Postdoctoral Researcher on Quantum Causal Structures

University of Oxford - Department of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science has an exciting new opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher on Quantum Causal Structures. The project is fixed-term until 30 September 2019 and is funded by the John Templeton Foundation. You will be working within the groups of Professor Bob Coecke and Dr J Barrett. The project is a large-scale international collaboration between groups based at the Universities of Oxford, Vienna (Austria), Pavia (Italy), Hong Kong (China), Queensland (Australia), and Western Ontario (Canada), and at Perimeter Institute (Canada).

You will be expected to conduct original academic research by investigating the role that causality plays in quantum theory. Topics include: quantum generalisations of classical causal models; causal inference in situations where quantum systems are involved; the description of quantum indefinite causality with application to protocols and algorithms; and the development of a categorical approach to quantum causal structures, with a corresponding diagrammatic formalism.

You will require a PhD (or close to completion) in a relevant area of science or related discipline, together with a documented track record of the ability to conduct and complete research projects, as witnessed by published peer-reviewed work (according to the experience of the candidate) in at least one of the areas of quantum foundations, quantum information science, or categorical quantum theory and should possess excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings. Experience of independently managing a discrete area of a research project is highly desirable.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 15 March 2018.

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