Quantum Software Consortium


Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam invites excellent researchers to apply for a Tenure-track position in the area of quantum algorithms and applications of quantum computers.


QuSoft is the Dutch research Center for Quantum Software that was launched in 2015. Its mission is to develop new communication protocols, algorithms, and applications for small and medium-sized prototypes as well as larger quantum computers. The researchers at QuSoft develop software and applications that exploit the extraordinary power of quantum computers based on their quantum mechanical properties such as superposition, interference and entanglement.


This position is established as part of the Quantum Software Consortium (QSC) program a 10-year grant funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science through the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. QSC is hosted by three research clusters: Leiden University, QuSoft (collaboration of the University of Amsterdam, the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science CWI, and Free University Amsterdam) and the Delft institute QuTech (a collaboration between Delft University of Technology and the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research TNO).


You are expected to contribute to the aims of the QSC program (http://www.quantumsc.nl/ABOUT- QSC2/About-QSC/) for the duration of the grant, and in particular to find synergy with related research in the quantum algorithms research directions at QuSoft. You will get a start-up package consisting of a PhD and a postdoc position, to enable a quick start of your research program. The appointment will be on a tenure-track basis with the prospect of a tenured position following a successful evaluation after maximally 5 years.



We are looking for an excellent scientist with recognized expertise in quantum computing and quantum information processing in general. You find inspiration in collaborations within different fields of interest like computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry etc. You should have a successful scientific track record in quantum information. Most importantly, you will display the ability and capacity to develop an independent research program of funded research.


The position is located at the CWI and as such there are no teaching requirements. However, you are expected to collaborate on the development of course material in quantum software, and occasionally teach a course on this material at the University of Amsterdam.


CWI encourages a diverse workforce: we endeavor to develop talent and creativity by bringing people from different backgrounds and cultures together. We recruit and select based on capabilities and talent. We strongly encourage everyone with the appropriate qualifications to apply for the vacancy, regardless of age, gender, origin, sexual orientation or physical abilities.


We especially invite qualified women to apply.


Terms and conditions

The position is initially for three or five years depending on knowledge and experience. Consideration for a tenured position at the start may be given to exceptionally well-qualified individuals.
At the end of a successful tenure track term a permanent scientific staff position will be offered. Criteria for evaluation comprise a track record of publications that is well above average, and the ability to acquire funding and to build up an (inter)national network and reputation and to supervise PhD’s.


The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labor Agreement for Research Centres ("CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen"). Depending on relevant work experience, the gross monthly starting salary for an employee on a full-time basis ranges from € 3,682 to € 5,757.
Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.33%. CWI offers attractive working conditions, including flexible scheduling and help with housing for expat employees. CWI expects its tenure-track researchers to speak Dutch at the end of the tenure track.


Information and application

Applicants should send:

  • a motivation letter;
  • a curriculum vitae with a list of publications;
  • copies of their three most prominent publications;
  • the names of at least three prominent scientists who can provide letters of recommendation;
  • a research statement and a research plan for the coming years, including plans on how to 
acquire additional funding.

Please send the application before 25 October 2019 to:

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica

Personnel Department, Mrs. drs. A. Schilder, 

P.O. Box 94079 

1090 GB Amsterdam

The Netherlands 


or email the application to: apply@cwi.nl. 


Additional information can be obtained from Prof. Harry Buhrman, email: buhrman@cwi.nl


For more information about CWI, please visit www.cwi.nl or watch our video about working at CWI. 


About Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica 

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) is the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science and is part of the Institutes Organisation of NWO. The mission of CWI is to conduct pioneering research in mathematics and computer science, generating new knowledge in these fields and conveying it to trade, industry, and society at large. 
CWI is an internationally oriented institute, with 160 scientists from approximately 27 countries. The facilities are first-rate and include excellent IT support, career planning, training, and courses. 
CWI is located at Science Park Amsterdam that is presently developing into a major location of research in the natural sciences in The Netherlands, housing the sciences of the University of Amsterdam and of the Vrije Universiteit as well as several other national research institutes next to CWI.


Research group 

To find more information about QuSoft and the Algorithms and Complexity group, please visit their webpages and watch their video. 






Assistant professor in quantum many-body theory and quantum simulation with QuSoft at the University of Amsterdam


Job description

QuSoft, the Amsterdam Research Center for Quantum Software, is looking for a principal investigator at junior faculty (tenure track) level. We focus on the area of quantum many-body theory and quantum simulation. You will be part of the ‘core’ of the QuSoft center and we expect that you take on an active role in shaping and developing the center. Within UvA you are embedded in the Condensed Matter Theory group at ITFA/IoP (PI’s Caux, Corboz, Gritsev, Ozols, Schoutens, Walter, Van Wezel), with close relations to experimental quantum matter groups (Golden, Van Heumen, Schreck, Spreeuw). You are expected to actively engage in teaching within the UvA – initially in specialized courses in your own subject area, but also in the wider context of the educational programs in Physics and related subjects taught within UvA’s Science faculty. While employed by the UvA, you are expected to spend the majority of your time at QuSoft, which is presently housed on the same campus at the CWI.




You have a research interest and strong track record in the field of theoretical physics, connecting to the broad area of quantum many-body theory and quantum simulation. You have a PhD degree in Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science and must have a demonstrable commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. You are open to fostering collaborations not only within Amsterdam's academic institutes, but also nationally and internationally. Most importantly, you have the ability and capacity to develop independent and vigorous programs of externally funded research. You are willing to acquire a basic qualification in teaching (BKO) as demanded by Dutch universities.



Conditions of employment

Start dates are negotiable. The position will be filled at the level of Assistant professor, or in exceptional cases of Associate professor, depending on qualifications. The starting salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience and qualifications. It will range from a minimum of €3,545 gross per month up to a maximum of €5,513 gross per month (Assistant professor, salary scale 11-12), based on full-time employment. This is excluding 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% end-of-year bonus. Tenure-track appointments will initially be on a temporary basis for a period of six years, with up to three assessment interviews during this period. In the case of a tenure track appointment, the position will become permanent after at most five years with promotion to a higher position if the candidate is successful. Criteria that have to be met include success in research, in acquisition of funds and in education. Details of the criteria will be mutually agreed upon before the appointment. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable. A favourable tax agreement, the 30% ruling, may apply to non-Dutch applicants.




University of Amsterdam

With over 5,000 employees, 30,000 students and a budget of more than 600 million euros, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) is an intellectual hub within the Netherlands. Teaching and research at the UvA are conducted within seven faculties: Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Economics and Business, Law, Science, Medicine and Dentistry. Housed on four city campuses in or near the heart of Amsterdam, where disciplines come together and interact, the faculties have close links with thousands of researchers and hundreds of institutions at home and abroad. The UvA’s students and employees are independent thinkers, competent rebels who dare to question dogmas and aren’t satisfied with easy answers and standard solutions. To work at the UvA is to work in an independent, creative, innovative and international climate characterised by an open atmosphere and a genuine engagement with the city of Amsterdam and society.




Amsterdam Research Center for Quantum Software

At QuSoft, the Amsterdam Research Center for Quantum Software, we focus on the area of quantum many-body theory and quantum simulation. The new faculty, who will be affiliated with the Institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam (ITFA), will have strong ties within ITFA but equally with groups in experimental physics (ultra-cold atoms in particular), chemistry, mathematics and computer science and with the QuSoft center.



Additional information

Further information

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Please submit your application by 18 June 2019 through this link as a single pdf file containing:

  • a cover letter and a statement summarizing your motivation (max 1 page);
  • your previous research accomplishments and your future research goals (max 2 pages);
  • your teaching statement (max 2 pages);
  • a curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications, a list of your best five papers;
  • a list of your grants and scholarships;
  • names and contact details (email and telephone numbers) of three references.

Applications may only be submitted by electronic mail via the link below.