QuTech is a mission-driven research institute run jointly by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). Together, we work on a radically new technology with world-changing potential, developing scalable prototypes of a quantum computer and an intrinsically safe quantum internet.
We are creating the quantum future, and we believe that quantum technology will be a game changer in many social and economic sectors – including health, agriculture, climate and safety. To achieve our ambitious goals, we bring together scientists, engineers and industry in an inspiring environment, with plenty of space for ambition, entrepreneurship and innovation. Our research and engineering activities are conducted in three divisions: Quantum Computing, Quantum Internet and Qubit Research. 220 FTE and over 300 curious people work in our divisions and support teams and we actively welcome new colleagues who share our vision and enthusiasm.
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Quantum Internet Division
The vision of a Quantum Internet is to provide fundamentally new internet technology by enabling quantum communication between any two points on earth. Such a Quantum Internet will – in synergy with the ‘classical’ internet that we have today – connect quantum processor in order to achieve unparalleled capabilities that are provably impossible using classical communication.
At QuTech, we are working on making such a network a reality. As part of this effort we are working on an architecture to control and program networks of distant quantum processors. This is made challenging both by fundamental differences between classical and quantum information, as well as technological limitations of near term quantum devices. Right now, we have only a basic first system that allows us to execute quantum programs on a network of quantum processors.
In this PhD project, you will design, implement and evaluate quantum network operating system architecture concepts on the state of the art hardware of a small network of quantum processors. The position is in the group of Prof. Stephanie Wehner, and you collaborate with a team of software and quantum hardware researchers and engineers at QuTech’s Quantum Internet Division.
- You have a master’s degree in computer science, computer engineering or comparable discipline at the time of taking on the position. While a prior course in quantum information is a plus, no prior knowledge in quantum information is required.
- You enjoy experimenting with different approaches and are excited by operating system design and computer architecture, the interface between hardware and software, as well as hands-on software implementations on real quantum hardware. Prior expertise in embedded systems is a plus.
- You enjoy working in a team and bring excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
Conditions of employment
This offer contains a temporary appointment for 4 years. The full-time salary is based on VSNU-CAO Scale P (starting salary 2,395.00 euro per month). Full-time means 38 working hours per week.TU Delft/QuTech offers a customizable compensation package, an attractive pension scheme, holiday allowance, a generous amount of holidays, a 13th month pay, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers our employees child care and an international primary school. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (VSNU-CAO). Dutch citizenship or a European working permit is required to apply.
Your contract will be with TU Delft. Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers both in business and in a social context. TU Delft offers 16 Bachelor’s and 32 Master’s programs to more than 23,000 students. Our scientific staff consists of 3,500 staff members and 2,800 PhD candidates. Together we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. Challenge. Change. Impact!
Applications submitted until 12 July (inclusive) will receive full considerations. In your application, please include (all as PDF):
- Motivation letter
- Your CV, including publications if any, as well as links to any projects you may have completed (websites, github,..)
- Full transcript (list of courses and grades)
- Your master thesis or any other project report that you have written yourself
- A list of people including contact details that can provide a reference for you
For information about this vacancy you can contact Dr. Stephanie Wehner, email: S.D.C.Wehner@tudelft.nl.
For information about the selection procedure, please contact Helena Nwosu-Pronk, email: H.J.D.Nwosu-Pronk@tudelft.nl.
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