Research Assistant in the Center for Quantum and Topological Systems

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
02 Jun 2023
End of advertisement period
16 Jun 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Assistant in the Center for Quantum and Topological Systems (CQTS) - Dr. Tuka Alhanai & Dr. Hisham Sati


The Center for Quantum and Topological Systems (CQTS) at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is seeking to recruit a Research Assistant in the area of Quantum Computing. The candidate is expected to do cutting-edge research at the intersection of the following areas, therefore prior expertise in these topics is highly encouraged: Quantum Machine Learning, Machine Learning on Quantum Computers, Topological Data Analysis.

The selected candidate will work on cutting edge technologies in an excellent research environment, with a potential to work with a Quantum Computer through our collaboration partners. 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. The selected candidate will also have great opportunities to work on interdisciplinary research problems with other researchers of the center.

The successful candidate is also expected 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.

Applicants should have the following background and experiences:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent.
  • Expertise in Quantum Physics is a plus.
  • Proficiency in software programming, including Python, machine learning libraries (Pytorch/Tensorflow), code version control (git), databases (MySQL), high-performance computing (SLURM), quantum machine learning (Cirq / Tensorflow Quantum).
  • Familiarity with feature engineering, representation learning, and topological data analysis.

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

The terms of employment are very competitive and include a flexible working environment, annual home-leave travel allowance, generous housing and relocation benefits, medical insurance with access to world-class facilities, as well as educational subsidies for children. 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 Fall 2023, but earlier dates are also possible based on the excellence of the candidate and the processing steps. Review of applications will start on June 1st, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

To be considered, all 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, all in PDF format, via Interfolio. 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 Dr. Tuka Alhanai at and Dr. Hisham Sati at


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.

Application Process

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