Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) has a vacancy in the QuSoft research group for a talented PhD student
on the subject of characterization procedures for near-term quantum computers Job description
Quantum computing devices are rapidly increasing in scale and complexity. However they are still very far away from the abstract ideal of a computer, and an important part of making them better is designing procedures that characterize errors and noise in an efficient and robust. Do you enjoy working at the intersection between physics and computer science? Are you comfortable with mathematical work and interested in applying those skills in a practical setting? Then CWI invites you to apply for a PhD position where you will research characterization procedures for quantum devices, in the context of the Dutch Quantum Delta Initiative. What are going to do?
As part of your PhD project, you will develop and mathematically analyze new procedures to characterize quantum computing devices and collaborate with experimental teams to apply them in real systems. Possible research directions include:
- Develop new characterization procedures based on the shadow estimation and randomized benchmarking techniques and help experimental teams with implementing them in practice.
- Develop analytical measures of non-Markovianity in noise processes and develop protocols to estimate them in practice
- Investigate the surprising noise tolerance of certain classes of quantum variational ansatzes (such as the DMERA tensor network ansatz)
You will work under the supervision of Dr. Jonas Helsen and be a part of QuSoft, the Dutch research institute for quantum software, which houses experts on all topics in quantum computing. Together, the local institutes form a rich research ecosystem with opportunities to work together with computer scientists, physicists and mathematicians from the various groups situated at the Amsterdam Science Park.
You will also closely collaborate with experimental teams at the QuTech institute at the TU Delft, giving you the opportunity to participate in the development of quantum computers up close. You will:
- Research near-term quantum computation, by developing new characterization procedures and by mathematically analyzing their properties;
- Assist experimental teams in the application of these characterization procedures;
- Publish and present your work in international conferences and journals;
- Be an active part of the local research groups at CWI and QuSoft;