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See below for a list of vacancies to work with the various research groups involved in aQa. All positions are formally affiliated with the indicated department at Leiden University

Postdoc position in quantum algorithms for quantum chemistry

The Applied Quantum Algorithms group of Leiden University (project led by Stefano Polla) in collaboration with VU Amsterdam (Lucas Visscher group) and with the support of Shell, is offering a postdoctoral position for researching the novel application of quantum computing in chemistry.

Research project: The project will research disruptive applications of quantum computers for ab-initio simulations of chemistry. Both near- and long-term quantum computing approaches will be considered. We will especially focus on real-time simulations beyond the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, which are natural for quantum computers yet very complex for classical ones. Recently developed methods allow the implementation of efficient digital quantum simulations in first quantization, but real applications are largely unexplored. More work is needed to define problems and observables of interest, and make a connection to traditional computational chemistry under this shifted paradigm of simulation.

The candidate: We are looking for individuals with an excellent track record and motivation in paving the way for the future of quantum computational chemistry. We especially invite applications from students in the late stages of their Ph.D., as well as young researchers with

  • A strong background in theoretical quantum chemistry and an interest in quantum computing

  • A strong background in theoretical quantum computing and an interest in computational chemistry

Candidates with other backgrounds (such as many-body physics, computer science, quantum chemistry, AI, and mathematics) who are excited by the research project are also invited to apply and describe their motivation.

The group: Applied Quantum Algorithms (aQa) Leiden (including PIs Vedran Dunjko, Jordi Tura, Evert van Nieuwenburg, Hao Wang, Alfons Laarman) is a fast-growing interdisciplinary group focusing on the research and development of quantum algorithms and their applications for problems in natural sciences (physics, chemistry) and practical computing (machine learning, AI, optimization). aQa is an inter-departmental collaboration of the University of Leiden, and it is well integrated into the Dutch quantum ecosystem as a QuantumDeltaNL hub, with active collaborations with Delft (QuTech), Amsterdam (QuSoft), and strong ties to leading industries.

This research project will be in collaboration with the Theoretical Chemistry groups in VU Amsterdam (Lucas Visscher group) and Leiden Institute of Chemistry (Francesco Buda).

Duration: 2+1 year (a two-year contract to be extended to three years upon mutual agreement).  Furthermore, successful candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for the 30% ruling on the tax deduction for the whole duration of the position.

Application logistics: Please send a cover letter, a complete CV with a link to your Google Scholar profile (or similar), and the contact details of three people who can be contacted for reference to We welcome applications before December 1, 2022, but will consider late applications until the position is filled.


Excellent English communication skills are required, as well as a strong academic record through peer-reviewed publications in top international journals or peer-reviewed conferences, and through other contributions in conferences and workshops.