Bilkent University, Mathematics

Position ID: 1347-PDQA [#16857]
Position Title: Postdoc
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Ankara, Ankara 06800, Turkey [map]
Subject Areas: Quantum information/foundations and Algebraic topology
Application Deadline: (posted 2020/11/24, listed until 2021/03/04)
Position Description:    

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Postdoctoral research positions in (1) Quantum information/foundations and (2) Algebraic topology are available in the research group of Dr. Cihan Okay in the Department of Mathematics at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. The starting date is flexible and can be any time between Feb 1, 2021 and Sept 1, 2021. Applications received by Jan 1, 2021 will receive full consideration for the starting date of Feb 1, 2021. Review of applications will commence on Jan 1, 2021 and continue until the positions are filled.

This position will be initially awarded for one year; and may be renewed contingent upon strong performance, conduct, and availability of funds. The salary is competitive; and benefits include private health insurance and fully furnished free on-campus lodging. Email inquiries may be sent to

The project is titled "Topology of quantum resources: Homotopical methods in resource theories for quantum information and quantum computing" and funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. For further details on the project visit

(1) Quantum information/foundations: This part of the project requires a PhD in mathematics/physics/computer science in the fields of quantum foundations, quantum computing, quantum information and cryptography or a closely related field. The main theme is to explore quantum resources from a topological perspective towards an eye on applications to quantum information processing. This builds on the earlier work on the homotopical approach to quantum contextuality and its resource-theoretic value in measurement-based quantum computation. Experience in algebraic topology is not required, but would be helpful for candidates interested in collaboration with (2).

(2) Algebraic topology: This part of the project requires a PhD in mathematics in the field of algebraic topology or a closely related field. The goal is to understand the homotopy theory of classifying spaces for commutativity and related simplicial structures. This involves methods from homotopy theory (simplicial and stable), homological algebra, and category theory. The candidate is expected to be experienced in one of these areas. Experience in quantum information/foundations is not required, but would be helpful for candidates interested in collaboration with (1).

To apply, submit the following documents: Cover letter, CV, Research statement, At least three references.

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Further Info:
+90 (312) 290 2103
Department of Mathematics
Bilkent University
06800 Ankara, Turkey

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