Tenure Track Candidate in Quantum Computing

The Faculty of Science, Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science, in collaboration with the Quantum Software Consortium, is looking for a

Tenure Track Candidate in Quantum Computing (1.0 FTE)
Vacancy number 17-312

Key responsibilities

  • Conducting independent research in Quantum Computing, establishing their own research group;
  • Teaching suitable BSc and MSc courses and supervising BSc, MSc, and PhD students;
  • Securing external funding for research;
  • Contribution to organizational activities of the Institute.

Selection criteria

  • A PhD degree;
  • A strong track record in quantum computing/information;
  • Postdoctoral experience;
  • Able to develop and motivate his/her own scientific group.

Research at our Faculty/Institute

The Leiden Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is diverse, ranging from mathematics, computer science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together. For more information, see www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/science.

LIACS, the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science, is the Computer Science Institute of the Faculty of Science of Leiden University. According to our recent research visitation LIACS is one of the foremost computer science departments of the Netherlands. The Quantum Software Consortium is a collaboration of Quantum Computing Researchers at Amsterdam, Delft, and Leiden. The scientist will play a leading role in Quantum Software Research of Leiden University and will collaborate closely with our partners in the Consortium at QuTech in Delft and QuSoft in Amsterdam. For this tenure track position we are especially interested in Quantum Machine Learning algorithms, although exceptional candidates in all fields of Quantum Software are encouraged to reflect.

QuTech is a research center in quantum science and technology, and National Icon of the Netherlands, whose goal is to realize a Quantum Internet and Quantum Computer. QuTech is located at TU Delft, as a close collaboration among several disciplines (Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science), TNO (Center for applied engineering research), and industrial partners (Microsoft and Intel). QuTech encompasses experimental, theoretical and engineering research needed realize quantum technologies, ranging from the realization of quantum computing devices to the development of new protocols and software. Leiden and Delft collaborate on Quantum Computing, and the candidate will spend time interacting with researchers at both Universities.

QuSoft Amsterdam is the new Dutch research center for quantum software. Its mission is to develop new protocols, algorithms and applications that can be run on small and medium-sized prototypes of a quantum computer. The main focus of QuSoft is on the development of quantum software, which requires fundamentally different techniques and approaches from conventional software.

At LIACS we focus on talent by investing in both professional and personal development of our staff and by rewarding outstanding performance. We offer young and talented scientists with the ambition to grow into the role of a full professor a clear and inviting career path in a tenure track. Tenure track positions are intended to foster high quality research in computer science.
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Terms and conditions

Tenure trackers start as assistant professors. Your tenure track is expected to lead to a promotion to a tenured position as associate professor and eventually to grow into the role of a full professor. We focus on talent by investing in your professional and personal development. There is a strong focus on coaching and training. A special mentor program is offered with fellow Tenure Trackers in a peer group, in order to develop research, education, and managerial skills.

We offer a 6 year term position, starting towards the end of 2017, with the possibility of a tenure position based on performance. Salary range from €3,475 to €4,757 gross per month (pay scale 11, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. More at http://www.workingat.leiden.edu/.

Leiden University requires teaching staff to obtain the University Teaching Qualification. If the successful applicant does not already possess this qualification or its equivalent it’s obligated to obtain this Qualification within two years.

Work-life balance

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

LIACS strives for excellence in a caring institute. We wish to reflect society both in age, gender and culture, as we believe that this benefits the dynamics in our organization. We support and understand the need for a work/life/family balance and consequent varying working hours and places. We believe that doing good science is fun, and goes hand in hand with a driven yet friendly culture. In the Netherlands, a maternity allowance is standard for 16 weeks. Various child care options are available near the Campus.

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. Leiden is a lively and beautiful city with a central location in Europe, at only 20 minutes from Schiphol International Airport, and 20 minutes from the North Sea beaches. Leiden is a very international city where almost everybody speaks English, candidates need not be afraid of the language barrier. Leiden is a typical historic university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575), established by William of Orange. The University permeates the local surroundings; University premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere. Today, with some 25,000 students, 5,500 staff, 16 Nobel prizes, more than 100 nationalities and a budget of more than 550 million Euros, it is one of the largest comprehensive universities in Europe. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia.


Inquiries can be made to Prof. Aske Plaat, email a.plaat@liacs.leidenuniv.nl, or Prof. Thomas Bäck, email T.H.W.Baeck@liacs.leidenuniv.nl.
If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Marloes van der Nat, email m.van.der.nat@liacs.leidenuniv.nl, telephone +31 71 527 7061.


Written applications should be submitted no later than 1 October 2017 to Prof. Aske Plaat via jobs@liacs.leidenuniv.nl using the vacancy number and including:
• A brief description of your research plan;
• A full CV including a list of publications and a link to your Google Scholar page;
• PDFs or links to key publications and PhD thesis;
• As well as the names and addresses of at least three persons that can be contacted for reference (who have agreed to be contacted).

Laatst Gewijzigd: 07-09-2017