Asian Quantum Information Science Conference

16th Asian Quantum Information Science Conference (AQIS 2016)
August 28-September 2, 2016 at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan
– Tutorials: August 28
– Main Conference: August 29-September 2
– Satellite Workshop on continuous-variable QIP: September 3-4

Important Dates [all 23:59 Anywhere on Earth (AoE) in 2016]:
– Submission deadline: June 8
– Acceptance notification: July 7
– Final manuscript deadline: July 22
– Early Registration deadline: July 30

We would like to draw your attention, and that of the quantum information community, to the 16th edition of the Asian Quantum Information Science Conference (AQIS 2016).

AQIS 2016 will be the 16th conference in a series that includes EQIS 2001-05 and AQIS 2006-15. The conference will consist of invited talks, selected oral and poster presentations, tutorials, and other activities. Contributions are solicited in (but not limited to) the following areas:

* Quantum computation, algorithms, and complexity
* Quantum information theory
* Techniques for suppressing decoherence
* Quantum cryptography
* Quantum communication experiments and theory
* Implementations of quantum information processing
* Quantum processor and computer design

The submission deadline is June 8, 2016, 23:59 Anywhere on Earth (AoE).
All submissions must follow the guidelines specified on the conference website:
Further conference details can be found at that site, which will be updated regularly.

Please note that AQIS does not have published proceedings, so authors are welcome to submit work that has been previously published, and acceptance at AQIS will not impact the ability to publish work in other venues.

Invited speakers at AQIS 2016 include:
* Andris Ambainis (University of Latvia)
* Antonio Córcoles (IBM)
* Andrew Dzurak (UNSW)
* Osamu Hirota (Tamagawa University)
* Krister Shalm (NIST)
* Yaoyun Shi (University of Michigan)
* Barbara Terhal (RWTH Aachen)
* Beni Yoshida (Perimeter)

We are looking forward to seeing you in Taipei!

Committee Chairs
Steering Committee: Hiroshi Imai (Tokyo University)
Organizing Committee: Ray-Kuang Lee (NTHU, Taiwan)
Program Committee: Andrew Childs (Maryland), Jiangfeng Du (USTC), Min-Hsiu Hsieh (UTS)


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Postdoc or Research Assistant Professor position at Seoul National University

The Center for Macroscopic Quantum Control ( and Department of Physics and Astronomy ( at Seoul National University invite applications for a postdoctoral/senior research fellow or research assistant professor position in theoretical photonic quantum information processing. The successful applicant will perform theoretical research on all-optical quantum computing, communication, simulation, metrology, generation of non-classical states of light, and/or related topics. An ideal candidate would possess a strong background and research experiences in theoretical quantum optics, quantum information theory, linear-optics quantum computation and/or photonic quantum communication with a Ph.D. degree. He/she is also expected to closely collaborate with experimental group(s).

The appointment will be for three years. The level of appointment and salary are commensurate with qualifications and experience. On-campus accommodations with reasonable rates are available for non-Korean researchers working in Seoul National University. Health and safety insurance and severance pay will be supported according to university regulations and employment laws. Full financial support for attending up to two international conferences every year and a new laptop and monitor (or a desktop PC up to the candidate’s preference) will be provided during the employment period.

Review of applications will begin on 1 May 2016, and the position will remain open until it is filled. Short-listed candidates will be contacted within 2 weeks from their application dates (but after 1 May 2016). The position will be immediately available once the offer is made for the successful candidate while the starting date is negotiable.

Interested candidates should email (i) a CV including a full list of publications and (ii) contact details of three referees, together with (iii) a statement on their research experiences, interests and plans (within 4 pages) to: . Further questions regarding this position should be directed to: Prof. Hyunseok Jeong at .

Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

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QI Phd Positions at U. Bergen

2 Research Fellows (PhD candidates) in Informatics/Computer Science, Department of Informatics, University of Bergen, Norway.

These positions are advertised across specialisations, and include the following possible research topics:

1. Quantum information Theory.
2. Quantum neural networks and quantum learning algorithms.
3. Quantum computation in the context of classical message-passing on graphs and quantum graph states.
4. Graph theoretic measures applied to quantum information processing, contextuality and generalised physical theories, and to quantum information capacities.
5. Quantum contextuality, quantum entanglement, Bell inequalities and related topics.

For more details as to how to apply see:

For quantum topics please mention in your application that you would like to work with Professor Matthew G. Parker:

In this regard, please feel free to contact Prof. Parker, e-mail: 

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Faculty Position at University College London

Dear colleagues,

The Department of Computer Science at University College London is
seeking to recruit a new faculty member at Lecturer level who can
contribute to research in one of the following areas: Autonomous Systems;
Computer Vision; Information Retrieval; Natural Language Processing; or
Quantum Computation. Notwithstanding this, truly exceptional candidates
from any area of Computer Science are also encouraged to apply. Our
department is a highly collaborative environment, and we seek future
colleagues who enjoy working collaboratively within the department, and
UCL overall.

Details about UCL CS, the post, and how to apply may be found at:

Closing Date: 3 Mar 2016

Best wishes,
Toby Cubitt and Simone Severini

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Postdoc Positions at University of Innsbruck

In the Quantum Optics & Spectroscopy Group (, in Innsbruck Austria, postdoc and/or PhD positions are available to work on three new trapped-ion projects. Details about the projects and the available positions are described below.

Interested applicants should send an email to , with a curriculum vitae and a concise motivation for  joining our group. Please also provide the names and contact details of three people who would be willing to provide scientific references for you.

We expect strong motivation and commitment to research. Postdoc applicants should have proven research experience in experimental AMO physics or experimental quantum information science and have completed a PhD before starting a position with us.

Project 1: Scalable ion-trap quantum network (SciNet)

In this project we aim to develop a three-node matter-based quantum network, distributed over the University of Innsbruck campus. Each node will be a trapped-ion system containing strings of atomic ions and an integrated optical cavity. A core project goal is for the ions in each node to interact and become entangled via the transmission of photons through an optical fiber network. The SciNet project is led by Dr. Ben Lanyon and Dr. Tracy Northup, within the group of Prof. Rainer Blatt. The project is part of an international collaboration led by the group in Innsbruck. A webpage is currently under development.

Positions. A postdoc position is available to work in a new team led by Dr. Lanyon at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, in Innsbruck (see here). The postdoc will take a leading role in the development and implementation of techniques for distributing entanglement between remote quantum matter (atomic ions). In particular, the postdoc will first help to develop a new ion-trap system with an integrated optical cavity, capable of producing on-demand single photons that are entangled with one or many ionic qubits. Next, the postdoc will drive experiments to entangle ions in the new system with ions in a building 400 m away and teleport quantum states between the buildings. In parallel, methods to extend the network distance to hundreds of kilometers will be explored, supported by collaborators in Stanford.

Postdoc and PhD positions are available in the cavity-QED team led by Dr. Northup at the University of Innsbruck (see here) . In current experiments on two ion-cavity systems, we are (1) developing new tools for an ion-photon quantum interface and (2) using a fiber-based cavity to extend this interface to the strong coupling regime.  The researcher will focus on linking both projects, with the goal of establishing and quantifying remote entanglement between the two nodes.  New approaches — both heralded and deterministic — will be explored in close collaboration with theoretical colleagues in Innsbruck and Basel.

Project 2: Scalable quantum logic

This project is centered around the realization of beneficial quantum error-correction and medium-scale algorithms in an ion-trap quantum information processor. We want to engineer a logical qubit that outperforms its constituting physical qubits. This research is conducted on a state of the art cryogenic ion trapping system (see here) as well as in a well-established experiment based on a macroscopic trap (see here). The project is part of an international collaboration led by the group in Innsbruck.

Positions. Two postdoc positions are available in the quantum information processing team in Innsbruck (SQIP and LinTrap). One position will focus on exploring the realm of medium sized many-body quantum systems. An emphasis is laid on the implementation of paradigmatic quantum algorithms and methods to validate and verify medium to large-scale quantum systems. The second position will concentrate on aggressive development of new tools and methods towards a scalable and fault tolerant quantum information processor.

Project 3:  A photonic quantum adapter for trapped ions (PhiNet)

This project is focused on exploring a way to interface light with the quantum states of trapped atomic ions. The approach is to exploit a nonlinear optical process to change the frequency of single photons emitted by trapped ions, from their natural values to those that are optimal for quantum networking. This frequency-shifter could act as a universal adapter for distributing the quantum states of trapped ions, between remote traps and other types of quantum matter. This project is funded by the 2015 Austrian START award and will be carried out by a team led by Dr. Ben Lanyon at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, in Innsbruck. More information about this project can be found here and here.

Position. A postdoc position is available in the team working on this project. The researcher will focus on driving experiments that aim to observe entanglement between an ion and a frequency-converted telecom wavelength photon. The work will be at the interface of experimental quantum information science with light and with matter. The postdoc will have the opportunity to contribute to proposals for new ion-hybrid quantum systems, linked with frequency-converted photons and work with our collaborators in Stanford.

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Internships at Microsoft Research

 The Quantum Architectures and Computation Group (QuArC) at Microsoft Research is seeking exceptional graduate students for Spring/Summer 2016 internships. 

Are you excited to conduct research in a collaborative, cutting-edge, industry environment?  Are you passionate about quantum computation and eager to challenge yourself in new directions?  Then we want to hear from you!

Each intern selected will be paired with a member of the QuArC team to work on a research project with the aim of achieving substantial, novel results (suitable for publication) by the end of the summer.  Possible topics range from quantum algorithms, to quantum error correction and noise modeling, to quantum circuit design, and more. Internships last 12-weeks at Microsoft headquarters outside of beautiful Seattle, WA.  Perks include full salary, housing, subsidized transportation, surprise Microsoft gifts, and more.

Positions are available beginning in the summer/fall of 2016. We are seeking candidates with a strong background in areas such as quantum algorithms, quantum error correction, quantum computation, and/or quantum circuit design and optimization.

For more details on Microsoft Research Internships click here:

For more information on QuArC, visit

Questions: contact ksvore AT microsoft DOT com

Application deadline: January 31, 2016

In order to be considered, please apply and upload your application materials online at:

In the online application, click on the following choices:

  • Position interested in:  Internship
  • Location: Redmond, WA, USA
  • Research Areas of Interest: Quantum Computing
  • Microsoft Research Contact: Svore, Krysta

Application materials should include:

  • Current CV
  • Letters of reference will be directly requested from your referees by the application tool. (A minimum of 2 references required)

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the workforce.

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Postdoc positions with Andris Ambainis

Postdoc positions in quantum algorithms and theory of quantum computing
Applications are invited for postdoctoral positions in the group of Andris Ambainis at the Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia. Our research group is interested in the following research topics:
– quantum algorithms and complexity theory;
– quantum communication, quantum information theory and cryptography;
– connections between quantum computing and classical computer science (using ideas from quantum information to solve classical problems);
– using ideas from quantum information to study physical systems.
More information about our group can be found at:
We are looking for candidates with an interest in one or more of these topics. Candidates can be:
– quantum information/quantum computing theorists interested in the topics above or
– classical computer scientists interested in exploring the connections between classical and quantum computer science;
Applicants should send their CV (including contact data of possible references) to Andris Ambainis (). Applications received by January 30, 2016 will receive full consideration; late applications will be considered until the positions are filled. The appointment will be for a period of 2 or 3 years.
The positions will be funded by an Advanced Grant from European Research Council (ERC, Europe’s organization for funding top-level scientists).
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Fault-Tolerant Quantum Technologies Workshop

14th-27th August 2016, Benasque, Spain.
A two week conference on Fault-Tolerant Quantum Technologies held at the Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual in Benasque, Spain.  The workshop will host a small number of morning talks reporting the latest advances while providing ample free time for researchers to exchange ideas and strike up new collaborations. 
Invited speakers include (alphabetically):
– Hector Bombin (Copenhagen, Denmark)
– Sergey Bravyi (IBM, USA) 
– Steve Flammia (Sydney, Australia) TBC
– Jay Gambetta (IBM, USA) 
– Krysta Svore (Microsoft, USA) 
– Barbara Terhal (Aachen, Germany) 
The programme will consist of a limited number of contributed talks. These talks are intended to guide discussions and interactions, with most of the meeting being unscheduled and reserved for collaboration.
Register at  before 14th April 2016 to get early bird discount.
For general enquiries contact:  
Conference poster for download:
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PhD positions in theoretical quantum computing at the University of Oregon

Prof. Xiaodi Wu in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Oregon is seeking motivated Phd students in the area of quantum information and computation.
Prof. Wu’s current research focus includes quantum computational complexity, Hamiltonian complexity, as well as quantum cryptography. More information about his research can be found at

Preferred qualifications for this position
• Background in quantum mechanics and/or quantum computation.
• Background in theory of computation and/or cryptography.

Start Date:
The anticipated start date is September 2016 with some flexibility.

Applications are currently being reviewed. For full consideration, please submit your application by Jan 15th, 2016. Please see for further instructions.

Please contact Prof. Wu at  for more information and to apply.

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Research Associate/Fellow in Quantum Information Theory, University of Sydney

School of Physics,
Faculty of Science
Reference no. 2159/1015

  • Research focused in quantum information theory and/or quantum many-body physics
  • Fixed term for two years (remuneration package: $100k-135k p.a. which includes leave loading and up to 17% super)

The University of Sydney is Australia’s first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7500 permanent staff, supporting over 52,000 students.

Applications are invited for the appointment to the position at Research Associate level/ Research Fellow level in Quantum Information Theory at the Quantum Physics Research Group, School of Physics. Our theory group leads core research projects in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS), and is a joint research collaboration between Professor Stephen BartlettAssociate Professor Andrew Doherty, and Dr Steven Flammia.

We require a postdoctoral theorist to undertake research in quantum information theory and/or quantum many-body physics, on topics that align with the research directions currently pursued by the theory group.

Selection criteria for Level A

Applicants for this position must satisfy the following essential criteria:

  • a PhD in Physics or a related discipline
  • demonstrated capacity to conduct theoretical research in quantum information theory or quantum many-body physics and work in a team environment
  • excellent oral and written communication skills.

Desirable criteria include:

  • a background in quantum information theory, quantum many-body physics or related areas
  • a track record of having conducted research independently
  • a background in quantum information theory as applied to quantum many body systems and spin lattices.

Selection criteria for Level B (In addition to essential criteria for level A)

  • a track record of having conducted research independently;

Desirable criteria include:

  • demonstrated capacity to co-supervise research students on projects in this area, with assistance and mentoring from senior academic staff
  • a track record of performing research in quantum information theory as applied to quantum many body systems and spin lattices.

The position is fixed term for two years, subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period for new appointees. Further offer of up to one year may be available subject to funding and performance.

The Quantum Physics Research Group supports a flexible working environment; subject to visa restrictions, this opportunity is available as either a full-time or part-time position

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