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PhD Candidate in Quantum Artificial Intelligence

Maastricht University

Maastricht University

Maastricht, Netherlands
USD per year
Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2022


The position is embedded in the Quantum & High-Performance Computing group of the Department of Advanced Computing Sciences. The candidate will work together with other PhD candidates, and senior researchers. The candidate will conduct research in Quantum Computing for Artificial Intelligence. The candidate will investigate the integration of Quantum Computing for machine-learning techniques and Monte-Carlo Search approaches in order to solve optimization problems.

The tasks of the successful candidate include:

  • Research in Quantum Computing for AI.
  • Publishing in top-tier journals and conferences.
  • Participation in project meetings and contribution to reports, and participation in conferences.
  • Assistance in teaching activities in the department


  • A master’s degree (already completed or near completion) in STEM with an affinity in Computer Science.
  • Excellent programming and mathematical skills are required.
  • Solid experience and interest in latest advances in AI or Quantum Computing
  • Excellent command of English.
  • We are looking for a passionate and creative researcher, with serious interest in publishing in top venues in the field.
  • Being a team player.
  • Strong presentation, writing, communication and organization skills are required for this position.


Fixed-term contract: 4 years.

The full-time position is offered for a duration of four years, with yearly evaluations.

The salary will be set in PhD salary scale of the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities (€2.541 gross per month in first year to €3.247 in the fourth and final year). On top of this, there is an 8% holiday and an 8.3% year-end allowance. The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. You have to be willing to move to (the vicinity) of Maastricht. Non-Dutch applicants could be eligible for a favorable tax treatment (30% rule)

The preferred starting date is February 1st, 2023.

The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO). Furthermore, local UM provisions also apply. For more information look at the website > About UM > Working at UM.


Maastricht University

Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 22,000 students and about 5,000 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. For more information, visit

Living and working in Maastricht | Situated in the heart of Europe and within 30 kilometers from the German and Belgian borders, Maastricht and its 120,000 inhabitants have a strong international character. It is a safe and family-friendly city with a history spanning more than 2,000 years. The city’s rich past is reflected everywhere in the streets: the ratio of monuments-to-inhabitants is roughly 1:73. If you are unfamiliar with the Netherlands, UM’s Knowledge Centre for International Staff will gladly assist you with practical matters such as housing.


The Faculty of Science and Engineering

Maastricht University heavily invests in the growth of its STEM research and education. The Faculty of Science and Engineering – which houses the Department of Advanced Computing Sciences – is one of the focal points of these developments. Within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, over 260 researchers and more than 2,700 students work on themes such as data science and artificial intelligence, circularity and sustainability, and fundamental physics.

**Department of Advanced Computing Sciences | **The Department of Advanced Computing Sciences is Maastricht University’s largest and oldest department broadly covering the fields of artificial intelligence, data science, computer science, mathematics and robotics. Over 100 researchers work and study in the Department of Advanced Computing Sciences, whose roots trace back to 1987. The department’s staff teaches approximately 850 bachelor’s and master’s students in four specialized study programmes in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science.


Applicants are asked to send in their application before November 15th, 2022. Depending on your current location, you may be invited for an interview via MS Teams or in person.

We are happy to answer any questions you have about the position or our department. You can direct your questions to:

Name: Prof. Mark Winands Title: Professor in Machine Reasoning, Chair of Department of Advanced Computing Sciences E-mail address;