Two Postdoctoral Fellowships in Quantum Information and Foundations at QICI, The University of Hong Kong

Applications are invited for two postdoctoral fellowships in quantum information and foundations at QICI Quantum Information and Computation Initiative, Department of Computer Science, The University of Hong Kong.

Successful applicants will work in the group of Prof. Giulio Chiribella within the framework of a large project on quantum causality sponsored by the Hong Kong Research Grant Council. The project will carry out interdisciplinary research at the interface of quantum information theory, quantum computing, quantum foundations, quantum optics, and quantum gravity. The focus of the research is on quantum causal structures and on the applications of causal discovery to quantum information and computation.

Each position is intended for a period of 3 years, subject to a yearly performance review.

The preferred start date is May 1st 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applicants are expected to have a PhD degree in Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics by the start of the position.
Applicants should have strong motivation, excellent scientific writing and communication skills, and a strong publication record in quantum information theory and/or quantum foundations.
For one of the two positions we welcome candidates with a background in quantum optics (theory and/or experiment).

Applications should be sent to Prof. Giulio Chiribella (giulio @cs. hku .hk). and should include:
1) a motivation letter
2) CV, including publication list
3) a research statement
4) two recommendation letters, sent directly by the referees.

Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received, and the positions will be filled as soon as suitable candidates have been identified.
For this reason, candidates are recommended to apply early, before February 28 2021.
If the positions are not filled by that time, applications will be further considered until April 30 2021.

Applications are particularly welcome from under-represented groups in Physics and Computer Science.

More information about the workplace can found in the following.

HKU is a leading research university and a highly international work environment. As of 2020, it was ranked third in Asia and 22nd internationally by QS, and fourth in Asia and 35th internationally by THE.

The Computer Science Department of HKU is home to QICI, Quantum Information and Computation Initiative, established in November 2018. The mission of QICI is to promote and accelerate the growth of quantum information in Hong Kong, and to promote Hong Kong as an international research hub for quantum information and foundations. Its current research platform consists of teams working in quantum information theory, quantum cryptography, quantum metrology, and quantum foundations. Faculty members include: Prof. Giulio Chiribella (quantum information theory and foundations), Assistant Prof. Ravi Ramanathan (quantum cryptography), Assistant Prof. Yuxiang Yang (quantum metrology and quantum information theory, incoming), and Research Assistant Prof. Marios Christodolou (quantum gravity). An important component of QICI is a strong collaboration with the Quantum Group at the Computer Science Department of the University of Oxford. The collaboration includes the joint supervision of PhD students, establishment of joint postdoctoral positions, exchanges of visits for research and education in the quantum information area, and joint organization of scientific events.