Research Associate/Post-Doctoral Associate in the Center for Quantum and Topological Systems

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
28 Nov 2022
End of advertisement period
13 Dec 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Six Research Associate/Postdoctoral positions are available in the newly established Center for Quantum and Topological Systems (CQTS) at New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The Center possesses the unique possibility to investigate cutting-edge interdisciplinary questions within the theoretical and fundamental aspects of Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science and Engineering, from various points of view and different abstraction levels, especially on the following key topics (but not restricted to):

  • Topological Quantum Field Theory
  • Topological Quantum Computing
  • Topological Phases of Matter
  • Topology in Condensed Matter Theory
  • Quantum Materials
  • Quantum Error Correction
  • Topological Data Analysis
  • Quantum Machine Learning
  • Quantum Cryptography
  • (Homotopy) Type Theory
  • Functional Quantum Programming
  • Mapping Quantum Algorithms on QC Machines
  • Quantum Circuit Simulations and Validation
  • Hardware-aware Optimizations of Quantum Algorithms

We expect successful applicants to do cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and work in synergy towards improving the collaborations and connections among the different areas. Ability to work and connect to more than one topic and having interdisciplinary perspective is an advantage, but disciplinary applications will be considered as well having a focus and in-depth expertise in a particular topic mentioned above. For quantum materials and topology in condensed matter, close collaboration with the node of CQTS at NYU Shanghai will be desirable.

Applicants should have a PhD in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering.

The appointment will be for a period of two years, and extensions to longer terms are possible upon review.

The terms of employment for these positions include very competitive salary with additional attractive benefits, including generous housing allowance, medical insurance with access to world class facilities, annual home leave allowance, and (if applicable) dependent private school fees. Salaries are tax-free in the UAE (for US tax, the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion can be used). The researchers will have dedicated funds for traveling, computing, publications, etc. and will have access to excellent world-class research facilities. 

The preferred starting date is August/ Sept. 2022, but earlier dates are also possible. Review of applications will start on January 15, 2022, and will continue until the positions are filled.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, publication list, a brief statement of research interests, copies of transcripts (for Engineering only), and three letters of recommendation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to outline (in the cover letter and/or research statement) how they plan to contribute to create interdisciplinary connections within the research areas of the center.

Questions regarding specifics for this position may be directed to Prof. Hisham Sati

About NYUAD:

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply.

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