Postdoc position available: QI for QM

The successful applicant will become a member of the QuSoft research community. The fellow is expected to become the driving force behind a new research effort that will explore the application of concepts from quantum information theory to the experimental investigation of highly entangled states appearing in strongly correlated electron systems. He or she is expected to benefit from close collaborations with researchers from a variety of disciplines (computational physics, mathematics and information science).

Scientific background

One of the most exciting insights that came with the advent of quantum computing is the notion that many-body electronic states in solids, bear a resemblance to the highly entangled quantum states of multi-qubit systems. This insight opened the door for the condensed matter community to adapt some of the concepts and language developed in the context of Quantum Information science. Mostly this cross-fertilization has led to new mathematical tools that enable progress in the study of correlated electron systems. Apart from a few isolated examples, what is missing are examples of practical implications of these ideas in a 'solid matter' realization. One example of such a new concept, waiting for transfer, is the discovery of a connection between the quantum Fisher information and the dynamic susceptibility (imaginary part of a thermal response function). The latter is experimentally readily accessible and thus provides a new tool to assess entanglement in many-body states. The quantum Fisher information is expected to become universal near quantum phase transitions, signaling a divergent multi-partite entanglement [1].


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To enable us to process your application immediately, please quote vacancy number 16-411 and the position you are applying for in the subject-line.

Applications must include (in a single PDF attachment):

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a motivation letter that explains why you have chosen to apply for this specific position with a statement of your research experience and interests and how these relate to this project;
  • a list of publications;
  • title and summary of your PhD thesis;
  • (URLs pointing to) your top two publications.

Applications will be processed on a rolling basis, the position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified. Formal closing date is 29 October 2016, to be extended if no suitable candidate has been found.

[1] Hauke, P., Heyl, M., Tagliacozzo, L. & Zoller, P. Measuring multipartite entanglement through dynamic susceptibilities. Nature Phys., DOI: 10.1038/NPHYS3700 (2016)

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