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PhD Position – From Controlling Quantum Processors to Variational Quantum Algorithms

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH

Conducting research for a changing society: This is what drives us at Forschungs­zentrum Jülich. As a member of the Helmholtz Association, we aim to tackle the grand societal challenges of our time and conduct research into the possibilities of a digitized society, a climate-friendly energy system, and a resource-efficient economy. Work together with around 7,100 employees in one of Europe’s biggest research centres and help us to shape change!
The Peter Grünberg Institute for Quantum Control (PGI-8) at the Forschungszentrum Jülich specializes in novel optimization strategies for emerging quantum technologies. These emerging technologies aim to provide transformative changes to our society, including how we think about information, and unlocking vast calculations for the natural sciences, logistical problem solving, and high-performance computation. Our group has pioneered the application of quantum optimal control methods to quantum computation and many-body quantum systems. This includes the development of physical models and model reduction techniques as well as algorithmic advances of in-situ optimization and machine learning to tackle the complex processes inherent to scalable quantum devices.
We are offering a
PhD Position – From Controlling Quantum Processors to Variational Quantum Algorithms
Your Job:
– Developing techniques to simulate and control the dynamics of increasingly more complex quantum systems
– Designing and optimizing implementations on atomic or superconducting processors from basic control components, to small circuits, to variational quantum algorithms
– Cooperating with experimental partners who build quantum processors
– Modeling major sources of experimental error for better control and error mitigation techniques
Your Profile:
– Master’s degree in physics (or in a related subject)
– Background and strong interest in developing theoretical models and methods as well as in implementing numerical optimization techniques
– Interest in working closely with experimentalists
– Detailed knowledge of quantum physics and experience with quantum technology
– Strong mathematical education, in particular in relation to linear algebra
– Strong programming experience
– Ability to effectively communicate in written and spoken English
– Ability to work autonomously and in close interaction within a team
– Most importantly: enthusiasm to explore uncharted territory, develop, and follow your own ideas
Our Offer:
We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the chance to actively help in shaping the change! We offer ideal conditions for you to complete your doctoral degree:
– Opportunity to conduct research at the interface of theory and experiment in a world-leading group in quantum control
– Work in a highly motivated research group as part of an international and interdisciplinary working environment with access to outstanding computing facilities and connections to the best research institutions around the world
– Continuous scientific mentoring by your scientific advisor as well as feedback and wide-ranging expertise from the whole group in multiple facets of quantum technology and optimization
– Opportunity of participating in (international) conferences and project meetings
– Participation in overarching seminars including certificate
– The skills that you will acquire during your Ph.D. are in high demand both in academia and in high-tech companies: at present, there is significant government and private investment in the field of quantum technologies
– Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. through an extensive range of training courses; a structured program of continuing education and networking opportunities specifically for doctoral researchers via JuDocS, the Jülich Center for Doctoral Researchers and Supervisors:
– A large research campus with green spaces, offering the best possible means for networking with colleagues and pursuing sports alongside work
– Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service
The position is for a fixed term of three years with possible long-term prospects. Pay will be in line with 75% of pay group 13 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) and additionally 60% of a monthly salary as special payment (“Christmas bonus”). Further information on doctoral degrees at Forschungszentrum Jülich including our other locations is available at

How to apply

We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation / identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities, in which everyone can realize their potential, is important to us. We look forward to receiving your application. The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible via our Online Recruitment System!

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Published on January 23, 2023

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