2 Postdoc positions in Qubits and Spacetime Unit

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Position summary

Two 3-year postdoc positions will become available in the new Qubits and Spacetime Unit led by Philipp Hoehn in Fall 2020. This unit will be established in the first half of 2020 and its research will lie broadly at the interface of quantum gravity, quantum information and foundations, focusing on general questions in an around quantum gravity. Current research interests include studying dynamics and observables in a diffeomorphism-invariant context, using quantum reference frames/systems to explore a quantum version of general covariance, the interplay of quantum correlations and spacetime geometry, entanglement in gauge systems, as well as the emergence of classicality from within quantum theory, especially in the presence of chaos. Candidates with an interest in any of these or related topics are encouraged to apply. The unit is expected to grow further in the coming years.

OIST currently harbors three further units in quantum gravity or related topics in mathematical physics, headed by Shinobu Hikami, Yasha Neiman and Reiko Toriumi. Furthermore, the institute regularly hosts international workshops, seminars and visitors in this area, providing for a stimulating research environment. The unit will provide support for traveling and hosting collaborators.

Location 

1919‐1 Tancha, Onna‐son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495

Responsibilities 

The successful candidate will contribute to the research program of the Qubits and Spacetime Unit, but is also encouraged to carry out self-designed projects. Active participation in group seminars and meetings is expected, as well as in assisting with their organization. The successful candidate may also contribute to mentoring students.

Qualifications 

  1. Completed PhD in theoretical physics or mathematics by the time of employment.
  2. Background in one or several of the following topics: quantum gravity, quantum information, quantum field theory, quantum foundations, quantum many-body physics or mathematical physics.
  3. Fluency in English.

Report to 

Professor Philipp Hoehn, Qubits and Spacetime Unit

Starting Date 

Fall 2020

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed term appointment for 3 years.  

Working hours: 9:00-17:30 (Discretionary)

Compensation & Benefits 

We pay an internationally competitive salary, which is raised upon completion of every additional year after the PhD award. A housing allowance of up to 80% of the rent complements the salary in accordance with the OIST Regulations.

Additional benefits:

  • Relocation and commuting allowances
  • Annual paid leave and summer holidays
  • Health insurance, welfare pension insurance and worker’s accident compensation insurance

How To Apply 

Apply by uploading your Submission Documents through Academic Jobs Online under the link

https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15684

or by emailing them to:

quast.oist@gmail.com

For further information please contact Philipp Hoehn under the above email address.

Submission Documents 

  • Cover letter
  • Research statement including summary of past achievements and future research plans
  • Curriculum vitae including publication list
  • Three letters of reference

Application Due Date 

Applications will be screened as they come in. Preferably they should be received by December 31st, 2019. However, given the short notice, applications will be considered until the positions are filled in approximately mid January 2020.

Declaration 

  • OIST Graduate University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, students and staff. The University strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.
  • Information provided by applicants or references will be kept confidential, documents will not be returned. All applicants will be notified regarding the status of their applications.
  • Please view OIST policy for rules on external professional activities
  • Further details about the University can be viewed on the OIST website www.oist.jp.

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