Call for Postdoctoral Fellows

in the Foundations of Quantum Computing & Cryptography

Our team is an interdisciplinary and international consortium that seeks to make foundational advances in the understanding and development of quantum computing. Our view is that the future success of quantum computing critically depends on advances at the most fundamental level, and that large-scale investments in quantum implementations will only pay off if they can draw on additional foundational insights and ideas. While several powerful quantum algorithms are known, the basic techniques they employ are few and far between. Largely, it still remains to be discovered how to systematically harness the quantum for computation.

As part of the consortium, we seek to fill two (2) postdoctoral positions.

Fellows will benefit from integration into a team of Canada-wide and international scientists: UBC (Raussendorf), Ottawa (Broadbent), Waterloo (Yard), SFU (de Silva), INL Portugal (Galvão, Barbosa), UCL (Abramsky), Stockholm (Bengtsson), Granada (Bermejo-Vega), Sevilla (Cabello), Bilkent (Okay), Gdansk (Sainz).

The positions offer a highly competitive salary and travel budget. Teaching is not required. We strive to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion in all our activities.

Locations of tenure:

Requirements: PhD in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science (or a related area) and interest in developing further insights for applications to quantum information.

Target start date: January 1, 2023 or earlier

Duration: 3 years, renewable yearly

Applications are considered on a continuous basis until the position is filled

Postdoctoral fellowship at Simon Fraser University

Supervised by Prof. Nadish de Silva:

The selected candidate will work on foundational questions of quantum computation such as: precisely how, and for which class of problems, is quantum advantage achieved?  These questions will be studied using a mathematical methodology.  The position is thus open to a researcher in quantum computation with strong mathematical abilities or to a mathematical researcher interested in quantum computation.

Within quantum computation, the topics covered will include: fault-tolerant quantum computation, classical simulation algorithms of quantum circuits, and nonlocality/contextuality.  Mathematical techniques will potentially be drawn from abstract algebra, functional analysis, representation theory, number theory, and logic.  (Experience in all these topics is not a prerequisite for applying.)

Postdoctoral fellowship at uOttawa 

Supervised by Prof. Anne Broadbent:

The selected candidate will work on the development of quantum cryptography protocols, techniques, definitions and proofs, with a focus on protocols beyond Quantum Key Distribution (QKD).  The ideal applicant is a researcher in quantum information with strong mathematical abilities, or a researcher seeking to develop skills in this area.

Quantum cryptography refers to the possibilities and limitations for communications and computations in the presence of an adversary. The most successful area of quantum cryptography is Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), where it has been established that perfectly secure communication is possible by using quantum communication. Here, we study quantum cryptography tasks beyond QKD, with a focus on secure quantum computations (SQC). In this case, we want to provide security in the scenario where a quantum computation (or part thereof) is performed in a quantum cloud. The emphasis is on new techniques that will make the protocols more amenable to near-term implementations, therefore increasing the technology readiness level of the methodologies. Of particular interest in this collaboration is to incorporate techniques from Classical Simulation of Quantum Systems (CSQS) (for instance, the extended stabilizer formalism, and the more recent techniques for “Clifford dominated quantum circuits”).

Application should include the following:

Applications are accepted via the following MathJobs links:

Please address questions to:  

Prof. Nadish de Silva (nadish_de_silva@sfu.ca) and/or

Prof. Anne Broadbent (abroadbe@uottawa.ca).