PhD and postdoc-level positions in quantum and classical algorithms for optimization

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Making progress on practical applications of quantum computing will require close cooperation of talent from Quantum Information Theory, Computer Science, Theoretical Physics, Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence.

Do you have an excellent background in any one of these fields?

Are you interested in learning even more about the others, while working on interdisciplinary projects?

Are you motivated by working closely and interactively with colleagues and senior experts from different areas?

Do you want to work on cutting-edge problems that can have a significant impact?

Then you should consider getting in touch with us!

We are an interdisciplinary group of academic and industrial experts from the mentioned fields, located in Germany (Braunschweig, Hannover, Cologne, Bochum) and Austria (Linz). We have successfully formed a consortium that aims at putting “Computing” into “Quantum Computing”, in the course of two related projects. In the project QuBRA, we will evaluate quantum algorithms against best-in-class classical optimization methods and identify the quantum advantage regime. In ProvideQ, we will develop new methods for embedding novel quantum algorithms into frameworks of classical optimization.

Our goal is to recruit a closely-knit multidisciplinary team of up to 20 researchers across physics, mathematics, and computer science for three years from 2022. We value creativity, mathematical rigor, and openness to interdisciplinary collaborations.

Positions to be filled include:

Machine learning (CS) at the Leibniz Universität Hannover, advised by Avishek Anand
Algorithm Engineering (CS) at TU Braunschweig, advised by Sándor Fekete
Quantum Algorithms (Physics) at University of Cologne, advised by David Gross
Quantum Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence (Computer Science) at JKU Linz, advised by Richard Kueng
Quantum Algorithms (Physics) at the Leibniz Universität Hannover, advised by Tobias J. Osborne
Quantum Software Engineering (CS), advised by Ina Schaefer
Quantum Algorithms and Optimization Under Uncertainty (Mathematics) at TU Braunschweig, advised by Sebastian Stiller
Quantum Algorithms and Quantum Software Engineering (Mathematics/CS) at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, advised by Michael Walter

Candidates should send a CV including certificates and a list of publications to, putting “quantum-positions” in the subject line. In your application, indicate your preferences of which advisor to work with. Please also include electronic contact details of two referees. Deadline is October 15th. Later applications will be considered in case the positions will not have been filled.

The salary is based on the German TV-L E13 pay scale. Applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged.