PhD in Quantum Secure Communications and Networking

Updated: 14 days ago
Deadline: 15 Jan 2023

Do you want to pursue a PhD in Quantum Communications in one of the leading Quantum hubs in Europe?

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Job description

Quantum Delta Eindhoven hub and Eindhoven Testbed for Quantum Secure Communications
Quantum Delta NL is public-private foundation, launched in 2020 with the mandate to coordinate and execute the Netherland’s National Agenda for Quantum Technology (NAQT). Recently Quantum Delta NL has been awarded €615 million from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy to power the advancement of quantum technology. TU/e hosts one of the five Quantum Delta NL major quantum hubs, collaborating on innovation by bringing together top-quality scientists, engineers, students, and entrepreneurs, working together on the frontier of quantum technology.

The Eindhoven Quantum hub includes the creation of a field-deployed quantum safe communications testbed and the creation of local infrastructure for the evaluation of quantum key distribution (QKD), its integration with classical communication networks and relevant use-cases. The testbed forms an integral part of the efforts of Quantum Delta and the Center for Quantum Materials and Technology Eindhoven and aims to become a testing facility and proving ground for quantum communications technology open to scientific and commercial partners form all over Europe and around the globe.

TU/e is a leading international university of technology specializing in Engineering Science & Technology. Through excellent research and teaching, we contribute to progress in the technical sciences, to the development of technological innovations, and as a result to the growth of prosperity and welfare in the region and beyond. TU/e maintains close links with industry, healthcare, and the building & logistics sectors.

Job description & Research

This vacancy is for a PhD position in Quantum Secure Communications and Networking. The objective of this project is to design and evaluate network architectures for quantum secure communications and to develop the necessary criteria and routines to establish quantum secure communication links. The research may include adjacent topics such as the required authentication and establishment and propagation of trust for QKD-based networks, the integration between classical and quantum communications and the evaluation of key use-cases for QKD.

You will have the opportunity to work with the latest in telecommunications and quantum key distribution technology – with both commercial devices and the novel components and system developed at TU/e – and will be in the unique position to contribute to one of the most advanced QKD deployments and testbeds in Europe and to partake in the demonstration of different use-cases for quantum safe communications.

You will join the Quantum and Terahertz systems team of the Electro-Optical Communications group at the Department of Electrical Engineering. The research in this PhD is expected to be carried out in close collaboration with the growing team focused on Quantum Key Distribution and Quantum Secure Communications at TU/e and is expected to contain both theoretical and modelling aspects as well as experimental evaluation. You will closely collaborate with the design and operations team of the Eindhoven Testbed for Quantum Secure Communications and will be expected to contribute to the testbed’s installation and expansion as well as future upgrades.

Job requirements

We see a talented, motivated, and enthusiastic researcher. Analytical skills, initiative and creativity are highly desired.

The successful candidate shall have/be:

  • A Master of Science degree (or equivalent) in Telecommunications, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science with an excellent academic record
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • An intrinsic motivation of scientific research and the pursuit of knowledge
  • Experience and a strong background in one or multiple of the following subjects:
    • Telecommunication networks, especially optical communications
    • Quantum key distribution and quantum secure communications
    • Network architectures, management and control
    • Classical and quantum cybersecurity systems
    • Preparation of scientific telecommunication test setups, installation of communication networks and their operation
  • Desire and affinity to work in an academic research lab with PhDs, Postdocs and MSc students

Conditions of employment

A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:

  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self-aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process .
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.

Information and application

About us
Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 

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  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.

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