Post-doctoral Scholar in Qubits and Spacetime Unit (Hoehn Unit)

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Unit summary:

One 3-year postdoctoral position will become available in September 2021 in the Qubits and Spacetime Unit led by Philipp Hoehn. The research of the unit lies 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 systems to explore a quantum version of general covariance, equilibrium and non-equilibrium spacetime thermodynamics, 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. For further information on some of these topics, see Candidates with an interest in any of these or related topics are encouraged to apply. 

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. 


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


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.



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 

Prof. Philipp Hoehn

Starting Date 

Fall 2021

Term & Working Hours 

Term: Full-time, fixed-term appointment for 3 years. Contract initially with 3-months probationary period (inclusive).

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

Compensation & Benefits 

Compensation: In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations

Relocation, housing and commuting allowances
Annual paid leave and summer holidays
Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid )
Welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin)
Worker's accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

How To Apply 

Apply by uploading your Submission Documents through Academic Jobs Online at

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Submission Documents 

1. Cover letter 
2. Research statement including summary of past achievements and future research plans 
3. Curriculum vitae including publication list 
4. Three letters of reference 

Application Due Date 

Applications will be screened as they come in. Preferably they should be received by December 15th, 2020


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