Post-doctoral positions in the theory of novel quantum simulators – connecting areas

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ICFO – The Institute of Photonic Sciences
30 June, 2019


Carl Friedrich Gauss, 3
Castelldefels 08860

ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences is offering 3 postdoctoral positions to well-qualified, highly motivated and dynamic young scientists who wishes to enhance his/her scientific career in a friendly and stimulating environment. ­­­­­­

The successful candidate will be joining the Quantum Optics Theory group led by Prof. Maciej Lewenstein. The group research is very broad and ranges from quantum optics, through attocines, statistical physic, classical and quantum many body theory, machine learning, to quantum simulators and quantum information, with an emphasis quantum correlations in many body systems and quantum thermodynamics.

The candidate will be working under the ERC Advanced Grant project  NOQIA: NOvel Quantum simulators – connectIng Areas, funded by the ERC (more details to be found on the Prof. Maciej Lewestein ICFO web page: NOQIA will bring together a multidisciplinary team, including academic, research and industrial partners, working on the development, demonstration and certification of quantum simulators of atto-physics devices, atto-physics insight into many body physics with condensed matter and atoms, applications of neural networks and machine learning to quantum many body physics and vice versa and quantum neural networks employing topological effects. The role of the hired researchers will be to work, if possible in all of these areas, with focus on at least one of them.


Candidates must hold an internationally-recognized Ph.D.-equivalent degree (or evidence of its completion in the nearest future) preferably in physics, mathematics, computer science or engineering.

The candidate should have a proven track record of working on quantum information theory, ideally in the study of quantum phenomena with no classical analogue and/or quantum information protocols.

ICFO is an equal employment opportunity employer. Candidates are selected exclusively on merit and potential on the basis of submitted application material. No restrictions of persons with disabilities, citizenship or gender apply to ICFO positions. ICFO abides by the principles of openness, efficiency, transparency, supportiveness, and international comparability as stated in the European Charter for Researchers and the European Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

The contract is offered for periods of one year, renewable for a total of up to 3 years.


The formal application should be submitted online via

Suitable candidates are requested to submit:

- Presentation letter with a declaration of interest,

- Curriculum Vitae, including contact details,

- The contact e-mail of two potential referees.

Candidates should be willing to be contacted by phone during the selection process.

Candidates may contact jobs [at] icfo [dot] eu for informal enquiries regarding the application, as well as address scientific enquiries to maciej [dot] lewenstein [at] icfo [dot] eu.


The call will remain open until June 30, 2019.

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