PhD student on the subject of quantum algorithms and complexity

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy in its Algorithms and Complexity research group for a talented PhD student on the subject of quantum algorithms and complexity.

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy in its Algorithms and Complexity research group for a talented

PhD student,

on the subject of quantum algorithms and complexity.

Job description
This position involves research into theoretical computer science aspects of quantum computing and quantum information theory, supervised by Prof. Ronald de Wolf, in CWI’s Algorithms and Complexity group. Specifically, the project will focus on one or more of the following topics: the development of new quantum algorithms (for example for optimization problems) and the analysis of their complexity, the analysis of theoretical aspects of quantum machine learning and quantum communication complexity, and applications of quantum techniques to problems in classical computer science and mathematics. This is primarily a theoretical computer science position and requires solid knowledge of basic mathematics (linear algebra, probability, etc.); it is not a physics position, and does not involve programming

Candidates are required to have a Master’s degree in the area of theoretical computer science, mathematics, or physics, with a focus on quantum computing and quantum information theory. Other required qualifications for candidates include proven research talent (in the form of a publication and/or an innovative and independent Master’s thesis), an excellent command of English, and good academic writing and presentation skills.

A big plus would be if you have any prior research experience that has resulted in publications in conferences like STOC, FOCS, Complexity, ICALP, STACS, QIP and/or journals like Journal of the ACM, SIAM Journal on Computing, Theory of Computing, Physical Review Letters, Quantum information & computation. But this is not a requirement.

Terms and conditions PhD Student
The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres ("CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen"). The initial labour agreement will be for a period of 18 months. After a positive evaluation, the agreement will be extended by 30 months. The gross monthly salary, for a PhD student on a full-time basis, is €2,346 during the first year and increases to €3,007 over the four-year period. 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.

Please visit our website for more information about our terms of employment:

Applications can be sent until 30 November 2019 to All applications should include a detailed resume (incl. list of publications if available and 2 or 3 references), motivation letter with your research interests, list of your MSc courses and grades, and a copy of your Master’s thesis. For residents outside the EER-area or North America, a Toefl English language test might be required.

For more information about the vacancy, please contact prof. Ronald de Wolf (
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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 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 the Dutch Research Council (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 nearly 30 countries. Its facilities are first-rate and include excellent IT support, career planning, training, and courses.

CWI is located at Science Park Amsterdam, which is a major location of research in the exact sciences in the Netherlands, housing the sciences of the University of Amsterdam, several other national research institutes besides CWI, and the AMS-IX internet exchange.

Research group
Our research group is part of QuSoft. For more information about the group see our webpage.