University of Twente

PhD position in secure quantum photonic cloud computing

2024-04-21 (Europe/Amsterdam)
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Job description

We are looking for a PhD candidate to work with an international consortium focused on validating the QEnclave concept. The objective is to obfuscate a quantum computation task from a client also from the quantum cloud computer owner by rotating the input states in a trusted hardware environment. This environment will be a special hardware Security Module (HSM) adapted for its purpose. Your responsibilities will involve jointly designing fiber-coupled hardware for deployment within the HSM, conducting device testing, and collaborating with consortium partners to execute the conclusive demonstration.

Your home base will be within the Adaptive Quantum Optics (AQO) chair in the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente. Your supervisor will be Prof. Pepijn Pinkse (AQO).

We work closely together with our colleagues in the integrated photonics program.

Your profile

  • You have an enthusiastic and highly motivated research attitude.
  • You are motivated to act as the experimental optical expert in an interdisciplinary and international team with partners from industry, from quantum information theory and with software developers.
  • You have a good team spirit and like to work in an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented environment.
  • A master’s degree in physics (or related) with a background in photonics, (quantum) optics, cryptography or related areas.
  • Good English writing and presentation skills.

Our offer

  • A full-time position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year.
  • Your salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU).
  • You will receive a gross monthly salary ranging from € 2.770,- (first year) to € 3.539,- (fourth year).
  • There are excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, and a solid pension scheme.
  • A minimum of 232 leave hours in case of full-time employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. A full-time employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis.
  • Free access to sports facilities on campus.
  • You will have a training programme as part of the Twente Graduate School of the University of Twente where you and your supervisors will determine a plan for a suitable education and supervision.

Information and application

Are you interested in this position? Please send your application via the 'Apply now' button below before April 21st and should include:

  • A cover letter (maximum 2 pages A4), emphasizing your specific interest, qualifications, motivations to apply for this position.
  • A Curriculum Vitae, including a list of all courses attended and grades obtained, and, if applicable, a list of publications.
  • An IELTS-test, Internet TOEFL test (TOEFL-iBT), or a Cambridge CAE-C (CPE). Applicants with a non-Dutch qualification and who have not had secondary and tertiary education in English can only be admitted with an IELTS-test showing a total band score of at least 6.5, internet. TOEFL test (TOEFL-iBT) showing a score of at least 90, or a Cambridge CAE-C (CPE).
  • For more information regarding this position, you are welcome to contact Prof. Dr. Pepijn Pinkse, p.w.h.pinkse@utwente.nl.

About the department

Adaptive Quantum Optics (AQO) combines adaptive methods in combination with quantum optics. Within AQO, we employ adaptive systems designed to steer quantum states of light to develop quantum technology for security and fundamental understanding. Whether exploring multiple-scattering photonic media or engineered nanophotonic or integrated photonic structures, we strive to uncover the underlying physical principles that govern their behaviour.

AQO stands as a beacon at the intersection of quantum optics, nanooptics, and security, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and a commitment to pushing the boundaries of scientific exploration.

About the organisation

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

Job details

Title
PhD position in secure quantum photonic cloud computing
Location
Drienerlolaan 5 Enschede, Netherlands
Published
2024-03-12
Application deadline
2024-04-21 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam)
2024-04-21 23:59 (CET)
Job type
PhD
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