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Advertising division: JSC - Jülich Supercomputing Centre
Reference number: 2021-268


Supercomputers help us to find solutions to major scientific challenges and are indispensable for modern research. The Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) operates one of the most powerful computer systems for scientific and technical applications in Europe and makes it available for research purposes to scientists at Forschungszentrum Jülich, in Germany, and throughout Europe. The Jülich UNified Infrastructure for Quantum computing (JUNIQ) integrates quantum computers (QC) and quantum annealers in the form of quantum-classical hybrid computing systems into the modular high performance computing environment of the JSC. In co-operation with the research group for Quantum Information Processing of the JSC, JUNIQ is involved in several cutting-edge research activities developing QCs and quantum algorithms as well as provides access to latest QC technology for researchers and industrial partners. We are looking for a PhD student who wants to contribute to one of the most exciting and currently fastest developing research areas.

We are offering 1 PhD position over 3 years starting from 1st of July, 2022

PhD Position for Quantum Computing - Algorithms, Benchmarking and Simulations

Your Job:

  • Developing and implementing QC algorithms (QAA, QAOA, QSVM), quantum AI algorithms, use case adapted algorithms to test and benchmark latest technology focusing on gate-based QC
  • Developing and conducting trainings for QC users
  • Collaborating with project partners from academia and industry
  • Presenting research outcomes to project stack-holders and the research community at meetings, conferences and by publishing in high-impact journals

Your Profile:

  • Master’s degree in quantum physics, computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics or related
  • Interest and/or experience in quantum computer programming
  • Acquaintance with numerical methods and algorithms, preferably in the domain of QC, such as QAA and QAOA
  • Interest and/or experience in developing and conduction lectures and/or trainings for QC
  • Experience in writing numerical software, preferably in C++ and Python
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English, command of German is helpful

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!

  • Possibility for PhD degree: comprehensive supervision and a focused work plan in cooperation with RWTH Aachen University
  • Flexible working hours, part-time employment with 29,25 working hours per week, and 30 days of annual leave

Furthermore, we support you in your work with:

  • A large research campus with green spaces, offering the best possible means for networking with colleagues and pursuing sports alongside work
  • Comprehensive training courses and individual opportunities for personal and professional further development
  • Excellent scientific equipment including the fastest supercomputer in Europe
  • Ideal conditions for balancing work and private life, as well as a family-friendly corporate policy

We offer you an exciting and varied role in an international and interdisciplinary working environment. Limited for at least two years, with possible longer-term prospects. Salary and social benefits in conformity with the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Civil Service (TVöD). Depending on the applicant`s qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks, salary grade 13TVöD-Bund. For PhD students the remuneration is calculated proportionally to the working hours (75%).

Forschungszentrum Jülich promotes equal opportunities and diversity in its employment relations.
We also welcome applications from disabled persons.

Additional Information

The job will be advertised until the position has been successfully filled. You should therefore submit your application as soon as possible. We look forward to receiving your application via our

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