2020-02970 - Post-Doctoral Research Visit F/M Developing quantum or quantum-inspired simulation algorithms based on quantum walks

Contract type : Fixed-term contract

Renewable contract : Oui

Level of qualifications required : PhD or equivalent

Fonction : Post-Doctoral Research Visit


This position is opened in the framework of the Inria-Microsoft lab and the work will be in collaboration with Microsoft Research. The candidate will be selected jointly by Inria and Microsoft.

This is an academic research position and the main work will be carried out at Inria Paris. The candidate is however expected to take the opportunity to have extensive visits at Microsoft labs (Paris and US).

The inria-Microsoft partnership is regularly extended, and in this context the position would typically be extended too, or a new call would be opened.


Le but de cette recherche est d'établir une connection entre l'étude d'algorithmes basés sur les marches quantiques aléatoires sur les graphes, et des applications en simulation quantique (chimie quantique, simulation MonteCarlo quantique).

Pour plus d'informations sur ce sujet:
Voir les travaux de Simon Apers (Quantum Walks) et de Matthias Troyer (simulation quantique).

La personne recrutée travaillera avec Alain Sarlette chez Inria-QUANTIC, ainsi qu'éventuellement d'autres chercheurs intéressés dans les équipes d'Inria-Paris. Du côté de Microsoft Research, les contacts seront Vivien Londe et Matthias Troyer, entre autres. Une collaboration avec des experts en optimisation classique (Lehigh University) fait également partie des possibilités.

Cette collaboration lance un nouveau thème de recherche, à la frontière de l'expertise de l'équipe QUANTIC. Ainsi, le/la candidat(e) sera en grande partie responsable lui/elle-même de la gestion de ce projet de recherche. (La partie financière sera assurée par l'équipe, et la recherche éventuelle de financements supplémentaires sera fortement encadrée par l'équipe.)

Main activities

The main activities would include:

    taking part in proposing concrete research directions within the research topic
    carrying out this research on your own (no PhD student coaching involved, at the moment)
    presenting the results (conferences, journals, internally to the groups)
    participating in the activities and discussions of the research team (see topics on web page)
    if intereseted, developing an integrated software solution (e.g. in qutip or in some of the software and compiler solutions that are emerging for quantum algorithms)


Technical skills and level required :  quantum algorithms (PhD);  general quantum mechanics (sufficient level to discuss with researchers in quantum control, quantum error correction, and quantum simulation applications)

Languages : English


Benefits package

  • Subsidized meals
  • Partial reimbursement of public transport costs
  • Leave: 7 weeks of annual leave + 10 extra days off due to RTT (statutory reduction in working hours) + possibility of exceptional leave (sick children, moving home, etc.)
  • Possibility of teleworking (after 6 months of employment) and flexible organization of working hours
  • Professional equipment available (videoconferencing, loan of computer equipment, etc.)
  • Social, cultural and sports events and activities
  • Access to vocational training