,-
  • 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.
  • A family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid).
  • Excellent career support and courses for your professional and personal development.

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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