Postdoctoral Fellow in Quantum Communication

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 10 Oct 2022

Ref. No. SU FV-3464-22

at the Department of Physics . Closing date: 10 October 2022.

The Department of Physics is one of the biggest departments within the Faculty of Science and supports a broad range of basic research in experimental and theoretical physics. It has about 250 employees, of which 95 are PhD students. Many have been internationally recruited.

The Department of Physics is part of the AlbaNova University Center, which is a strong research center, and which, in addition to the Department of Physics, also houses the Department of Astronomy, the physics departments at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, Nordita.

Project description
The interdisciplinary field of quantum information processing and communication connects quantum mechanics/optics/electronics with classical information theory to achieve tasks in information and communication that are impossible with classical methods. This fusion has led to new concepts such as the qubit, quantum teleportation, quantum cryptography, and quantum computing.

Quantum information has also revitalized the discussions about the foundations of quantum theory. The field is currently very active and is driving for progress in both physics and computer science, information technology. The research objectives of our group include experimental preparation and characterization of multipartite entanglement and tests on the foundations of quantum mechanics, such as the locality and the contextually.

In quantum communication, the objectives are the implementations of quantum key distribution, quantum random number generation, secure quantum multiparty communication, and qubit and entanglement assisted communication protocols.

The aim of this project is to develop security tools for quantum cryptography protocols and communication system solutions. The practical security of quantum systems verification will be guaranteed by successive iterations of security loophole demonstrations and countermeasure implementations.

This project is part of the Wallenberg Centre for Quantum Technology (WACQT), a 12-year, billion-SEK initiative started in 2018 with the purpose of advancing Swedish academia and industry to the forefront of quantum technology.

Main responsibilities
The postdoc will be working with programming, data analysis, benchmarking, and modelling, as well as application of the developed methods to secure quantum communication project.

Qualification requirements
Postdoctoral positions are appointed primarily for purposes of research. Applicants are expected to hold a Swedish doctoral degree or an equivalent degree from another country.

Assessment criteria
The degree must have been completed at latest before the employment decision is made, but no more than three years before the closing date. An older degree may be acceptable under special circumstances. Special reasons refer to sick leave, parental leave, elected positions in trade unions, service in the total defense, or other similar circumstances as well as clinical attachment or service/assignments relevant to the subject area.

The successful candidate should be highly motivated and should have a Ph.D. in physics and computer science or related field, and a strong background in cryptography and IT security. Experience with quantum communication is important. Excellent skills in computer programming (primarily C++, Python), computer networks, and knowledge of IT security tools are necessary merits.

We value a collaborative attitude and an interest in working both independently and togheter in a team, sharing best practices and assuming responsibility. Self-motivation, attention to detail, and a problem-solving analytical ability are important personal qualities for this position.

Terms of employment
The position involves full-time employment for a minimum of two years and a maximum of three years, with the possibility of extension under special circumstances. Start date as per agreement.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

Further information about the position can be obtained from Professor Mohamed Bourennane, telephone +46 8 553 787 36, .

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, , Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, , and (SEKO).

Apply for the position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references
    Important: Your academic referees should send us recommendation letters via email to:  and state in the subject line: SU FV-3464-22 + name of the applicant.

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of publications
  • Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
    – what makes you suitable for the project in question
  • Copy of PhD diploma
  • Publications in support of your application (no more than 3 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position .

You are welcome to apply!

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