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Work with us

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

PhD positions in quantum algorithms for near-term devices

​The aQa group at Leiden University welcomes applications for PhD positions, which will be supported by the Quantum Delta initiative.

  • Topic: We are looking for individuals with an excellent academic record interested in the development of new quantum algorithmic methods for near-term quantum computers, with applications in machine learning, optimization, chemistry, formal verification, and highly correlated physical systems . Students and young researchers  with a strong background in theoretical quantum computing, but also computer science, quantum chemistry, AI and mathematics, who are excited to learn about quantum computing, are invited to apply.

  • Who we are: The Applied Quantum Algorithms (aQa) group comprises a Leiden University collaboration between the Leiden Institute of Physics (LION) , Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) and the Mathematics Institute (MI). We focus on the development of quantum algorithms and their applications for problems in natural sciences (physics, chemistry), practical computing (machine learning, AI, optimization), with a particular focus on the scope of near-term quantum devices. Our vision is to bring real-world quantum computing to a practical level, integrating theory, experiments and applications. aQa is well embedded with the Dutch quantum computing ecosphere, with theory collaborations with QuSoft in Amsterdam, and theory and experimental collaborations with QuTech in Delft, which opens the possibilities of benchmarking our ideas with actual quantum computing hardware. We have strong ties with industry and collaborate with a number Dutch and international companies.

  • Application logistics: Please send a motivation letter, a complete CV including academic transcripts and the contact details of three referees to

    Excellent English communication skills are required. Programming and numerical skills are highly desirable.

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