PhD Position in Quantum Coding and Information Theory
A PhD position in the area of quantum information theory is available at the Information Theory Section of Simula UiB, Bergen, Norway.

Job description

A PhD position in the area of quantum information theory is available at the Information Theory Section of Simula UiB, Bergen, Norway. The position is for a fixed-term period of four years, including one year (25%) of compulsory work (e.g., teaching, supervising).

Simula UiB is a research centre owned by Simula Research Laboratory and the University of Bergen. Simula UiB aims to increase the security expertise in Norway through research and education. For further details, see our webpage We have a solid background in coding, information theory, and communication theory, as well as many related areas. We mainly consider the research problems from the perspective of Information Theory. Currently, our research focus includes various topics in quantum coding and information theory, quantum private information retrieval (PIR), quantum error-correcting codes, fault-tolerant quantum computation, and quantum security- and privacy-preserving technologies in general.

The applicants must have excellent mathematical knowledge in probability theory, linear algebra, and discrete mathematics. A solid understanding of information theory and algebraic coding theory is a requirement. Experience or research work on one/several of the above research topics is an advantage.

Candidate Profile

We are looking for interested candidates who 

  • have completed, or are about to complete, a Master’s degree in electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, or a suitably related relevant field
  • has an excellent level of spoken and written English
  • possess good skills in interpersonal communication and academic presentation
  • have a high willingness to work with the supervisors, as part of an international team
  • have an excellent academic track record and will be looking for publications in relevant venues

Simula UiB offers

  • Excellent opportunities for conducting high-quality research, as part of a highly competent and motivated team of researchers
  • An informal and inclusive international working environment
  • Generous support for travel and opportunities to build international networks
  • Modern office facilities located at Marineholmen in the city centre of Bergen
  • A competitive salary. Starting salary from NOK 501 200
  • Numerous employee benefits, including access to company cabin, Baby Bonus arrangements, sponsored social events, equipment budget, and comprehensive travel/health insurance policy
  • Relocation assistance, including complimentary Norwegian language courses
  • Healthy wellness and work-life balance arrangements

Application Requirements

Interested applicants are requested to submit the following:

  • Curriculum vitae: summarise your educational background, working experience (in particular, any relevant academic or industrial work), list of scientific publications, etc
  • Contact information of three references, including the Master’s supervisor(s)
  • Cover letter: outline your motivation for applying, relevant experience and qualifications, research interests and how/why you are qualified for the position
  • Other: transcripts from Bachelor and Master degrees

Application deadline: 10.01.2023. Please apply at


Technical questions can be addressed to:
Research Scientist Dr. Hsuan-Yin Lin, email: [email protected]


Chief Research Scientist Dr. Eirik Rosnes, [email protected]


Administrative questions: [email protected]

About Simula and Norway

Simula UiB AS is a research centre owned by Simula Research Laboratory AS and the University of Bergen (UiB). Simula UiB has a close collaboration with leading universities in Norway and abroad, both in terms of research and education of master- and PhD students. One of the goals of Simula UiB is to increase cyber security expertise in Norway through research and education in cryptography and information theory.

Simula Research Laboratory AS is a publicly owned research lab located in downtown Oslo, Norway. Simula conducts Information and Communication Technology (ICT) research in the fields of scientific computing, software engineering, communication systems, machine learning and cyber security. Simula's main objective is to create knowledge about fundamental scientific challenges that are of genuine value to society. This is achieved through high-quality research, education of graduate students, industry collaboration, technology transfer, and commercialization. Since 2001, scientific evaluations conducted by the Research Council of Norway have repeatedly placed Simula at the forefront of international research in ICT. The most recent in-depth evaluation was published in 2017, grading the full range of research at Simula as “excellent”.

The Simula group appreciates diversity. We currently employ approximately 155 individuals from 35 countries and strive to create a family-friendly working environment. We are an equal-opportunity employer and encourage women to apply.

Norway is famous for its outdoor scenery, with gorgeous fjords, waterfalls and mountain ranges. Moreover, Norway is a safe and peaceful country with a thriving economy, offering a high standard of living and all the benefits of a social-democratic welfare state, such as social security and universal public healthcare.

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