Quantum Networking Modeling and Simulation Fellowship

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
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How to Apply

Create and release your Profile on Zintellect – Postdoctoral applicants must create an account and complete a profile in the on-line application system.  Please note: your resume/CV may not exceed 3 pages.

Complete your application – Enter the rest of the information required for the IC Postdoc Program Research Opportunity. The application itself contains detailed instructions for each one of these components: availability, citizenship, transcripts, dissertation abstract, publication and presentation plan, and information about your Research Advisor co-applicant.

Additional information about the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program is available on the program website located at: https://orise.orau.gov/icpostdoc/index.html.

If you have questions, send an email to ICPostdoc@orau.org.  Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email. 

Application Deadline
2/28/2024 6:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:

Quantum Networks are a nascent technology, current efforts are focused on developing testbeds for distributing quantum entanglement and exchanging quantum information between multiple networked nodes. This novel type of information sharing is required to operate with a classical network control plane and methods of interfacing classical and quantum information collection and sharing protocols are topics of current research as well as use cases for quantum information to enhance features of a classical network. Applications of a quantum network are still unclear without robust modeling and simulation of quantum network capabilities and challenges.

Example Approaches: 

Realistic modeling of quantum information sharing, such as entanglement fidelity over long haul optical fiber networks, are needed to answer basic questions regarding the expected performance of a quantum network. The Laboratory for Telecommunication Sciences has an effort to model noise conditions and performance of deployed network optical fiber and to integrate those data into performance models for quantum-level signals, single photon transmission. A physics-based model of realistic components, considering the limitations of hardware specifications (such as insertion loss, performance over telecom spectra, or environmental conditions) will allow for accurate predictions of the fidelity of the quantum-level signals and the quality of the information able to be exchanged between two or more network nodes. This provides the foundation for a platform to test and simulate protocols and applications for quantum networks.


Key Words: Quantum Network, distributed entanglement, singe photon


Postdoc Eligibility

  • U.S. citizens only
  • Ph.D. in a relevant field must be completed before beginning the appointment and within five years of the appointment start date
  • Proposal must be associated with an accredited U.S. university, college, or U.S. government laboratory
  • Eligible candidates may only receive one award from the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program

Research Advisor Eligibility

  • Must be an employee of an accredited U.S. university, college or U.S. government laboratory
  • Are not required to be U.S. citizens
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Chemistry and Materials Sciences (12 )
    • Communications and Graphics Design (3 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (21 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (14 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (45 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Other Non-Science & Engineering (2 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Science & Engineering-related (1 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (30 )