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The Institute for Computer Architecture and Computer Engineering (ITI) at the University of Stuttgart seeks applications for a research position in the field of quantum computing.  The objective of the project is to understand the performance and increase the resilience of hybrid quantum-classical algorithms such as the quantum approximate optimization algorithm (QAOA) on contemporary, noisy quantum computers.  The position issuitable for PhD candidates, yet interested candidates who already hold a PhD degree can be employed as well.

Located in Stuttgart, one of Europe’s main economic hubs, the Institute offers you an inspiring working atmosphere in a successful international team.  The remuneration will be a 100% position according to the German public-service salary grade TV-L E13.  In addition to research activities, we expect from you contributions to our teaching program,  supervising of student theses and participation in administrative duties, such as organization of scientific conferences. The project will involve cooperation with the Physics department of the University and external scientists.

To qualify for this position, you need an above-average Master’s degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or a related discipline.  Moreover, we expect proven skills or experiences in at least one of the three areas listed below (and credible interest in the other two):

  1. Quantum algorithms, ideally ones suitable for noisy-intermediate scale quantum (NISQ) computers, e.g., VQE, QAOA.
  2. Continuous optimization.
  3. Noise-aware quantum circuit synthesis and techniques to quantify resilience, e.g., randomized benchmarking.

The project will have access to a locally-installed physical quantum computer in the Stuttgart area, and you will have the opportunity to use this quantum computer.  To this end, programming skills in a procedural or object-oriented language (e.g., C or Python) are required, and you must be prepared to familiarize with the programming interface of the quantum computer.

To apply, please send, by email, your cover letter (explicitly explaining your interest in the topic and pointing out which of the three above-mentioned areas you feel competent in), CV and scans of your Master’s and Bachelor’s degree certificates including the transcripts with all grades.  You can add, optionally, reference letters, existing publications, or other supplementary materials you consider relevant, or links to such materials.  We will not answer applications which do not discuss qualifications for this project.  The University is pursuing a gender-equality policy and is therefore particularly encouraging qualified women to apply.  Handicapped persons are given priority if they are equally qualified.

Deadline: Send your application to ilia.polian@informatik.uni-stuttgart.de before December 1, 2020.

Questions regarding this position can be directed to:

Prof. Dr. Ilia Polian
Institut für Technische Informatik
Pfaffenwaldring 47
D-70569 Stuttgart, Germany


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Ilia Polian

Head of Institute and Chair of Hardware Oriented Computer Science

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