PhD position in Mathematics of Quantum Information

Research / Academic

The Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics (KdVI) invites you to apply for a PhD position in quantum information in the group of Michael Walter. Quantum information is a vibrant research field at the interface of mathematics, computer science, and physics. We are part of the QuSoft Research Center, which brings together researchers from many different disciplines working in all areas of quantum information science.

You will have the opportunity to take an active role in shaping the direction of your PhD research. Possible topics could be (but are not limited to): optimization algorithms for geometric, algebraic, and combinatorial problems with a high degree of symmetry; mathematical foundations, static analysis, and tool support for quantum computing and quantum networks. Depending on your background and preferences, your project can be purely theoretical or also have a significant software development component. Please see our homepage for an overview over current research directions in the group.

In addition to an exciting research project and a friendly and stimulating work environment, a generous travel budget will allow you to attend relevant international conferences and present your work to the scientific community.

As part of your appointment, you will also be involved in teaching in our Bachelor and/or Master programmes in Mathematics and/or Physics (about 20% of your appointment).


  • A Master’s degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, or Physics (or equivalent);
  • an excellent track record during your Master studies;
  • fluency in English, both written and spoken.

Salary Benefits:

The anticipated starting date of the appointment is in fall 2019, preferably 1 September 2019.
The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years. The appointment should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis).
Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,325 (first year) up to a maximum of €2,972 (last year). The annual salary will be increased by 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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