Postdoctoral Research Position in Chemical Simulations based on Quantum Computing

University of Amsterdam Institute of Physics


Postdoctoral research position in Chemical simulations based on Quantum Computing

Publication date 16 March 2021
Closing date 15 April 2021
Level of education PhD
Hours 38 hours per week
Salary indication €2,790 to €4,402 gross per month
Vacancy number 21-176

Are you a highly-motivated postdoctoral researcher with excellent skills for performing Chemical simulations based on Quantum Computing? Then you could be the candidate we are looking for.

We have a two year postdoctoral position available in a joint research initiative (started by TOYOTA, QuSoft, UvA and VU) that is aimed at exploring potential usage of quantum computing for research and development. You will be employed at the Institute of Physics (IoP) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The main research environments will be the QuSoft Center (housed by CWI) and the Theoretical Chemistry group at the Vrije Universiteit (VU).

What are you going to do?

Focus of the project will be the study of photocatalytic systems on quantum computers. Stationary molecules or chemical reactions pertaining to heterogenous photocatalysis systems will be analyzed with the help of quantum computing and quantum simulation techniques. The goal is to identify pathways from exploratory simulations on simulators or NISQ type devices towards the goal of accurate calculations on realistic model systems. Important aspect of the project is algorithmic development: case-specific improving, tweaking and optimizing of approaches, such as those based on a Variational Quantum Eigensolver (VQE) or on Hamiltonian simulation in combination with Quantum Phase Estimation (QPE).

The project will be supervised by:

  • dr Sachin Kinge for TOYOTA
  • prof Kareljan Schoutens for QuSoft, UvA
  • prof Lucas Visscher for VU

The results of the research will be published in the open literature. At the same time, the results will be shared within the collaboration through regular updates, progress meetings and internal reports.

What do we require?

The successful candidate should have:

  • a completed PhD in (Computational) Chemistry, Theoretical Physics or Computer Science;
  • expertise in and affinity for computational approaches to chemistry, materials or condensed matter systems;
  • strong motivation to work in a cross-disciplinary environment at the interface of academic and corporate research.

Our offer 

We offer a two-year contract for 38 hours a week, preferably starting on 1 June or 1 July 2021.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,790 to €4,402 (scale 10) gross per month, 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.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.


Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:

  • Prof. Kareljan Schoutens

About the Faculty of Science and the Institute of Physics

The UvA’s Faculty of Science has a student body of around 700, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

In the area of quantum computing and quantum simulation, four research institutes of the Faculty of Science, including the Institute of Physics (IoP) , work together in QuSoft , a research center for quantum software. The mission of QuSoft is to develop new protocols, algorithms and applications that can be run on small and medium-sized prototypes of a quantum computer.

Job application

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 15 April 2021. You may apply online by using the link below.

Applications in a single.pdf (please upload in the field marked CV) should include:

  • a cover letter where you will present yourself briefly;
  • a personal statement where your general research interests, past research and research plans are described;
  • a CV including publication list, list of talks and contact details of three referees.

Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.

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