Research Fellow in Quantum Computing

University College London

Closing date: 23:59, 21 October 2020


Salary (inclusive of London allowance) £35,965 - £43,470 per annum

The EPSRC Quantum Computing and Simulation Hub is a network of leading quantum research teams across 17 universities, in a collaboration with more than 25 national and international commercial, governmental and academic entities. The advertised position is hosted at UCL’s London campus within the research group of Professor Dan Browne in the Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Positron Physics (AMOPP) Group within UCL. UCL is home to a diverse range of quantum technologies research across four academic departments. See for more details.

The aim of this post-doctoral position is to undertake research in the theory of applications of near-term quantum computers as part of the “Applications” work-package within the Hub. This work will explore the feasibility of proposed applications of near-term quantum computation for leading quantum computing platforms and to improve the performance of the most promising applications.  You will collaborate with researchers and students at UCL and partners across the Hub. 

This position is funded for 2 years in the first instance.
Key Requirements
The successful applicant will have a PhD in Quantum Computing or a related discipline (Computer Science, or a numerically-oriented area of Physical Sciences or Engineering). They will have experience of Python programming and working in a collaborative environment. Candidates must also have excellent written and verbal communication skills, and should have the ability to work independently, organise meetings and lead small teams. Experience in quantum computing research and in programming platforms for near-term quantum computers (Cirq, QISKIT, Forest, etc.) is desirable.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £31,479-£33,194 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.
Further Details
A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page. To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

Candidates will need to upload a CV (including a list of publications), a statement of research interests (2 pages maximum), and the contact information for two references. A cover letter can be included using the “Statement in Support of your Application” section of the online form. Applicants should arrange for two letters of reference to be emailed to  by the application deadline.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Shanice Thomas, , (+44 (0)20 7679 3943) – HEP/AMOPP

Informal enquiries regarding the vacancy can be made to Prof Dan Browne, 

Interview date 29th October 2020

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