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Postdoc – Design and Control Theory of NV-Based Quantum Simulators


The Peter Grünberg Institute - Quantum Control (PGI-8) at the Forschungszentrum Jülich specializes in novel optimization strategies for emerging quantum technologies. These emerging technologies aim to provide transformative changes to our society, including how we think about information, and unlocking vast calculations for the natural sciences, logistical problem solving, and high-performance computation. Our institute has pioneered the application of quantum optimal control methods to quantum computation and many-body quantum systems. This includes the development of physical models and model reduction techniques as well as algorithmic advances of in-situ optimization and machine learning to tackle the complex processes inherent to scalable quantum devices. Moreover, the institute also masters tensor networks techniques for many-body systems, i.e., numerical methods managing quantum entanglement in a practical way. By their use, we explore synthetic quantum matter and we also benchmark the computational gain attainable via noisy intermediate-scale quantum devices. Are you looking for a new challenge? Our team is looking forward to receiving your application!

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Your Job:

  • Develop techniques to simulate and control the dynamics of a diamond-based spin system for increasing system complexities
  • Find parameter regimes and control schemes to map interesting many-body Hamiltonians on experimentally realizable spin systems
  • Cooperate and actively work with experimental partners developing quantum simulators using this technological platform
  • Design and implement optimization techniques tailored to experimental constraints

Your Profile:

  • Master’s degree and PhD in quantum physics (or in a related domain)
  • Background and strong interest in developing theoretical models and methods, as well as in implementing numerical optimization techniques
  • Interest in working closely with experimental research teams
  • Detailed knowledge of quantum physics and experience with quantum technology, ideally with color centers in diamond
  • Strong analytic and numerical skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate in written and spoken English
  • Ability to work autonomously and in close interaction within a team
  • Most importantly: enthusiasm to explore uncharted territory, develop, and follow your own ideas

Our Offer:

We work on the very latest issues that impact our society and are offering you the opportunity to actively help in shaping change. Here is what Forschungszentrum Jülich can offer you:

  • Opportunity to conduct research at the interface of theory and experiment in a world-leading group in quantum technology
  • Work in a highly motivated research group as part of an international and interdisciplinary working environment with access to outstanding computing facilities and connections to the best research institutions around the world
  • Opportunity of participating in conferences and project meetings
  • Be in direct contact with leading experimental groups in quantum simulation and computing platforms
  • Enhance your expertise on the multiple facets of numerical and optimization technologies and experimental quantum-simulation platforms; these skills are in high demand both in academia and in high-tech companies: at present, there is significant investment from private and governmental funding agencies in the field of quantum technologies
  • Outstanding computing facilities in one of Europe’s largest research establishments
  • Information on employment as a postdoctoral fellow at Forschungszentrum Jülich can be found here: https://www.fz-juelich.de/en/careers/professionals/postdocs
  • Flexible working hours in a full-time position (39 hours/week) with the option of slightly reduced working hours to accommodate your family obligations
  • 30 days of annual leave and provision for days off between public holidays and weekends (e.g. between Christmas and New Year)

In addition to exciting tasks and a collaborative working atmosphere at Jülich, we have a lot more to offer: https://go.fzj.de/benefits

We offer a postdoctoral position initially limited to 2 years with the possibility of a longer-term perspective. Salary and social benefits will conform to the provisions of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund) depending on the applicant’s qualifications and the precise nature of the tasks assigned to them.

We particularly welcome applications from people from a diverse range of backgrounds (e.g. regardless of age, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation/identity, as well as social, ethnic, and religious background). We strive to offer a diverse and inclusive working environment in which people enjoy equal opportunities and are able to fulfill their potential.

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

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Last Modified: 05.10.2023