PhD Position on Mapping of Quantum



About QuTech

QuTech, founded by the TU Delft and The Netherlands Organization for Applied Research (TNO), is an advanced research center for quantum computing and quantum communication. The research at QuTech is focused on solving scientific and engineering challenges to enable reliable quantum information processing, in collaboration with public and industrial partners. Current research takes place along three scientific roadmaps focused on the development of fault-tolerant quantum computing, topological quantum computing, and the quantum internet.

The Quantum Computer Architecture Lab, at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS), focuses on definition and development of a scalable quantum computer architecture and it is closely connected to QuTech (Fault-Tolerant roadmap). The main areas of research are: Quantum programming languages and compiler, Quantum Instruction Set Architecture, quantum microarchitecture, quantum error correction, quantum computer simulation and mapping of quantum algorithms.

Job description

The Quantum Computer Architecture group – QuTech at Delft University of Technology is looking for a PhD student to work on the mapping of quantum algorithms on quantum processors.

Quantum algorithms can be described as quantum circuits consisting of qubits and gates operating on them. This circuit description is quantum hardware agnostic and assumes, for instance, that any operation between any pair of qubits is possible. However, current and near-term quantum chips have several constraints, being the most important the limited qubit connectivity that requires the qubits to be placed in neighbouring positions whenever they have to interact- i.e. perform a two-qubit gate. Therefore, to run a circuit on such a quantum hardware, it must be modified to satisfy the contraints of the chip. This is what we call the mapping problem.

Several mapping models have been developed targeting current quantum chips from IBM or Rigetti. At the quantum computer architecture lab, we work on the mapping of quantum circuits for current Qutech-Intel chips as well as for future larger quantum devices.

The successful candidate will optimize existing mapping models for current quantum chips and will develop scalable solutions for large-scale quantum chips that may include quantum error correction.

This position is part of the QuTech-Intel project on quantum computing. The candidate will collaborate with PhD/ master students working on related quantum topics.

We are looking for a candidate who meets the following requirements:

• MsC in computer engineering, electrical engineering, computer science or physics;
• Background in quantum computing, including quantum error correction, is desirable but not necessary;

• A strong experience in programming;
• Highly motivated and enthusiastic;
• Good communination skills and able to work in a team;
• Fluent in spoken and written English;

Information and application
For more information about this position please contact Dr. Carmen G. Almudever at

To apply, please email your letter of application, CV and contact details of two referees to CarmenG. Almudever. The application deadline is May 31 but later applications can be considered until the postion is filled.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.