PhD position on simulation of large repeater networks


The Quantum Internet Alliance (QIA) is a consortium funded by the Quantum Flagship Programme. The consortium consists of twelve universities from eight European countries, in close cooperation with over twenty companies and institutes. The aim of QIA is to the develop a blueprint for a future quantum internet. In particular, QIA will establish the first multi-node quantum processor networks, lay the groundwork for quantum repeaters to allow quantum bits to travel long distances, and develop the first software and network stack for allowing scalable control and software development over a Quantum Internet useful.

Your goal within QIA will be to optimize via simulation 1) network layouts, e.g. where to position repeater stations, and 2) protocols to enable long-distance quantum communication. This is a highly non-trivial task due to the quantum nature of the network and the probabilistic processes involved in entanglement distribution. To achieve this goal you will use our quantum network simulator NetSquid and have access to the Dutch supercomputing facilities from SURFsara.


You will join the research groups of David Elkouss and Stephanie Wehner in QuTech, a research institute in Delft, the Netherlands. Additionally, you will also work in close collaboration with the rest of the members of QIA.


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 software engineering are a plus.

If you don’t have yet a master’s degree, we encourage you to apply to our new scholarship for master’s students. (Deadline December 1st)


To apply fill the application here. Please, prepare the following application materials and join them in a single pdf file:

  • CV
  • A letter telling us why you want to simulate quantum networks
  • 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 April 25th 2019.