Quantum computers promise to deliver strong computational speedups, at least for a few relevant problems. One path towards building a quantum computer is to design a small quantum device and carefully scale it up, this is the so-called monolithic approach. An alternative path is to link small quantum devices via entanglement and create a distributed quantum computer. While this approach has the advantage of sidestepping the need to control very large quantum systems it brings challenges of its own such as the periodic distribution of entanglement.
In this project you will propose and investigate scalable architectures for distributed quantum computation based on realistic quantum devices. The investigation will have a theoretical part mostly related with quantum error correction and network architectures, and a numerical part where you will model realistic quantum devices and simulate the performance of the codes and architectures.
You will be jointly supervised by David Elkouss in QuTech and Stacey Jeffery in QuSoft. Additionally, you will also work in close collaboration with the experimental group of Tim Taminiau (QuTech) —that will provide the error models for the numerical simulations— and have the opportunity to collaborate with Serge Fehr (QuSoft).
You have a master’s degree in either computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics or physics. You have demonstrated your abilities in at least one research project. A background in quantum information and/or programming are a plus.
To apply fill the application here. You will need to prepare the following application materials and join them in a single pdf file:
- A letter telling us why you want to join the project
- The report of one of your projects
- Complete transcript
For questions about the application, you can write an email to: d dot elkousscoronas at tudelft dot nl
The application deadline is August the 1st 2018. The starting date is September the 1st 2018 (can be negotiated).
The gross monthly salary for a Ph.D. on a full-time basis is €2,222 during the first year and increases to €2,840 over the four years period. Employees are also entitled to a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.33%. These values are subject to update. The salary and the terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labor Agreement for Research Centers (“CAO-onderzoeksinstellingen”).