PhD Student in Quantum error correction

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The Physics Department at the University of Gothenburg announces a position as PhD student, working on quantum error correction. A vital ingredient to realizing the promises of quantum computing is to implement quantum error correction to compensate for intrinsically noisy qubits. The research group works broadly on topics within quantum computing, with a focus on quantum error correction, where we develop new codes and new decoders. A particular area of interest is to use techniques within machine learning, such as deep reinforcement learning and graph neural networks, but methods within statistical physics, such as Monte-Carlo and tensor network-based algorithms are also used. The group is part of the Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology, that provides a large and active environment of researchers and PhD students working on a wide range of topics within quantum technology and quantum information. 

Job assignments

Depending on interests and background of the candidate the research can focus on utilizing machine learning or other algorithms for decoding, studying foundations of codes by mapping to statistical physics models, or implementing existing decoders for hardware near applications. Potential projects may also involve collaborating with experimental groups to run error correcting codes on superconducting qubit chips currently developed within WACQT at the Department of Microelectronics and Nanoscience at Chalmers. The position is supported by the Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology (WACQT), which receives funding from Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation. WACQT is a 12-year, billion-SEK initiative with the purpose of advancing Swedish academia and industry to the forefront of quantum technology, and to build a Swedish quantum computer. WACQT is committed to promoting career development, diversity, and gender equality through networking and supporting activities.

The Department of Physics at the University of Gothenburg is located in the center of Gothenburg, with approximately 100 employees. The communication routes are good both nationally and internationally. The research focuses within the fields of Atom- and Molecular Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Spintronics, and Complex Systems and Biophysics and is performed in an international environment with extensive national and international collaborations. The education programs at the Department include Bachelor- and Master programs in Physics, physics teacher-training programs, as well as outreach courses in Physics aimed for the general public. Gothenburg Physics Centre is a close collaboration with three other departments within the Faculty of Science and Chalmers University of Technology, which creates an innovative environment for all researchers and students at the department. For further information about the Department of Physics, please visit our website at www.physics.gu.se/english. More information about Gothenburg Physics Centre can be found at www.chalmers.se/en/centres/gpc/Pages/default.aspx.

Being a PhD is a 4 year full-time studies and leads to a Doctoral Degree. Those who are employed as doctoral students must primarily devote themselves to their doctoral education. However, a doctoral student may to a limited extent work with education, research and administration. Such work may, before the doctoral degree is completed, not cover more than 20 % of full-time work.


Eligibility

To be eligible for third-cycle studies, the applicant must meet both the general and specific entry requirements:

A person meets the general entry requirements for third-cycle courses and study programs if he/she:
1. has been awarded a second-cycle qualification,
2. has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second-cycle, or
3. has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.

To meet the specific entry requirements for third-cycle studies, applicants must: (i) have a second-cycle (advanced-level) degree in a relevant* subject area in the natural sciences, or (ii) have completed studies for at least 60 higher education credits at a second-cycle level in relevant subject areas in the natural sciences, or (iii) have completed a corresponding programme of relevance to the planned third-cycle programme, in Sweden or in another country, or have equivalent qualifications. The specific entry requirements also include an acceptable command of spoken and written English. Guidelines for assessing English proficiency may include a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL test (or 213 on the TOEFL-CBT, or 79 on the TOEFL-iBT).

Assessment

Regulations for the evaluation of qualifications for education on a doctoral level are given in SFS 1993:100.

Employment

A new employment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The employment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full time doctoral studies.

Type of employment: Fixed-term employment, 4 years full time
Extent: 100 %
Location: Department of Physics, Gothenburg
First day of employment: June 1, 2024 or as agreed on.  

University applies a local salary agreement of graduate students.

Appointment procedure

Please apply online

The application shall include:

Cover letter with an explanation of why you apply for the position
CV
Possible scientific publications and/or master thesis project, or drafts thereof
Copy of exam certificate 
Two referees (name, contact information, relation)

Documented experience in working with quantum computing and specifically quantum error correction is desirable, but not required. Similarly, previous experience with deep machine learning is desirable. Good mathematical and programming skills are a requirement.  

For further information regarding the position contact:
Supervisor: Mats Granath, Senior lecturer, Department of Physics, University of Gothenburg, +46 723087160, mats.granath@physics.gu.se 

Co-supervisor: Anton Frisk Kockum, Senior researcher, Department of Microelectronics and Nanoscience, Chalmers, anton.frisk.kockum@chalmers.se

Unions

Union representatives at the University of Gothenburg: http://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

How to apply

In order to apply for a position at the University of Gothenburg, you have to register an account in our online recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline. The selection of candidates is made based of the qualifications registered in the application.

Application deadline is 22 March 2024.

 

The University works actively to achieve a working environment with equal conditions, and values the qualities that diversity brings to its operations.

In accordance with the National Archives of Sweden’s regulations, the University must archive application documents for two years after the appointment is filled. If you request that your documents are returned, they will be returned to you once the two years have passed. Otherwise, they will be destroyed.

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