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Postdoc in quantum algorithms and/or post-quantum cryptography

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14 april 2022 Vacature gesloten

Postdoc in Quantum Algorithms or Post-Quantum Cryptography

The Mathematical Institute of the Faculty of Science, Leiden University, is looking for a postdoc in quantum algorithms and/or post-quantum cryptography.

Vacancy number: 22-108


The Mathematical Institute of Leiden University invites applicants for a postdoc position in the research theme “Cryptography and Quantum Information” within the Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory group. This position is embedded in the Quantum Software Consortium, a multidisciplinary collaboration between research groups in Leiden, Amsterdam and Delft. The position comes with some light teaching duties.


  • A Ph.D. degree in mathematics or computer science;
  • A strong background in quantum algorithms and/or post-quantum cryptography;
  • English communication and writing skills.


Research at our faculty

The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organised in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor’s and twelve master’s programmes. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2,300 staff and almost 5,000 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.

Mathematical Institute

The Mathematical Institute is one of the eight institutes within the Faculty of Science. It is responsible for the research and education in mathematics and statistics at Leiden University. The institute has a strong international orientation. Its mission is to perform high quality research at the frontiers of mathematical knowledge, and to educate future generations of mathematicians and statisticians in a friendly but challenging environment.

The expertise of the members of the institute covers a broad range of topics, with a focus on Algebra, Geometry and Number Theory; Analysis and Dynamical Systems; and Stochastics. Research is focused both on fundamental mathematics and statistics and on applications in other sciences, society and industry. The institute offers educational programmes in pure and applied mathematics and in statistics. It also offers many courses in mathematics and statistics for other academic programmes.

For more information, see
Mathematical Institute - Leiden University (universiteitleiden.nl); 

Faculty of Science - Leiden University (universiteitleiden.nl)

Learn more about us as an employer - Working at Leiden University - Leiden University (universiteitleiden.nl) 


We offer a full-time appointment of initially one year, with an extension after a positive evaluation of the progress of the research, personal capabilities and compatibility. The appointment will be extended for another year (salary range from € 3.282,-  to € 4.490,-  gross per month; pay scale 10) 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. 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.


Starting date

From 1 September 2022, flexible.


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


Enquiries can be made to Dr. Peter Bruin, email p.j.bruin@math.leidenuniv.nl.


To apply for this vacancy, please send your cover letter, curriculum vitae and research statement via the ‘apply’ button below. Applications should also include two references (with e-mail addresses).

Application deadline: 14 April 2022

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