Quantum Scientist (Solid-State Chemistry)

University of Cambridge

Closing date: 25 April 2021

About us

Riverlane builds ground-breaking software to unleash the power of quantum computers. Backed by leading venture-capital funds and the University of Cambridge, we develop software that transforms quantum computers from experimental technology into commercial products.

You will join our cross-disciplinary team of software developers, mathematicians, quantum information theorists, computational chemists and physicists – all world experts in their fields. Our collaborative, close-knit team has a track record of delivering high-quality R&D across the full quantum stack. As a growing company, you will have the freedom to think independently and creatively, as well as contribute to Riverlane’s business development.

About the role

You will join the interdisciplinary Anian research team, developing algorithms and research code at the intersection of innovative theory and practical implementation, with a focus on quantum chemistry for materials design/solid-state chemistry applications. Collaborating and communicating with end-users from academia and industry will be an important part of the role. As a quantum scientist on the Anian team, your input into how quantum computers will be able to solve chemistry problems will be central to the success of the team. You will have the opportunity to work across our product portfolio and will be able to contribute to and lead projects as appropriate, pursuing work which best matches your ability and interest whilst developing your knowledge and skills.

What you will do

  • Research, devise and develop quantum chemistry methodology and software to enhance Riverlane’s capabilities
  • Interact with academic collaborators and industrial customers
  • Use your knowledge about academic and commercial chemistry challenges to shape the research direction of the team
  • Build expertise in the field of quantum computing through discussions with colleagues, reading relevant literature and gaining practical experience
  • Analyse experimental data and communicate results in the form of discussions and reports to other team members and clients
  • Build Riverlane’s international standing through writing papers and presenting results at conferences as appropriate
  • Contribute to the business development and strategic direction of the company
  • Contribute to chemistry-related projects and decisions


What we need

You will have a materials design/solid-state chemistry background combined with strong computer programming skills. We are looking for:

  • PhD in a subject related to theoretical chemistry/physics, or equivalent experience in industry
  • Experience in computational materials design/solid-state chemistry
  • Experience developing quantum chemical methods (DFT, post Hartree-Fock, embedding methods etc.)
  • Good programming skills, with a proven capability of understanding technical material and translating it into code
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, with a track record of communicating scientific results to colleagues and other audiences
  • Experience working both independently and in a research team
  • Desire to learn, with a capacity both to lead and follow

Even better if you have…

  • Industry experience in the chemical sector
  • An interest in quantum computers


We offer a competitive salary, equity options, and relocation costs.



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