Tenure-track position in the area of quantum algorithms and applications of quantum computers. | Quantum Software Consortium

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Tenure-track position in the area of quantum algorithms and applications of quantum computers.

QuSoft is the Dutch research Center for Quantum Software that was launched in 2015. Its mission is to develop new communication protocols, algorithms, and applications for small and medium-sized prototypes as well as larger quantum computers. The researchers at QuSoft develop software and applications that exploit the extraordinary power of quantum computers based on their quantum mechanical properties such as superposition, interference and entanglement.

This position is established as part of the Quantum Software Consortium (QSC) program, a 10-year grant funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science through the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. QSC is hosted by three research clusters: Leiden University, QuSoft (collaboration of the University of Amsterdam, the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science CWI, and Free University Amsterdam) and the Delft institute QuTech (a collaboration between Delft University of Technology and the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research TNO).

You are expected to contribute to the aims of the QSC program ( for the duration of the grant, and in particular to find synergy with related research in the quantum algorithms research directions at QuSoft.

You will get a start-up package consisting of a PhD and a postdoc position, to enable a quick start of your research program. The appointment will be on a tenure-track basis with the prospect of a tenured position following a successful evaluation after maximally 5 years.


We are looking for an excellent scientist with recognized expertise in quantum computing and quantum information processing in general, with a focus on quantum algorithms with medium-term applications, for instance in areas like optimization or quantum chemistry.

You find inspiration in collaborations within different fields of interest like computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry etc. You should have a successful scientific track record in quantum information. Most importantly, you will display the ability and capacity to develop an independent research program of funded research.

The position is located at the CWI and as such there are no teaching requirements. However, you are expected to collaborate on the development of course material in quantum software, and occasionally teach a course on this material at the University of Amsterdam.

CWI encourages a diverse workforce: we endeavor to develop talent and creativity by bringing people from different backgrounds and cultures together. We recruit and select based on capabilities and talent. We strongly encourage everyone with the appropriate qualifications to apply for the vacancy, regardless of age, gender, origin, sexual orientation or physical abilities.

We especially invite qualified women to apply.


Terms and conditions
The position is initially for three or five years depending on knowledge and experience. Consideration for a tenured position at the start may be given to exceptionally well-qualified individuals.

At the end of a successful tenure track term a permanent scientific staff position will be offered. Criteria for evaluation comprise a track record of publications that is well above average, and the ability to acquire funding and to build up an (inter)national network and reputation and to supervise PhD’s.

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labor Agreement for Research Centres ("CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen"). Depending on relevant work experience, the gross monthly starting salary for an employee on a full-time basis ranges from € 3,778 to € 5,907.

Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.33%. CWI offers attractive working conditions, including flexible scheduling and help with housing for expat employees. CWI encourages its tenure-track researchers to speak Dutch at the end of the tenure track.


Information and application
Applicants should send:

  • a motivation letter;
  • a curriculum vitae with a list of publications;
  • copies of their three most prominent publications;
  • the names of at least three prominent scientists who can provide letters of recommendation;
  • a research statement and a research plan for the coming years, including plans on how to acquire additional funding.

Please email the application before 25 November 2020 to

Additional information can be obtained from Prof. Harry Buhrman, email:

For more information about CWI, please visit or watch our video about working at CWI.


About Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science and is part of the Institutes Organisation of NWO. The mission of CWI is to conduct pioneering research in mathematics and computer science, generating new knowledge in these fields and conveying it to trade, industry, and society at large.

CWI is an internationally oriented institute, with 160 scientists from approximately 27 countries. The facilities are first-rate and include excellent IT support, career planning, training, and courses.

CWI is located at Science Park Amsterdam that is presently developing into a major location of research in the natural sciences in The Netherlands, housing the sciences of the University of Amsterdam and of the Vrije Universiteit as well as several other national research institutes next to CWI.


Research group
To find more information about QuSoft and the Algorithms and Complexity group, please visit their webpages and watch their video.

Closing Date: Wed 25 Nov 2020