Postdoc in Quantum Computing in Edinburgh (2 positions)

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

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We wanted to share some exciting news regarding the current hiring drive at the Quantum Software Lab, University of Edinburgh. We're on the lookout for two Research Associates (Grade 7 Postdoc) ( Learn more here: ) with expertise in various areas, including (but not limited to) QML, Quantum Algorithms, Optimisation, Benchmarking, etc.
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Position summary:
Grade 7, salary range: £37,099 - £44,263
University of Edinburgh, College of Science and Engineering, School of Informatics, Quantum Software Lab
Full time, 35 hours per week
18 months (with possibility of extension)
2 positions available
The School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh is inviting applications for several Research Assistant positions to join our recently established Quantum Software Lab (link: ) in collaboration with the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) ( ). The aim is to expand the research activity of our team, which has a strong tradition of high-quality research in quantum informatics within the University of Edinburgh. The Quantum Software Lab currently consists of approximately 40 members, including eight permanent staff, led by Prof. Elham Kashefi, Personal Chair in Quantum Computing, who is also working as the Chief Scientist of the National Quantum Computing Centre.
The Opportunity:
The successful candidates will work on the Quantum Advantage Pathfinder (QAP) programme. QAP is the core research program in the Quantum Software Laboratory (QSL) and consists of a replicable and scalable framework for conducting use case driven investigations into practical quantum advantage. The Research Associate will collaborate with government, industry, and academia to develop full-stack solutions that meet the needs of our economy and society. This role offers a potential opportunity for career development and consultancy work with the lab's approved partners, providing extensive exposure to cutting-edge research collaborations. Working alongside our world-class team of researchers, the Research Associate will ensure the success of this ambitious product cycle programme by combining multi-disciplinary expertise across cyber security, quantum algorithms, machine learning, verification, error mitigation, benchmarking, quantum simulation and more.

Knowledge, skills and experience
PhD (or near completion) in Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, or related field.
Candidates must have a strong background in quantum information or quantum computation.
Proven expertise in the techniques needed to undertake the research in question.
Possess high level of initiative, be detail oriented and ability to effectively work in a team setting.
Demonstrated quality of research performance.
Ability to communicate complex information clearly, orally and in writing.

Candidates should be also interested to work in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment, and it will be an asset if the candidate is willing to travel to explore collaboration between the partners of the project.