PhD position in development of Quantum Computing Algorithms for future fast-timing detectors (LHCb)

PhD position in development of Quantum Computing Algorithms for future fast-timing detectors (LHCb)

Published Deadline Location
12 May 7 Jun Amsterdam

Job description

PhD position in development of Quantum Computing Algorithms for future fast-timing detectors (LHCb)

The Nikhef organization
Nikhef is the national institute for subatomic physics in The Netherlands. At Nikhef, approximately 190 physicists and 80 technical staff members work together in an open and international scientific environment. Together, they perform theoretical and experimental research in the fields of particle nd astroparticle physics. The Nikhef institute is a collaboration between six major Dutch universities and the Dutch Foundation for Scientific Research (NWO). Nikhef participates in large research collaborations, including the ATLAS, LHCb and ALICE experiments at CERN, the KM3NeT neutrino telescope in the Mediterranean, the VIRGO interferometer in Pisa, the Xenon1T dark matter experiment in Gran Sasso, the Pierre Auger cosmic ray observatory in Argentina and the eEDM research programme in Groningen. Nikhef also hosts a group in theoretical physics, and groups for Physics Data Processing and detector R&D, excellent electronic- and mechanical engineering groups, all with good connections to the experimental programs.

The position offered here is part of an NWO-funded research program: “FASTER - Fast sensors and Algorithms for Space-time Tracking and Event Reconstruction”, which will comprise 7 PhD positions and 3 postdoc positions in the period 2023-2028, all focused on research of fast-timing tracking systems for the ALICE, ATLAS and LHCb and future experiments. Fast-timing tracking detectors, consisting of billions of pixels will precisely measure the time at which particles pass our detectors. Use of this information will enable the experiments to cope with the fierce environment of the high luminosity LHC where they will see unprecedented hit rates and levels of radiation. The consortium members bring together expertise on sensor technologies, detector hardware and advanced pattern-recognition algorithms.

In the FASTER program, we will research and develop novel fast-timing sensors, develop methods and algorithms to calibrate the time measurement at picosecond level. We will additionally research pattern recognition algorithms that make use of the time measurements to execute more efficiently and on heterogeneous computing architectures such as GPUs.

The position:
We are looking for a PhD candidate to explore track reconstruction using novel approaches in Quantum Computing and Quantum Machine Learning in Maastricht (NL). The candidate will join existing efforts and collaborate with IBM Research as well as SURF and QuSoft in Amsterdam. The candidates will collaborate closely with the other positions on hardware developments in context of the FASTER proposal to optimize algorithms given the constraints set by the sensors and ASICS. The PhD candidate is expected to become a member of the LHCb collaboration and will be embedded in the Department of Advanced Computing Sciences (DACS) and LHCb group at Maastricht University.




Who are we looking for?
We are looking for PhD candidates with an (almost) completed Master degree in high-energy physics, computing science, applied physics or in a closely related field. The ideal candidate has a strong interest in computing, has excellent software skills (C++, Python, ROOT) and preferably has (some) research experience in experimental particle physics.

Conditions of employment

The candidate will be employed by either the NWO-I-foundation. She/he will receive a 4-year contract with a competitive salary. The conditions of employment are excellent, and can be found on the website of the employer: NWO-I. Apart from this, non-Dutch applicants may be eligible for the so called ’30% tax ruling’, which results in a net income advantage. The educational program of the Dutch research school for subatomic physics offers annual graduate schools for PhD students, as well as frequent series of lectures on advanced topics in (astro)particle physics.

Information and Application
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by clicking the 'apply now' button below. Please be prepared to upload a curriculum vitae and a motivation letter, and provide the email address of two referees who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The deadline for applications is June 7st, 2023.

For further information on these openings, feel free to contact dr. Hella Snoek via

All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.


  • PhD
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • 1210180


Science Park 105, 1098 XG, Amsterdam

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Make sure to apply no later than 7 Jun 2023 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).