PhD Positions on “The logic of composite quantum systems” at Nijmegen

The above research project, jointly led by the undersigned, has been approved for funding by the Dutch Research Organization (NWO) in its TOP-GO Programme. This project involves areas like category theory (especially topos theory and tensor categories), quantum logic, quantum computation, C*-algebras, and compositional reasoning. It has, very roughly, been split into three subprojects on modularity in quantum computation, the construction of toposes with a nontrivial tensor structure, and the development of the internal logic of ‘tensor toposes’.

Candidates with a (prospective) M.Sc degree in mathematics, computer science, or theoretical physics (the latter two with a strong mathematical component), or an equivalent thereof (such as the Cambridge Part III Certificate, etc.), preferably those already familiar with one or more of the areas just mentioned (and interested in the others), are encouraged to apply to one or more of us. Please include a CV, a list of courses and grades at the master’s level, a (draft) M.Sc thesis if available, and the names and email addresses of at least two scientific referees.

A suitable starting date would be September 1, 2011, but this is flexible. The appointment will be for 4 years, of which the first year is a trial period. Such PhD trajectories in the Netherlands are paid positions: the gross salary for PhD students in the Netherlands is currently 2042, 2379, 2492, 2612 euro per month in year 1, 2, 3, 4, respectively, from which 42% tax and insurance costs will be deducted. There will be a teaching duty of approximately 0,2 fte, typically spent supervising exercise classes and correcting students’ homework.

We are looking forward to hearing from you before March 1, 2011. Females are especially encouraged to apply.

Bart Jacobs (Radboud University Nijmegen),
Klaas Landsman (Radboud University Nijmegen),
Ieke Moerdijk (Utrecht University),

Prof.dr. N.P. Landsman
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Chair of Mathematical Physics
Heyendaalseweg 135

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