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:

Current Positions available:

  • Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) Theory, Theory Postdoctoral positions
    To apply for theses positions please go to the following link
  • for upstarting projects: Graduate Students interested in Quantum Key Distribution Theory, with Theoretical Physics or Applied Math background. Experience and background in convex optimization and/or conceptual thinking in quantum context will be helpful.

The research environment around our group:

  • We are located at the Institute for Quantum Computing, which offers a unique interdisciplinary mix of 29 faculty members and their groups, all working full-time in quantum information.
  • The Institute for Quantum computing has thriving Graduate Program in Quantum Information which offers many special topic lectures offered by scientists who are international leaders in those fields.
  • Our group forms with the groups of Michele Mosca and Thomas Jennewein  a unique cluster of expertise in QKD that reaches from building QKD devices, testing device implementation security, protocol security, to building network layer architectures based on QKD to allow integration of QKD into our security infrastructure.
  • Waterloo is the managing hub of the Canada-wide training network Cryptoworks21 which offers broader training in technical skills (Modern cryptography, including post-quantum cryptography, and quantum cryptography), but also important professional skills (project management, intellectual property) that helps you building your career whether you aim for a career in academia or industry.

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 web page. These applications will be processed by the Graduate Studies in Physics program. Students seeking a degree in Applied Math should apply  via the Applied Mathematics Graduate Program. 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 web page, 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!