Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantum Algorithms for Optimization | Quantum Software Consortium

Quantum Software Consortium


Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantum Algorithms for Optimization


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.


What are you going to do

The project is a scientific exploration of the possibilities of speeding up the solving of optimization problems, especially those related to primitives in machine learning. This will be done in collaboration with domain experts from TOYOTA, who will contribute real-world use cases and data. Your research will encompass several aspects of this question, and will encompass:


  • study the computational problems arising within real-world machine learning work-flows, matching them with possible quantum optimization algorithms;
  • adapt these quantum algorithms for the specific use-cases, and develop new quan-tum algorithms for these tasks;
  • implement proof-of-concept versions of quantum optimization algorithms on real-world data and analyze their accuracy and performance;
  • write, publish, and present scientific papers disseminating your results.


The project will be supervised by:

  • dr. Sachin Kinge for TOYOTA
  • dr. Florian Speelman and prof. dr. Harry Buhrman for QuSoft, UvA


What do we require

For this position you should have:

  • a completed PhD in quantum algorithms, or a closely related topic;
  • strong motivation to work in a cross-disciplinary environment at the interface of academic and corporate research;
  • fluency in oral and written English and good presentation skills.


Our offer


We offer a temporary employment contract for 38 hours per week for a period of 24 months. The preferred starting date is as soon as possible.


The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and dependent on relevant experience, ranges between € 2,846 to € 4,490 (scale 10). This is supplemented by 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year allowance. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.


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About us

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.


The mission of the Informatics Institute (IvI) is to perform curiosity-driven and use-inspired fundamental research in Computer Science. The main research themes are Artificial Intelligence, Computational Science and Systems and Network Engineering. Our research involves complex information systems at large, with a focus on collaborative, data driven, computational and intelligent systems, all with a strong interactive component.


In the area of quantum computing and quantum simulation, four research institutes of the Faculty of Science, including the Institute of Informatics, work together in QuSoft, a research center for quantum software. Its mission is to explore and develop uses of quantum computers and other quantum technologies, for the benefit of society. The researchers at QuSoft develop algorithms, software and applications that exploit the extraordinary power of quantum computers based on their quantum mechanical properties, such as superposition, interference and entanglement. That requires fundamentally different techniques and approaches from those used to develop conventional software.


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Job application

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by May 8, 2022. You can apply online via the button below. All files besides the cv should be uploaded in one single pdf.


Applications should include the following:

  • a cover letter where you present yourself briefly;
  • a personal statement where your general research interests, past research and research plans are described;
  • CV, including a list of publications;
  • name and contact details of three references.

Potential candidates will be invited for a (remote) interview, occurring in the weeks after the application deadline.


Only complete applications received within the response period via the link below will be considered.




The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.


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Closing Date: Sun 22 May 2022