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Tenure track Assistant Professorship in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics – UvA

The Netherlands

Applicants looking for a tenure-track position at QuSoft might also be interested in the current opening advertised: Tenure Track Position (Assistant / Associate Professor) in Quantum Software and Technology at QuSoft at University of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands – 2022

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General Info

Position: Assistant Professorship
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Aug - Sep 2022
Contract Period: 18 Months
Salary: 3,821 to 5,230 Euro/Month

Informatics Institute (IvI)

University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Netherlands


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Qualification Details

Your experience and profile:

  • a PhD degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or closely related field;
  • excellent research skills in quantum information science, as evidenced by a track record of publications in renowned conference proceedings and journals;
  • ability to promote outstanding and innovative research and foster research collaborations (with faculty, postdoctoral researchers and PhD candidates);
  • a track record and affinity for teaching and supervision (at the undergraduate and graduate levels),  with willingness to acquire a certificate of academic teaching quality (e.g. Dutch BKO) within two years;
  • the ability to communicate research findings to a broad audience;
  • willingness and ability to perform relevant administrative and organisational tasks, in particular related to educational tasks;
  • international research experience is preferred as is a highly collaborative and enthusiastic approach;
  • an excellent command of English and willingness to learn the Dutch language.

Responsibilities/Job Description

As a faculty member at the Informatics Institute, you will contribute to all aspects of the institute’s scientific mission, considering the normal research:teaching ratio of 70:30 at the institute. This includes in particular:

  • Research: develop your own independent research line; building and coordinating a research team of PhD candidates and postdocs; publishing your work in recognised outlets; and supporting your research through the acquisition of funding from agencies such as the NWO and ERC, and possibly industrial partners.
  • Teaching (30% of the position’s total time): (co-)supervise the group’s postdocs, PhD students and MSc students; teach one course in the new MSc program Quantum CS; scientific coordination of the new program.
  • Knowledge transfer: contribute to outreach, both in terms of engaging with (inter)national academic partners as well as possible industrial partners.
  • Management: contributing to management and administrative tasks at the institute, related to both education and research.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 8314

Application Procedure

Please use the CV field to upload the PDF document specified below (and do not submit a separate document with a cover letter). We will only consider applications that are complete and that have been submitted in this manner.

Applications should include (in one single PDF document):

  • a cover letter (of up to three pages), discussing in some detail your past and ongoing research, your future research plans, and your teaching philosophy;
  • a CV, including a summary of your past teaching and supervision activities as well as your list of publications (please highlight and provide URLs for two publications that are representative of your work);
  • names, affiliations, and email addresses of three academic referees who can provide details about your academic profile in relation to this position.

We will invite potential candidates for interviews in the weeks after the closing date.

About the Department/Section/Group

The candidate will be embedded in the Theory of Computer Science (TCS) group at IvI and should have a research profile in quantum information science that aligns with research at QuSoft, the Dutch research centre for quantum software, and which allows to connect with the expertise of other research groups at the institute. For example, in:

  • machine learning and AI, to explore whether quantum information and computation can improve existing techniques in AI, or offer new possibilities going beyond the non-quantum state-of-the art;
  • complex systems, to use quantum computers to simulate the quantum processes that underly many complex systems in biology, material science or chemistry;
  • networks and security, to explore the role of quantum information with respect to networks, security, distributed/parallel computation, e.g. in post-quantum cryptography, quantum cryptography, quantum key distribution, quantum internet, distributed and delegated quantum computation, etc.

Supported by Action Line 3 of QDNL, the UvA is planning to set up a new two-year research MSc program in Quantum Computer Science. The candidate will be the scientific leader of this new programme. Setting up an entirely new MSc program from scratch is a rare and exciting chance for long-lasting educational impact. The candidate will play a crucial role representing the UvA efforts in the new Quantum.Amsterdam Talent & Learning Center.

Applicants looking for a tenure-track position at QuSoft might also be interested in the current opening advertised: Tenure Track Position (Assistant / Associate Professor) in Quantum Software and Technology at QuSoft

The mission of the Informatics Institute (IvI) is to perform curiosity-driven and use-inspired fundamental research in Computer Science. The main research themes are Artificial Intelligence, Computational Science and Systems and Network Engineering. Our research involves complex information systems at large, with a focus on collaborative, data driven, computational and intelligent systems, all with a strong interactive component.

QuSoft is the Dutch research Center for Quantum Software, a collaboration between the University of Amsterdam and Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI). Its mission is to explore and develop uses of quantum computers and other quantum technologies, for the benefit of society. The researchers at QuSoft develop algorithms, software and applications that exploit the extraordinary power of quantum computers based on their quantum mechanical properties, such as superposition, interference and entanglement. That requires fundamentally different techniques and approaches from those used to develop conventional software.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

We offer a temporary employment contract for 38 hours per week for a period of 18 months with a probationary period of two months. Preferred starting date is between 1 August and 1 September 2022. A permanent contract follows if we assess your performance positive.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €3,821 to €5,230 gross per month (scale 11), based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities 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 about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.

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Contact details

Christian Schaffner, Professor Theoretical Computer Science

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