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Biographical Sketch

Professor Terlaky is the director of the Quantum Computing and Optimization Laboratory (QCOL). He served as the Chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Lehigh University, 2008 – 2017
Prior to his appointment at Lehigh U., Prof. Terlaky has taught at Eötvös U., Budapest, Hungary; Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands; McMaster U., ON, Canada.  At McMaster he also served as the founding Director of the School of Computational Engineering and Science. 
Prof. Terlaky has published four books, edited over ten books and journal special issues and published over 220 research papers.  Topics include theoretical and algorithmic foundations of operations research (e.g., invention of the criss-cross method), design and analysis of large classes of interior point methods, computational optimization, worst case examples of the central path, nuclear reactor core reloading optimization, oil refinery and VLSI design optimization and robust radiation therapy treatment optimization. Further, his research interest includes high performance optimization methods, optimization modeling, optimization problems in engineering sciences, and Quantum Computing Optimization.
Prof. Terlaky is Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Optimization and Engineering, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications .  He has served as associate editor of ten journals and has served as conference chair, conference organizer, and distinguished invited speaker at conferences all over the world.  He was general Chair of the INFORMS 2015 Annual Meeting, a former Chair of INFORMS’ Optimization Society, Chair of the ICCOPT Steering Committee of the Mathematical Optimization Society, Chair of the SIAM Activity Groupon Optimization. He received: the MITACS Mentorship Award for his distinguished Ph.D. student supervisory record; the Egerváry Award of the Hungarian Operations Research Society; the Award of Merit of the Canadian Operations Research Society; The Wagner Prize of INFORMS; The Outstanding Innovation in Service Science Engineering Award of IISE. 

Prof. Terlaky is Fellow of the Fields Institute, Fellow of INFORMS, Fellow of SIAM, Fellow of IFORS, and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. 

Postdoctoral Position on Quantum Computing and Optimization
Postdoc Position
Quantum Computing and Optimization Laboratory,
Industrial and Systems Engineering Department,
Lehigh University,
Bethlehem, PA, USA

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position at the Quantum Computing and Optimization Laboratory (QCOL), Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department, Lehigh University (, as part of a recently awarded $2.1 million DARPA grant ( for research in optimization with Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum (NISQ) devices. We seek outstanding candidates with a Ph.D. in operations research, physics, computer science, applied mathematics, or related areas with research experience in the general area of Quantum Computing (QC). In addition, demonstrated proficiency in verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team are required.

Some of the research directions that the QCOL is pursuing are related, but not limited to: the development of new QC results/techniques to address the solution of combinatorial optimization problems with NISQ devices, the development of new QC interior point algorithms, and the study and control of noise in NISQ devices. Through strong collaborations, QCOL has access to state-of-the-art QC hardware and software.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience, and the position is for one (1) year with the possibility of extension to a second year. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research accomplishments, and contact information for at least three references to Prof. Tamas Terlaky <>.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions concerning the position can be directed to Prof. Tamas Terlaky, ISE Department, at <>.

Among the nation’s premier research universities, Lehigh University is the academic home of 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 475 tenure line faculty. Lehigh is located on a scenic, 1,600-acre campus in historic Bethlehem in eastern Pennsylvania, about one and one-half hours from New York and Philadelphia. The Lehigh Valley is an attractive place to live and work with reasonable cost of living, easy commuting, and abundant cultural activities.

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