Positions

The innovative training network QCALL (Quantum Communications for ALL) is accepting applications for its well-funded openings for early stage researchers at its partner institutes. The training covers a range of practical and theoretical topics all related to quantum communications and its widespread deployment. There is also a range of complementary training in business, entrepreneurship, professional writing to enhance the personal development of the fellows.

You will join QCALL network of partners, which include Toshiba Research Europe Ltd, UK, ID Quantique SA, Switzerland, University of Vigo, Spain, University of Leeds, UK, University of Padova, Italy, University of Dusseldorf, Germany, University of Geneva, Switzerland, University of Pierre et Marie Curie, France, and Telecom ParisTech, France. Among them they offer high-level training to 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), this includes doctoral training and relevant complimentary training in business, entrepreneurship, and professional writing to enhance personal development of the fellows. ESRs will be supervised by researchers across the network, will be exposed to different sectors via planned placements, attend summer schools, and contribute to and organise workshops and conferences.

Successful candidates will have a 3-years contract with annual salaries in the range of €40,000-€60,000 depending on the hosting country and the applicant status. Successful candidates must be eligible to enrol on a PhD programme at the host institution (or at a designated university if the host institution is not an academic organisation).

Important eligibility rules for QCALL positions:

There are no restrictions on the nationality, but

Early-stage-Researcher  Rule:

Applicants must, at the time of recruitment,

1. have not yet been awarded a doctorate degree and

2. be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date that you obtained the degree  (e.g. MSc) which would entitle you to embark on a PhD either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged. For instance, if you have obtained an MSc degree two years ago, you satisfy this rule, but if you have obtained it over 4 years ago, and during this time you have been a full-time researcher, you will no longer be eligible. Please note that you can already be a PhD student and satisfy the above rule.

Mobility Rule:

Be willing to move to the country where the research project is located, in which the applicant must not have worked or studied for more than 12 months during the last 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment under the QCALL project. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. The appointed ESR must not have spent more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment at the host organisation, in the country of the host organisation.

ESRs can be of any nationality. But, they are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e., move from one country to another according to this mobility rule) when taking up their appointment. Example: German nationals can be eligible for recruitment at a beneficiary located in Germany as long as they have resided or carried out their main activity outside of Germany for more than 24 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment

Projects

Here is a list of available projects. Click on each project to see what it entails and how to apply.

WP1 Projects on Advanced Technologies for Metropolitan Quantum Networks

Project 1: Quantum key distribution on chip (closed)
Hosted by Toshiba Research Europe Ltd, UK

Project 2: Continuous operation of high-speed measurement-device-independent QKD (closed)
Hosted by Toshiba Research Europe Ltd, UK

Project 3: Phase encrypted continuous variable quantum communications and hybrid quantum cryptography (closed)
Hosted by Telecom ParisTech, France

Project 4: Resilience of commercial discrete-variable QKD systems against quantum hacking (closed)
Hosted by ID Quantique SA, Switzerland

Project 5:Security analysis of practical decoy-state QKD systems (closed)
Hosted by University of Vigo, Spain

 

WP2 Projects on Long-distance Quantum Communications Systems & Networks

Project 6: Novel structures for memory-assisted MDI-QKD (closed)
Hosted by University of Leeds, UK

Project 7: Satellite quantum links for secure continental communications (accepting applications until 15 June 2017)
Hosted by University of Padova, Italy

Project 8: Optimal cost-effective distribution of quantum resources in future quantum networks (accepting applications until 30 April 2017)
Hosted by University of Leeds, UK

Project 9: Long-distance quantum key distribution over integrated satellite-repeater links  (accepting applications until 15 May 2017)
Hosted by University of Dusseldorf, Germany

Project 10: Rare-earth-ion doped quantum memories for quantum repeaters (closed)
Hosted by University of Geneva, Switzerland

 

WP3 Projects on Novel Protocols & Devices for Future Quantum Communications Networks

Project 11: Quantum communications protocols in optical networks (accepting applications until 10 May 2017)
Hosted by University of Vigo, Spain

Project 12: Beyond-QKD continuous-variable quantum cryptographic protocols (closed)
Hosted by University of Pierre et Marie Curie, France

Project 13: Multipartite quantum communication systems (closed)
Hosted by University of Dusseldorf, Germany

Project 14: Novel approaches to simple and secure self-testing QKD systems (closed)
Hosted by University of Geneva, Switzerland

Project 15: Trusted randomness derived from quantum optical processes for QC applications (accepting applications until 15 June 2017)
Hosted by University of Padova, Italy