PhD student at ICTQT, UG

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Application deadline: 

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Institution: International Centre for Theory of Quantum Technologies, University of Gdansk, Poland
Scientific discipline: quantum physics
Number of jobs offered: 10
Stipend: monthly stipend 4 500 PLN (tax free)
Position starts on: 01.10.2019 (for those only who are already doctorial students the starting date is negotiable)
Maximum period of stipend: up to 48 months
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Positions of PhD students offered by the International Centre for Theory of Quantum Technologies of the University of Gdansk are within implementation of the project “International Centre for Theory of Quantum Technologies” (Project leader: Marek Żukowski). The project is financed by the Foundation for Polish Science from the funds of the Smart Growth Operational Programme, axis IV: Increasing the research potential (Measure 4.3) under the International Research Agendas Programme.


We are looking for PhD students to work in the newly created International Centre for Theory of Quantum Technologies (ICTQT), funded by the Foundation for Polish Science, and hosted by the University of Gdansk. The founders of ICTQT are Marek Zukowski as the director, and Pawel Horodecki as a co- applicant. The Centre’s official foreign partner is IQOQI-Vienna of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Gdansk is the pioneering and leading center of quantum information research in Poland. Gdansk, and the whole Tri-City, is one of the most beautifully located urban areas in Poland, with sandy sea beaches, lakes, and woods within in it and in the nearby area. It is the birthplace of Polish jazz and rock festivals, and vibrant in many fields.

The Centre consists of 7 research groups:

- Multiphoton Quantum Optics for Quantum Information (leader Marek Zukowski)
- New Quantum Resources I (leader Paweł Horodecki)
- New Quantum Resources II (leader Michał Horodecki)
- Quantum Cybersecurity and Communication (leader Marcin Pawłowski)
- Foundational Underpinnings of Quantum Technologies (leader Ana Belen Sainz)
- Quantum Computation, Quantum Error Correction and Many-body Systems
- Quantum Open Systems.

Profile of candidates/requirements:

  • MSc degree preferably in physics. MSc degree in computers science or mathematics is also acceptable.
  • Interest in mathematical and conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics and quantum information, and related topics, especially those which are within the research agenda of ICTQT (see above).
  • At least basic knowledge of quantum information theory.
  • Optionally: experience in programming (C++, Python or Matlab).
  • Interest in the subject and motivation to scientific work.

Key responsibilities include:

- Active scientific research.
- Presentation of project results to internal and external parties.
- Active involvement in seminars, group meetings etc.
- Participation in organizational activity of ICTQT.

We offer:

  • Scholarship monthly 4500 PLN.
  • Work in a rapidly developing unit, the International Centre for Theory of Quantum Technologies at the University of Gdansk.
  • Scientific and organizational support.
  • Basic equipment and core facilities.
  • Friendly, inspiring, interdisciplinary environment, including “entanglement” with National Centre for Quantum Information (KCIK) and Institute for Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics (IFTiA) at UG.

Required documents:

1. filled-in recruitment form;
2. curriculum vitae;
3. a research resume with a list of research projects in which the candidate took part (with specification of the role); PDF files of publications (if there are any); A list of talks at conferences and workshops, and a list of prizes and awards;
4. motivation letter (including statement of current scientific interests)– up to 2 pages;
5. documents confirming scientific degrees (copy of diploma thesis);
6. name and contact details (e-mail addresses) to two senior researchers who may provide reference for the candidate
(The candidate is expected to contact referees and ask them to send reference letters directly to
The letters must be sent before the deadline.
). ICTQT may also contact the referees directly, to request the letters, or to send reminders.

General rules of the recruitment process:

1. The recruitment procedure has two stages:
o Interview of pre-selected candidates by the Selection Commission(SC);
o Formal exam in physics, computer science, or mathematics (physics exam - September, 2019). Exam is obligatory for those only who are not already doctorial students at Polish universities in those disciplines.
2. PhD student positions is also offered to candidates who plan to defend their master's thesis no later than August 2019, and who are already PhD students at other Universities/Institutions.
3. The decision will be made by ICTQT Selecting Commission (SC) within 3 months from the date of recruitment completion.
4. SC reserves the right to invite for the interview only pre-selected candidates.
5. SC’s decision is final and is not subject to appeal.
6. SC reserves the right to close the competition without selecting the candidate.

For more details about research groups and the position please visit: