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PhD Studentship in Quantum Networks - Dublin

LO-01 PhD Studentship in Quantum Networks - Dublin

Contract Type: Full Time/Fixed Term

Job Description

Tyndall National Institute is offering a fully-funded PhD opportunity in the area of AI-driven optimisation for quantum networks, in Tyndall’s Wireless Communications Laboratory, based in Dublin.

Quantum networks enables the distribution of quantum information over long distances using quantum repeaters. The facilitation of large-scale quantum communications between quantum nodes will enable new applications in areas such as security and computing that will have wide-ranging societal impact. As with classical networks, the coordination and optimization of quantum networks is needed, particularly as they have relatively limited resources. With the probabilistic and unstable nature of quantum entanglements, quantum network management poses challenges unique from those found in classical networks. In this project we aim to develop AI-based joint optimization of quantum repeater networks and classical networks as the control infrastructure.

The position focuses on the research and development of techniques to generate novel algorithms and protocols for multi-flow, multi-path routing, scheduling, and resource allocation in quantum networks using evolutionary computation.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr. Lester Ho (Tyndall National Institute), and the project will be executed in close collaboration with Dr. Harun Siljak (Trinity College Dublin) and Prof. Holger Claussen (Tyndall National Institute) and under the common umbrella of the SFI CONNECT research centre.

You will join a vibrant and expanding world-class research ecosystem and community in Tyndall of 600 staff and postgraduate students. The Institute’s research activities span from atoms to systems with multidisciplinary teams and collaborations spanning Wireless Communications, Micro & Nano Systems, Photonics, Systems Integration and Packaging, Quantum Engineering and Energy.

Tyndall’s Wireless Communications Laboratory intends to grow to 50+ researchers based in Dublin by 2025. As part of this it is expected that follow-up opportunities within the lab will be available beyond the 4 years contract length.

Key responsibilities

  • Carry out ground-breaking and independent research in the area of quantum network routing and scheduling using evolutionary computation and machine learning. 
  • Publish results in high impact IEEE journals and conferences.
  • Perform simulations to characterize the performance of developed techniques.
  • With guidance, work and provide help on collaborative research projects, undertaken by the Wireless Communications Laboratory.
  • Write progress reports, literature reviews, and document the research.
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement opportunities and disseminate research to a wider audience

Key Requirements

  • Masters or Bachelor degree/Diploma in Computer Science, Mathematics, Electrical/Electronic engineering, or other relevant fields.
  • Strong programming skills in either C, C++, Julia, Python, Matlab and willingness to learn
  • Good mathematical skills and knowledge
  • The candidate must demonstrate proficiency in English.

This is a 4 year fully funded PhD position in conjunction with the SFI Centre CONNECT.

An annual student stipend of €18,500 applies for this successful candidate for this position. The PhD student will be registered at University College Cork, and yearly University academic fees will paid by the Tyndall National Institute.

For any informal queries, please contact Dr. Lester Ho at

Application Instructions

Step 1 – Click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Reference LO-01

Step 2 – Return the completed Application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to Please ensure that your motivation letter, CV and application letter are submitted in pdf format.

Postgraduate applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency as per UCC regulations ( Certificates should be valid (usually less than 2 years old) and should be uploaded with their application. In special circumstances the panel may consider a prior degree in English (e.g. Master thesis written in English) as evidence of English language proficiency.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.