Post-doctoral Researcher for the research group Multiphoton Quantum Optics for Quantum Information at the International Centre for Theory of Quantum Technologies, ICTQT, University of Gdansk, Poland

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Application deadline: 
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Research group: 
Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics, University of Gdansk

• ORGANISATION/COMPANY: University of Gdansk
• RESEARCH FIELD: Physics › Mathematical physics; Physics › Quantum mechanics
- Recognised Researcher (R2)
- Established Researcher (R3)
• APPLICATION DEADLINE: 14/10/2018 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
• LOCATION: Poland › Gdansk
• JOB STATUS: Full-time
About project:

We are looking for Post-doctoral Researchers to work in the newly created International Centre for Theory of Quantum Technologies (ICTQT), funded by the Foundation for Polish Science, and hosted by the University of Gdansk. The founders of ICTQT are Marek Zukowski as the director, and Pawel Horodecki as a co- applicant. The Centre’s official foreign partner is IQOQI-Vienna of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Gdansk is the pioneering and leading center of quantum information research in Poland. Gdansk, and the whole Tri-City, is one of the most beautifully located urban areas in Poland, with sandy sea beaches, lakes, and woods within in it and in the nearby area. It is the birthplace of Polish jazz and rock festivals, and vibrant in many fields.
The Centre will consists of 6 groups: Multiphoton Quantum Optics for Quantum Information (leader M. Zukowski), New Quantum Resources I (leader P. Horodecki), New Quantum Resources II, Quantum Cybersecurity and Communication, Quantum Open Systems, Quantum Computation, Quantum Error Correction and Many-body Systems. For description of expected activities of the groups see link.

About the research group:

The broad aim of Multiphoton Quantum Optics for Quantum Information group is to develop theoretical quantum information science of immediate experimental testability as well as to study the fundamental issues like causality, new concepts in theoretical quantum optics, and efficiency of quantum (optical) protocols.
Specific goals include:
- Operational translation of the schemes prosed by the other groups of ICTQT into experimental optical setups and feasibility studies.
- Direct collaboration with experimental teams of our IQOQI partner as well as other laboratories.
- Investigations concerning device independent or self-testing quantum communication, quantum information processing schemes, aimed at commercialization.
- Search for new research avenues in quantum optics allowing demonstrations of quantum protocols or various kinds.
- New indicators of non-classicality in quantum optics.
- Application of theoretical/operational/experimental methods of quantum multiphoton interferometry to other processes of potential value for quantum communication and information processing.
- Quantum optical implementations of secure data transmission.
- Theory of optical test of quantum mechanics.

Keywords: quantum optics, multiphoton interferometry, reduction of communication complexity, foundations of quantum physics, quantum information, Bell’s theorem, quantum optical circuits.

Key responsibilities:

• Active scientific research.
• Presentation of project results to internal and external parties.
• Active procurement of new research grants from external sources.
• Participation in mentoring of PhD and Master students.
• Participation in organizational activity of ICTQT.
• Active involvement in seminars, group meetings etc.

Additional Information:

• employment in a rapidly developing unit, the International Centre for Theory of Quantum Technologies at the University of Gdansk, Poland;
• full-time employment from 1 December 2018 till 30 November 2021 (36 months). The start date of employment is negotiable; the employment period may be extended after an evaluation;
• gross monthly salary up to 12 500 PLN (depending on candidate’s qualifications);
• scientific and organizational support;
• basic equipment and core facilities;
• friendly, inspiring, interdisciplinary environment, including “entanglement” with National Centre for Quantum Information (KCIK) and Institute for Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics (IFTiA) at UG.

Selection process
General rules of the recruitment process
• Candidates may simultaneously apply for other postdoctoral positions offered by ICTQT. This must be declared in the application form. The final choice may be made in the course of negotiations between the leaders and the candidates.
• A postdoctoral position is offered to candidates who received PhD degree obtained in 2014 or later.
• The decision will be made by the ICTQT Selecting Commission (SC) within 2 months from the deadline for submission of applications.
• An interview is expected. The SC reserves the right to invite only pre-selected candidates for the interview.
• The SC’s decision is final and is not subject to appeal.
• The SC reserves the right to close the competition without selecting the candidate.

Required documents:
• filled-in recruitment form;
• curriculum vitae;
• a research resume with a list of publications, and a list of research projects (esp. those in which the candidate was the principal investigator); PDF file of three most important papers by the candidate (or just web links, in the case of open access publications); a list of invited talks at conferences and workshops, and a list of academic prizes and awards;
• motivation letter (including statement of current scientific interests)– up to 2 pages;
• documents confirming scientific degrees (copy of PhD diploma, or equivalent);
• name and contact details (e-mail addresses) to two senior researchers who may provide reference for the candidate (the candidate is expected to contact the referees and ask them to send reference letters directly to The letters must be sent before the deadline.). ICTQT may also contact the referees directly, to request the letters, or to send reminders.

Offer Requirements:

• PhD degree preferably in physics (PhD degree obtained in 2014 or later).
• Interest in mathematical and conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics, quantum optics and quantum information theory.
• Written and oral communication skills.
• Candidates with a record of successful grant applications are preferred.
• Skills in leading, coordinating, and/or supervising the work of others.
• Ability to work effectively with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Work location(s)
2 position(s) available at
International Centre for Theory of Quantum Technologies, University of Gdansk
Gdansk 80-308
Wita Stwosza 63