Postdoc on the subject of characterisation and benchmarking of quantum computers

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy in the QuSoft research group for a talented

Postdoc (3 years),

on the subject of characterisation and benchmarking of quantum computers.

Job description

Quantum computing devices are rapidly increasing in scale and complexity. However they are still very far away from the abstract ideal of a computer. For the foreseeable future, running any kind of useful task or algorithm on such a device means explicitly taking into account their physical limitations. The goal of this project is to do theoretical research in the characterisation of noise in quantum devices, with an eye towards experimental implementation. Potential research topics include shadow estimation, benchmarks for quantum computers, and the development of novel characterisation procedures more generally.

This position is established as part of the Quantum Delta NL ( program, the Dutch national initiative funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy for the development of quantum technology.


We are looking for an excellent scientist with expertise in quantum computing and quantum information processing in general, with a focus on the scalable characterisation of noisy quantum computers.
Needed qualifications for candidates include proven research talent and good academic writing and presentation skills. Candidates are expected to have an excellent command of English.

Terms and conditions

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres ("CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen"). The gross monthly salary for an employee on a full time basis, depending on relevant work experience, ranges from € 3,929 to € 4,789. The fulltime appointment will be for a period of one year, with the option to extend two more years  (for a total of three) by mutual agreement.
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.

Please visit our websites for more information about our terms of employment: and

Information and application

All applications should include:
- A cover letter
- A curriculum vitae with a list of publications
- A research statement
- The names of at least three prominent scientists who can provide letters of recommendation

The deadline for the application is 23 March 2023.

Evaluation of candidates will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.

For more information about the vacancy, please contact Dr. Jonas Helsen, email:

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

Diversity code

CWI encourages a diverse workforce: we endeavour 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.

About CWI

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science and is an institute of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (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 30 countries. The facilities are first-rate and include excellent IT support, career planning, training, and courses. CWI is located at Amsterdam Science Park which is home to one of the largest concentrations of beta science in Europe. A melting pot of innovation. Companies looking to collaborate can work together with brilliant students, scientists and fellow entrepreneurs. Collectively they develop revolutionary solutions for today’s issues and tomorrow’s challenges.

About Research group

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.

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