Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantum-Engineered Precision Measurements of Simple Atoms and Molecules

  • Faculty/Services:  Faculty of Science
  • Educational level:  PhD
  • Function type:  Academic Staff
  • Closing date:  1 Februari 2023
  • Vacancy number:  10841

Are you a theorist looking for an opportunity to develop new theoretical and computational tools for quantum logic spectroscopy and work closely with experiments?

The theory group of Arghavan Safavi-Naini is part of the institute of theoretical physics (ITFA) at the University of Amsterdam and QuSoft. We work closely with theory groups at QuSoft and experiments within the Quantum Gases and Quantum Information (QGQI) cluster to develop new technologies for quantum simulation and computing. We develop computational tools and theoretical methods to study out-of-equilibrium quantum many-body systems with applications to quantum enhanced metrology and quantum information theory.

What are you going to do?

You will work in a team that develops a new platform for precision spectroscopy based on quantum logic. You will provide theory support to the rest of the team at the LaserLab at the Free University in Amsterdam (VU) and the group of Rene Gerritsma at the University of Amsterdam (UvA),

  1. To develop robust protocols for quantum enhanced sensing to probe for physics beyond the standard model.
  2. To study quantum many body physics and quantum chemistry in atom-ion mixtures
  3. To characterize the coupling between general spectroscopy and detection ions in the presence of optical tweezers

To this end you will need to develop efficient codes for open quantum many-body systems to characterize the experimental platforms. You will work in a large team consisting of other PhD students, post docs and several master students based both at UvA and VU.

Relevant references

  • P. O. Schmidt et al., Science 309, 749-752 (2005).
  • O. Katz et al., Nature Physics 18, 533–537 (2022).
  • H. Hirzler et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 128, 103401 (2022).
  • S. Patra et al., Science 369, 1238-1241 (2021).

Your experience and profile

  • PhD in Physics;
  • Research experience in quantum many-body theory and knowledge of state-of-the-art computational methods (matrix product states, tensor networks);
  • Background in quantum information theory and computation and benchmarking techniques;
  • Knowledge about quantum simulation platforms;
  • Committed researcher, demonstrated by publications in international refereed academic journals and academic publishers;
  • Experience in supervising PhD research;
  • Professional command of English.

To foster diversity in our research group, we will especially appreciate applications from female candidates.

Our offer

We offer a temporary employment contract for 38 hours per week for a period of 2 years. (with possible extension of a third year depending on the availability of funding). The preferred starting date is August 2023.

The gross monthly salary, based on 38 hours per week and dependent on relevant experience, ranges between € 2,846 to € 4,490 (scale 10). This does not include 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% year-end allowance. The Collective Labour Agreement of Universities of the Netherlands is applicable.

Besides the salary and a vibrant and challenging environment at Science Park we offer you multiple fringe benefits:

  • 232 holiday hours per year (based on fulltime) and extra holidays between Christmas and 1 January;
  • multiple courses to follow from our Teaching and Learning Centre;
  • a complete educational program for PhD students;
  • multiple courses on topics such as leadership for academic staff;
  • multiple courses on topics such as time management, handling stress and an online learning platform with 100+ different courses;
  • 7 weeks birth leave (partner leave) with 100% salary;
  • partly paid parental leave;
  • the possibility to set up a workplace at home;
  • a pension at ABP for which UvA pays two third part of the contribution;
  • the possibility to follow courses to learn Dutch;
  • help with housing for a studio or small apartment when you’re moving from abroad.

Are you curious to read more about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits, take a look here.

About us

The University of Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 8,000, as well as 1,800 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Institute of Physics (IoP) of the Faculty of Science combines the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute (WZI), the Institute of Theoretical Physics (ITFA) and the Institute for High Energy Physics (IHEF) and is one of the large research institutes of the Faculty of Science at the University of Amsterdam. The mission of IoP is to carry out excellent research in the field of experimental and theoretical physics, to provide inspiring teaching within the physics and other curricula and to transfer our knowledge of and enthusiasm for physics to society. The IoP has over 50 faculty and 180 researchers in total. The combination with the NWO Institutes at Amsterdam Science Park constitutes the largest physics hub in the Netherlands and is an international centre of excellence. This postdoc position is embedded in the theory group of Arghavan Safavi-Naini and is part of the institute of theoretical physics (ITFA) and QuSoft.

Want to know more about our organisation? Read more about working at the University of Amsterdam.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions or do you require additional information? Please contact:

  • Arghavan Safavi-Naini, T: +31 0615666210

Job application

If you feel the profile fits you, and you are interested in the job, we look forward to receiving your application. You can apply online via the button below. We accept applications until and including 01 February 2023.

Applications should include the following information (all files besides your cv should be submitted in one single pdf file):

  • a detailed CV including the months (not just years) when referring to your education and work experience;
  • a letter of motivation;
  • a list of publications;
  • the names and email addresses of two references who can provide letters of recommendation.

The interviews will be held in the course of March 2023.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

If you encounter Error GBB451, reach out to our HR Department directly. They will gladly help you continue your application.