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PhD student Quantum Machine Learning

Vacancy number
Function type
PhD positions
Hours (in fte)
1,0 FTE
External/ internal
Internal, External
Placed on
11 September 2018
Closing date
01 October 2018

5 more days to apply

The Faculty of Science, Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science is looking for a PhD student Quantum Machine Learning (1 FTE)


Because of our strong interest in the area of Quantum Machine Learning, we are opening a PhD position in this novel and exciting discipline. We are looking for a highly motivated researcher to join our team. The successful candidate will have a chance to contribute to the development of the very exciting field of quantum machine learning, and in particular, to devise new quantum algorithms with emphasis on machine learning and artificial intelligence applications. During their studies, they will acquire expertise in the cutting edge of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and quantum computing. These skills are in very high demand in academia and are becoming increasingly sought after by high-tech companies.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conducting novel and creative research in the field of quantum machine learning, and quantum computing in general.

Selection criteria

  • Suitable degree (MSc) in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, AI/Machine Learning or other related science;
  • Creative and energetic thinking and a high degree of motivation;
  • Team spirit/collaboration attitude preferred;
  • Solid background in mathematics, theoretical computer science or quantum computing is advantageous.

Research at our faculty and institute

The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. Our people are driven by curiosity to expand fundamental knowledge and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline. The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is diverse, ranging from mathematics, artificial intelligence, computer science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

The Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) is the Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science Institute in the Faculty of Science of Leiden University. We offer courses at the Bachelor and Master of Science level in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, ICT in Business, Media Technology, and Bioinformatics. According to an independent research visitation, we are one of the foremost computer science departments of the Netherlands. We strive for excellence in a caring institute, where excellence, fun, and diversity go hand in hand. We offer a clear and inviting career path to young and talented scientists with the ambition to grow.

Terms and conditions

Salary ranges from € 2,266.- gross per month in the first year to € 2,897- gross per month in the fourth year based on a full-time position (pay scale P in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). 

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.


Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.


Enquiries can be made to Vedran Dunjko, email v.dunjko@liacs.leidenuniv.nl. If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact Marloes van der Nat, email m.van.der.nat@liacs.leidenuniv.nl, telephone +31 70 527 7061.


Written applications using the vacancy number and including should be submitted no later than 1 Oct 2018 via email v.dunjko@liacs.leidenuniv.nl or to:

Leiden University,
Faculty of Science / Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science,
Attn. Asst. Prof. dr. Vedran Dunjko

and include the vacancy number and following:

  • A full CV including a list of publications (if any);
  • Contacts of one supervisor which can be approached for references;
  • (Draft of) Master Thesis;
  • Statement of Purpose. (1 page, briefly describing your research experience, interests and plans)

Selected candidates will be invited for an interview (skype or in person).

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