We are seeking a PhD candidate who is interested in interdisciplinary research, developing quantum computing and quantum simulation approaches to many-body problems in quantum chemistry and materials.

What are you going to do?

  • Your research will combine algorithmic development with applications to concrete problems in quantum chemistry and materials, including implementations on NISQ devices or emulators thereof;
  • you will be part of the QuSoft research environment and interact with its senior and junior members;
  • you will contribute to educational programs at the University of Amsterdam.

What do we require?

  • An MSc degree in (theoretical) physics, chemistry or computer science;
  • affinity in and expertise with, on the one hand, quantum many body problems in chemistry and physics and, on the other, quantum computing and simulation;
  • the ability and willingness to do research in an interdisciplinary setting.

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,395 to €3,061 (scale P) gross per month, based on a full-time contract of 38 hours a week. This is exclusive 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.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Then find out more about working at the Faculty of Science.

About the Faculty of Science and the IoP

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

In the area of quantum computing and quantum simulation, four research institutes of the Faculty of Science, including the Institute of Physics (IoP), work together in QuSoft, a research center for quantum software. The mission of QuSoft is to develop new protocols, algorithms and applications that can be run on small and medium-sized prototypes of a quantum computer.


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The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritise diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 4 December 2020. You may apply online by using the link below.

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a motivation letter and CV;
  • name and email address of two referees, who will be asked to upload their recommendation letters.


No agencies please

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