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Postdoctoral Researcher for the Opus project: Categorical Foundations of the Non-Classicality of Nature
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Postdoctoral Researcher for the Opus project: Categorical Foundations of the Non-Classicality of Nature

Project financed by the National Science Center

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Post-doctoral Researchers to work in the International Centre for Theory of Quantum Technologies (ICTQT).

The project aims to:

  • substantially refine, develop, and extend existing notions of nonclassicality of nature (with a particular focus on generalised contextuality),
  • discover entirely novel notions of nonclassicality (in particular, by considering symmetries and unspeakable information), and
  • quantify these notions of nonclassicality as formal resource theories and investigate their role in quantum advantages.

The key tools we will use in this project come from process theories, generalized probabilistic theories, ontological models, resource theories, and categorical quantum mechanics. We welcome candidates who are not necessarily experts in these fields but do have an interest in learning about them. We also appreciate any other tools that the candidate brings with them to the team!

If you would like any further details about the project or the advertised position then please feel free to get in contact with John Selby (john.selby[at]ug.edu.pl) for a chat.

John Selby's team tightly cooperates with New Quantum Resources Group, Foundational Underpinnings of Quantum Technologies Group, and New Quantum Resources and Thermodynamics Group.

The goal of the Post-Doctoral Researcher will be to tackle foundational problems in quantum theory preferably from a process-theoretic perspective.


ICTQT was created in 2018 within the International Research Agendas Programme of the Foundation for Polish Science co-financed by the European Union from the funds of the Smart Growth Operational Programme, axis IV: Increasing the research potential (Measure 4.3). The founders of ICTQT are Marek Żukowski (the director) and Paweł Horodecki (the research group leader). The Centre’s official partner is IQOQI-Vienna of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

The Centre consists of 6 research groups:

  • Active scientific research.
  • Presentation and discussion of ideas and results with a diverse audience at the ICTQT and at the external events.
  • Participation in mentoring of PhD students.
  • Participation in activities organized by the ICTQT.
  • Active participation in seminars, group meetings, etc.
  • PhD degree in physics, mathematics, computer science or philosophy (PhD degree obtained in 2015 or later).
  • The candidate should be interested in mathematical and conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics and quantum information, and related topics, especially those which are within the research agenda of the project.
  • The candidate should be committed to working collaboratively within inclusive and diverse environment.
  • Good written and oral communication skills are appreciated.
Job Benefits
  • Full-time employment in a rapidly developing unit, the International
    Centre for Theory of Quantum Technologies at the University of Gdansk.
  • Scientific and organizational support.
  • Basic equipment and core facilities.
  • Friendly, inspiring, interdisciplinary environment.
  • The start date of employment is negotiable, the employment period may be extended after an evaluation.
Required documents
  • Filled-in recruitment form.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • A research resume with a list of publications, and a list of research projects (esp. those in which the candidate was the principal investigator); PDF files
    of three most important papers by the candidate (or just web links, in the
    case of open access publications); a list of invited talks at conferences and
    workshops, and a list of academic prizes and awards;
  • Motivation letter (including statement of current scientific interests) – up to
    2 pages;
  • Documents confirming scientific degrees (copy of PhD diploma, or
  • Name and contact details (e-mail addresses) to two senior researchers who
    may provide reference for the candidate. The candidate is expected to
    contact the referees and ask them to send reference letters directly to
    ictqt[at]ug.edu.pl. The letters must be sent before the
Recruitment process
  • A Post-Doctoral position can be offered to candidates who received their PhD degree in 2015 or later.
  • The interview is expected May-June 2022.
  • ICTQT Selecting Commission (SC) reserves the right to invite for the interview only pre-selected candidates.
  • The SC decision is final and is not subject to appeal.
  • The SC reserves the right to close the competition without selecting a candidate.
  • The SC will announce its decision within 3 months from the date of recruitment completion.
  • In the event of resignation from accepting the position of the selected candidate, the SC has the right to send the offer to the person placed on the reserve list, and in the absence of such a list, the SC has the right to reconsider the applications submitted to the competition and to indicate a new candidate.

Please submit the documents via email to ictqt[at]ug.edu.pl


process theories, resource theories, generalised probabilistic theories, contextuality, ontological models, categorical quantum mechanics, symmetries.

Employment Type
Beginning of employment
July 1st, 2022 (negotiable)
Duration of employment
24 months (with possible 12 months extension)
Scientific discipline
quantum physics
Base Salary
PLN ~10000 (based on experience) Per month
Date posted
Application deadline
Job Location
Jana Bażyńskiego 1A, Gdańsk, 80-308, Poland
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