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Are you enthusiastic about quantum information science and are you equally passionate about research and education in this field? Are you looking forward to taking the next step in your career and are you excited about joining one of the world-leading places in quantum research? The Informatics Institute (IvI) at the University of Amsterdam is seeking to significantly strengthen its quantum profile by appointing a new faculty member in this area on the level of assistant professor (UD).

The candidate will be embedded in the Theory of Computer Science (TCS) group at IvI and should have a research profile in quantum information science that aligns with research at QuSoft, the Dutch research centre for quantum software, and which allows to connect with the expertise of other research groups at the institute. For example, in:

  • machine learning and AI, to explore whether quantum information and computation can improve existing techniques in AI, or offer new possibilities going beyond the non-quantum state-of-the art;
  • complex systems, to use quantum computers to simulate the quantum processes that underly many complex systems in biology, material science or chemistry;
  • networks and security, to explore the role of quantum information with respect to networks, security, distributed/parallel computation, e.g. in post-quantum cryptography, quantum cryptography, quantum key distribution, quantum internet, distributed and delegated quantum computation, etc.

Supported by Action Line 3 of QDNL, the UvA is planning to set up a new two-year research MSc program in Quantum Computer Science. The candidate will be the scientific leader of this new programme. Setting up an entirely new MSc program from scratch is a rare and exciting chance for long-lasting educational impact. The candidate will play a crucial role representing the UvA efforts in the new Quantum.Amsterdam Talent & Learning Center.


Extra info

Your experience and profile:

  • a PhD degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or closely related field;
  • excellent research skills in quantum information science, as evidenced by a track record of publications in renowned conference proceedings and journals;
  • ability to promote outstanding and innovative research and foster research collaborations (with faculty, postdoctoral researchers and PhD candidates);
  • a track record and affinity for teaching and supervision (at the undergraduate and graduate levels),  with willingness to acquire a certificate of academic teaching quality (e.g. Dutch BKO) within two years;
  • the ability to communicate research findings to a broad audience;
  • willingness and ability to perform relevant administrative and organisational tasks, in particular related to educational tasks;
  • international research experience is preferred as is a highly collaborative and enthusiastic approach;
  • an excellent command of English and willingness to learn the Dutch language.

All applications received before 1 April, 2022 will receive full consideration.

EmailChristian Schaffner, Professor Theoretical Computer Science

We are looking for candidates who can strengthen one of the QuSoft research lines mentioned above, but welcome applications with a solid background in the broader area of quantum information theory. You will be part of the QuSoft faculty and take on an active role in shaping and developing the center – in the longer term building up towards a leading role within QuSoft. You are also expected to become actively involved with the innovation activities in the Quantum.Amsterdam hub. 

You will be teaching in the relevant Bachelor and Master programs within the UvA – first and foremost in specialized courses in the QuSoft subject area, but also in the wider context of the educational programs in Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics at the UvA’s Faculty of Science.

You will be employed by UvA – embedded in one of the four institutes involved depending on your field of expertise and your future research area of interest. You will spend most of your research time at the QuSoft center, which is presently hosted by CWI.

All applications received before 1 April, 2022 will receive full consideration.


EmailProf. dr. Harry Buhrman (director QuSoft), Prof. dr. Kareljan Schoutens (co-director QuSoft)


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What do we require?

  • You have a research interest and strong track record in the field of quantum information, preferably connecting to one of the five research lines.
  • You hold a PhD degree in Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science and have a demonstrable commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • You are keen to fostering collaborations not only within Amsterdam’s academic institutes, but also nationally and internationally, and with external partners and in some cases industrial partners.
  • Most importantly, you have the ability and capacity to develop independent and vigorous programs of funded research.
  • You are expected to acquire a university teaching qualification (UTQ) as demanded by Dutch universities.
  • International research experience is preferred as is a highly collaborative and enthusiastic approach.

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, which houses experts on all topics in quantum computing. Together, the local institutes form a rich research ecosystem with opportunities to work together with computer scientists, physicists and mathematicians from the various groups situated at the Amsterdam Science Park.

Extra info

 All applications received before March 28, 2022 will receive full consideration.

To apply and for more information please go to:

Ben je geïnteresseerd in het vertalen van complexe problemen naar use cases en applicaties voor quantumalgoritmen? Wil je direct samenwerken met de industrie? Ben je geïnteresseerd in outreach- en onderwijsactiviteiten om de samenleving en de industrie bewust te maken van de kansen die quantumalgoritmen bieden? Wil je deel uitmaken van het Quantum Applicatie Lab (QAL) en denk je dat je actief kunt bijdragen om de impact en het succes hiervan te maximaliseren?

Het Research Center for Quantum Software (QuSoft) is op zoek naar een Quantum Innovation Officer.


Wat ga je doen?

Je speelt een sleutelrol in het verwerven en implementeren van projecten in het Quantum Applicatie Lab. In nauwe samenwerking met de partners binnen QAL ga je in gesprek met bedrijven en maatschappelijke organisaties over use cases voor of applicaties van quantumalgoritmes. Je draagt bij aan de uitvoering van QAL-projecten en coördineert de betrokkenheid van specialisten vanuit de QAL-partners. In die rol draag je bij aan de implementatie van quantumalgoritmen en protocollen op hardware platforms voor quantum computing of op (super-)computers die zulke hardware simuleren.

Je draagt bij aan educatie- en outreach-activiteiten en aan het zichtbaar maken van binnen QuSoft ontwikkelde onderzoeksresultaten voor de buitenwereld. Daarbij speel je een verbindende rol tussen QuSoft, de innovatiehub Quantum.Amsterdam, het QAL, en het nationale Quantum Delta NL programma.

Extra info

Wat neem je mee?

  • Een mastertitel of doctoraat met een sterke component in quantuminformatie en -technologie.
  • Actuele kennis en vaardigheden op het gebied van quantuminformatie en -technologie.
  • Passie voor onderzoek op hoog niveau met grote impact op de samenleving in het achterhoofd.
  • Affiniteit met projectmanagement en -coördinatie.
  • Affiniteit met het werken met partijen in de publieke en private sector.
  • Vloeiend in Engels, zowel schriftelijk als mondeling. Nederlandse taal is aangename bijkomstigheid maar niet een vereiste.

Wat zou fijn zijn om te hebben?

  • Ervaring met educatie en outreach-activiteiten.
  • Programmeervaardigheden

Sluitingsdatum: 15 apr 2022


Heb je vragen over deze vacature? Of wil je meer weten over onze organisatie? Neem contact op met:

Quantum technologies are being developed at a fast page. On the one hand, progress on the development of quantum computers poses a serious threat for our security infrastructure, especially for public-key cryptography. On the other hand, quantum components bring novel opportunities since they will be integrated in our networks and could bring novel security functionalities. However, quantum components are mostly experimental, and their security is yet to be studied and assessed in depth. In particular, little is known about their susceptibility against side-channel and physical attacks and, as a direct consequence, we do not know if and which countermeasures can be applied.

This PhD position will study the problem of side channels and physical attacks against quantum devices, understanding the extent to which they could be considered a threat and exploring potential methodologies to counteract and mitigate them. In collaboration with experimental physicists, experiments on real quantum devices are expected to be carried out to assess their robustness.

Extra info

The PhD position will be within the Theory of Computer Science (TCS) group but will be carried out in close collaboration with the Complex Cyber Infrastructure (CCI) group and the multiscale network (MNS) groups of the Informatics Institute. The position is a part of the Quantum Delta NL groeifonds project CAT-2, development of a national quantum network and will also involve collaboration with the experimental and theoretical partners of the CAT-2 project.

All applications received before March 31, 2022 will receive full consideration.

For more information and to apply, please go to:



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