We have many opportunities for you to join our group and we are looking forward to hearing from you! The methods in our group are at the borderline between physics and mathematics. That means, we typically do not do any kind of time evolution calculations as required to model complex physical systems. Instead, we use simple mode descriptions of quantum optics, and combine these with a linear algebra tools of finite dimensional physical systems. Most of our work is done analytically, though we use Semi-Definite Programming (SDP) on Matlab platforms for some problems. Our work is theoretical, but we enjoy the collaboration with experimental groups at IQC and worldwide to make sure that our work pushes the boundaries of how we can harness the quantum world. Here is an overview about the opportunities, followed by some general information for applicants:

As a postdoc:
Postdoc positions are typically advertised whenever special funding becomes available, but you can apply to the general IQC postdoc application website any time of the year naming me (Norbert Lutkenhaus) as a potential supervisor.

As a PhD student:
We hire regularly PhD students. I can accommodate PhD students either in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, or in the Department of Applied Mathematics. For the application for physics students, please follow the process outlined at the Department of Physics and Astronomy webpage. These applications will be processed by the Guelph-Waterloo Physics Institute (GWPI). Students with a mathematics background need to apply through the math faculty. Generally speaking, I am looking for PhD students who have already demonstrated research experience. If you have not yet this experience, you will be admitted first for a Masters degree.

As a Masters student:
We regularly hire Master students. I would not expect you to have research expertise yet, but from your application it should be clear why it is that you want to become part of our group. For application procedures, the same paths as for PhD students apply.

As a visiting student:
We offer the possibility for you to complete the research component of your degree in our group. Such an arrangement would be typically based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between your university and the University of Waterloo, or through individual agreements with your supervisor or home institution.

As an Undergraduate student:
We have several ways how we can involve undergraduate students into our research:

  • USEQIP Summer internships: Annually, the Institute of Quantum Computing has a Undergraduate School, USEQIP,  and we offer participants the possibility to combine the attendance at that school with an internship in my group if their application is successful and they named me as potential supervisor.
  • Other Summer Internships: These are an option, though it would be useful to have  a clear connection to my group, for example through direct recommendation from a faculty member at your institution. It helps if I know the faculty member in question.
  • Waterloo students:
    USRA internships
    437A/B projects

General remarks:
Overall, I am looking for people who want to  learn more about the quantum world that we live in. When I look at applications, the question of motivation is for me very important. Specific knowledge can be taught, motivation can not be taught. And I look for people who do their proper background research to find out where they want to go. You are reading this webpage, so this is a good indicator that you are serious about finding the right spot to go to. If you decide to apply to work with my group, or to inquire about the options, please make sure to include the letter sequence XTRKM7 in the subject line of the email with which you get in contact with me. I am looking forward to receiving your email!