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PhD position in Quantum Networks

Join our efforts in future quantum connections!


QuTech is a mission-driven research institute, run by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). Together, we work on a radically new technology with world-changing potential, developing scalable prototypes of a quantum computer and an intrinsically safe quantum internet.

QuTech is creating the quantum future. We believe that quantum technology can be a game changer in many social and economic sectors, including health, agriculture, climate and safety. To achieve our ambitious goals, we bring together scientists, engineers and industry in an inspiring environment – with plenty of space for ambition, entrepreneurship and innovation. QuTech’s research and engineering activities are conducted in three divisions: Quantum Computing, Quantum Internet and Qubit Research. Our divisions and support teams include 220 FTE and over 300 dedicated people, and we are happy to welcome new colleagues who share our vision and enthusiasm!

Job description

We invite applicants for a position as a PhD student in the group of Johannes Borregaard. The overall goal of the group is to bridge the gap between quantum hardware and software working in the intersection of physics and mathematics. One particular focus of the group is quantum networks in a broad sense and part of the PhD project will focus on the development of novel protocols and architectures for quantum networks involving both space and terrestrial segments.

As part of our team, you will also become part of Quantum Internet Division of QuTech (see below) and the Quantum Software Consortium which constitutes a large, vibrant and enthusiastic research community centered around quantum information and technology.


PhD applicants must have completed (or expect completion soon) of a master’s degree in physics or engineering or equivalent. Having carried out a Master’s project on a related topic is a plus.

We expect the successful applicants to have prior experience in one or more of the following topics:

  • Theoretical Quantum Optics and quantum mechanics
  • Quantum Information Theory
  • Quantum communication and quantum repeaters

Conditions of employment

This offer contains a temporary appointment for 4 years. The full-time salary is based on VSNU-CAO Scale P (starting salary 2.395,00 euro per month). Full-time means 38 working hours per week.TU Delft/QuTech offers a customizable compensation package, an attractive pension scheme, holiday allowance, a generous amount of holidays, a 13th month pay, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers our employees child care and an international primary school. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (VSNU-CAO). Dutch citizenship or a European working permit is required to apply.

TU Delft

Your contract will be with TU Delft. Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers both in business and in a social context. TU Delft offers 16 Bachelor’s and 32 Master’s programs to more than 23,000 students. Our scientific staff consists of 3,500 staff members and 2,800 PhD candidates. Together we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. Challenge. Change. Impact!

Quantum Internet Division

The Quantum Internet division seeks to develop technologies that enable quantum communication between any two places on earth. Several major new and potentially game-changing applications have already been identified for this radically new capability. One such application is a fundamentally secure means of communication, where privacy is guaranteed by the laws of physics. Quantum processors can also be connected into a quantum network, in order to assemble a large quantum computing cluster. Combining a quantum internet and a networked quantum computer allows remote users/providers to perform secure quantum computing ‘in the cloud’. The Quantum Internet Division maintains an integrated effort, spanning both quantum hardware and software at the cutting edge of research and development. Our team of 90 people works in close collaboration with QuTech’s Quantum Computing and Qubit Research divisions.

Additional information

For information about this vacancy you can contact Johannes Borregaard, email J.Borregaard@tudelft.nl.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Shannon de Groot, email: S.M.deGroot-Finch@tudelft.nl.

Application procedure

If you are interested in this vacancy, please apply via the application button and upload the following documents:

  • cover letter explaining the candidate’s background, qualifications, research interests and motivation for applying (max. 2 pages)
  • curriculum Vitae summarizing education, scientific publications (if any) and relevant experience
  • academic transcripts including copy of Bachelor and Master diploma. If the Master diploma has not been awarded yet, a statement from the supervisor regarding expected graduation should be enclosed
  • contact information of at least one reference – preferably including the supervisor of the Master project

Screening of the applications will begin on April 1st, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications submitted before April 1st will be given full consideration. The anticipated starting date is as soon as possible but flexible.

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