Graduate research

If you are a highly motivated student interested to work in one of the most dynamic areas of experimental quantum physics, please contact Adrian Lupascu to inquire about existing positions. Please include a CV and relevant transcripts in your message.

A number of scholarships, including NSERC and OGS scholarships, as well as the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Fellowships, are available. Please consider applying for these scholarships if eligible.

I usually supervise students in the Physics, Physics-Quantum Information, and Physics-Nano programs. Please contact me if you have any questions related to your choice of program. Information on graduate studies in Physics can be found at https://uwaterloo.ca/physics-astronomy/graduate-studies .


Postdoctoral position in quantum annealing

A postdoctoral position is available at the Institute for Quantum Computing (https://uwaterloo.ca/institute-for-quantum-computing/), University of Waterloo, in the area of quantum annealing. The position is with the Superconducting Quantum Devices group (http://info.iqc.ca/sqd/) and will be supervised by Adrian Lupascu. The research is part of an international collaboration, whose goal is the investigation of computational speedup in quantum annealing, with a focus on implementation of quantum annealers using superconducting devices.

The position will involve one or more of the following topics: design of superconducting circuits for quantum annealing, experiments with quantum annealing devices, the development of advanced annealing protocols, and analysis of experimental results. The experiments are performed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Massachusetts.

Applicants for these positions should hold a PhD degree in physics, electrical engineering, or computer science. Applicants should preferably have prior research experience in one or more of the following areas: low-temperature experiments using dilution refrigerators, microwave and low-frequency electronics applied to quantum devices, design of superconducting quantum devices based on Josephson junctions, nanofabrication of quantum devices, software development, superconducting device theory, spin physics, and quantum thermodynamics. However, we will consider candidates with expertise in other relevant areas, such as quantum information theory, atomic physics, quantum optics, condensed matter, and quantum materials, if they have a strong commitment to making the transition to a new research field. Applicants should have a strong record of publications in highly recognized peer-reviewed journals.

The appointment will be for one year with the possibility of renewal subject to continuation of the project funding and performance. The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates, and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.

Please forward your curriculum vitae including a list of publications and reference contact information to:

Adrian Lupascu
Associate Professor, Institute for Quantum Computing and Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo


Postdoctoral fellowships

Interested postdoctoral candidates should apply for the IQC postdoctoral fellowships. Other relevant postdoctoral fellowships include the NSERC and Banting fellowships (see also the UW info page on Banting fellowships).


Undergraduate student positions

Undergraduate research projects are available on a regular basis. Interested students should consider the opportunities below.

NSERC USRA internships

Examples of potential projects are posted here. Please do not hesitate to contact Adrian Lupascu to discuss other possible topics. Guidelines for the application are posted on the Physics department website.

IQC internships

Please see this page for additional information.

MITACS Globalink

Please see the MITACS Globalink site.