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We are looking for PhDs, post-docs, and administrative staff working in various fields connected to ML4Q, check this page regularly for new job announcements.

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Early-career support

Attracting and retaining the best young talent in the field by offering competitive career opportunities is a top priority for ML4Q.

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Equal-opportunity support

We aim to provide an open, international, and diverse research environment.

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Open positions within ML4Q are listed here (this page is updated regularly). Since most research group within ML4Q hire PhDs and post-docs individually, it might be advisable for potential candidates to contact suitable ML4Q members directly. Please note that there are no cluster-wide application deadlines for positions within ML4Q.

Scholarships for the Quantum Technology Master Track @ RWTH Aachen

Within the framework of ML4Q, RWTH Aachen University awards full two-year scholarships for their Quantum Technology Master Track to two outstanding students every year. In addition to the coursework of the regular MSc program, scholarship recipients participate in a part-time internship program in one of the associated groups. More information on the Quantum Technology Master Track and the Scholarship program can be found here.

The application deadline for the RWTH Quantum Technology Scholarship for the academic year 2023-25 is the 15th of February, 2023.
Exploring Majorana modes in van der Waals heterostructures - PhD project (Hassler group, RWTH Aachen)

There is a PhD opening in the group of Fabian Hassler on “Exploring Majorana modes in van der Waals heterostructures”. The scientific project will involve the theoretical study of tailored van der Waals heterostructures with very low intrinsic disorder potential in proximity of superconductors. A close collaboration with the experimental groups of Erwann Bocquillon, Markus Morgenstern, and/or Christoph Stampfer is envisioned. The Hassler group is looking to a highly motivated researcher that has recently finished his/her master’s studies. The successful candidate will work at the Institute for Quantum Information (IQI) at RWTH Aachen. The position is embedded into the cluster of excellence ML4Q

The application should be sent to Applications should include a cover letter, a CV, and a copy of the Master thesis. The screening of the applications will continue until the position is filled. The preferred starting date is April 2023 but remains flexible.

Postdoc and PhD positions in Quantum Information Processing (Berta group, RWTH Aachen)

The newly funded quantum information theory group led by Prof. Mario Berta is seeking several postdoc (2-5 years each) and PhD positions (3-4 years each) in Quantum Information Processing at RWTH Aachen University.

The postdoc (E13) and PhD positions (E13 3/4) are envisioned to conduct research on the mathematical aspects of quantum information processing. The research focuses on:

  • Quantum Shannon Theory / Quantum Statistics
  • Theory of Quantum Algorithms
  • Theoretical Quantum Cryptography

We seek candidates that have experience in quantum information processing and have a background in either mathematical physics, theoretical computer science, or applied mathematics, as well as a strong academic record, commitment, and motivation. Mathematical techniques applied within the formalism of quantum mechanics include linear algebra, matrix analysis, operator algebra theory, and analytical aspects of optimisation theory. Candidates with strong numerical skills will also be considered. More information on the research activities can be found at (to be updated from Imperial College to RWTH Aachen University soon)

We receive funding from the European Research Council and the Cluster of Excellence ML4Q. Successful applicants are expected to actively engage in local and international collaborations and activities. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, publication list, a brief research statement, a copy of the PhD / Master thesis, transcripts, and two recommendation letters. Applications and enquiries shall be sent to . Review of applications will begin in December and continue until the positions are filled. Positions can start as soon as possible.

PhD positions in experimental quantum optics (Schmitt group, Bonn)

The Quantum Fluids of Light group led by Julian Schmitt at the Institute for Applied Physics, University of Bonn (Germany) is inviting applications for 2 PhD positions in experimental quantum optics. The positions are funded within an ERC Starting Grant (TopoGrand). The successful candidates will collaborate with national and international partners. For more information view the detailed job description.

PhD positions in modeling superconducting qubits (Catelani group, Jülich)

The Catelani group at the JARA Institute for Quantum Information (PGI-11) is inviting applications for 2 PhD positions to work on modeling superconducting qubits and circuits, in particular to understand and mitigate error sources. The positions involve collaborations with partners in larger projects, in theory and/or experiment, and are funded for 3 to 4 years.

A master or equivalent degree in physics (or related fields) and proficiency in English are required. Applications should include a CV, a short letter of motivation, and name and email of two possible referees. Review of applications starts immediately, but there is some flexibility in the starting date.

PhD and postdoc position in quantum information theory (Gross group, Cologne)

The Gross group at the University of Cologne is inviting applicants for a PhD and for a postdoctoral position in quantum information theory. The successful candidates will work on current topics in quantum computing, specifically on the design of quantum algorithms and on the certification of quantum computers, details can be found on the group website.

PhD position in zinc optical clocks at the University of Bonn (Stellmer group)

A PhD position (f/m/d) is available in the Quantum Metrology research group at the University of Bonn. View the full job description for more details.


Bachelor, Master, PhD positions in the Ando group (Cologne)

Early-career support

We aim to provide attractive and internationally competitive career opportunities for young researchers. Measures include:

  • Undergraduate Funds to give students the opportunity to be involved in research groups and labs early on.
  • Independence Grants to further increase the academic career prospects of ML4Q post-docs by supporting them in developing an independent research profile.
  • New professorships within ML4Q will be implemented as tenure-track professorships.
  • The ML4Q Research School will implement an attractive course program for Master and PhD students.

More information can be found on the internal website (accessible for ML4Q-affiliated persons only).

Equal-opportunity support

We aim to provide a diverse and family-friendly research environment. We take strong measures to hire and promote female researchers. Measures include:

  • Incentives for hiring female post-docs will help us increase the fraction of female researchers in particular in the crucial post-doc phase.
  • We offer child care support and assistance for parental leave or care for dependents.
  • Our Code of Conduct helps provide a work environment where everybody feels welcome and respected.
  • ML4Q Diversity Stewards serve as a low-threshold point of contact for those affected by discrimination in all areas (including on the basis of skin color, ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation). Please feel free to contact them in situations like:
    • You have been discriminated against and need support.

    • You want to report a case of discrimination.

    • You are looking for an exchange in a safe environment in order to be clear about how you should deal with a stressful situation you have experienced.

Please select a cluster site to display the contact information of the ML4Q Diversity Steward.

Corinne Steiner
Tel.: +49 241 80 27088

Tina Naggert
Tel.: +49 (0)228 73 3477

Department of Physics Ombudspersons
Please visit:
Antidiscrimination Homepage

Martina von der Ahe
Tel.: +49 2461 61-4433

More information can be found on the internal website (accessible for ML4Q-affiliated persons only); in case you have any questions, feel free to contact the ML4Q Central Office.