Postdoc in Quantum computing, Senior research fellow, Edinburgh

As part of the ongoing hiring drive for a total of 5 positions at the Quantum Software Lab ( ) at the University of Edinburgh, we are actively seeking two Senior Researchers (Grade 8 Senior Postdocs) with expertise in various areas, including (but not limited to) QML, Quantum Algorithms, Optimisation, Benchmarking, and more. For detailed insights into these positions, please feel free to contact us at

Grade 8, salary range: £45,585 - £54,395
University of Edinburgh, College of Science and Engineering, School of Informatics
Fixed-term, Full time (35 hours)
Available for 24 months (The duration of the position could be extended upon the successful approval of a grant extension.)
2 posts available

The Opportunity:
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 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 Innovation Fellow 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 unique opportunity for career development and consultancy work with the lab's approved partners, providing extensive exposure to cutting-edge research collaborations.
The post offers an active role in steering projects to a position of international leadership in the field. The successful candidate should be able to supervise other students in the team and have extensive experience driving forward multidisciplinary research projects.
We strongly encourage applications from female researchers, minority ethnic groups, first generation academics/STEM and other underrepresented groups in academia. We also are very open to applications from those with non-traditional career paths, including those with family, caring or health career breaks, or those who have moved to academia from a career in another sector.

Your skills and attributes for success:

PhD (or near completion) in Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, or related field.
Experience and evidence of effective independent research work within an interdisciplinary team. More broadly, demonstrated ability to lead, design and complete research projects, to solve problems independently and make original contributions to research.
A track record of first-author and collaborative publication in high-quality journals or conferences, including in quantum computing literature.
Excellence in written and oral communication, analytical, planning, and time management skills.

A track record of successfully managing multidisciplinary teams in the context of multi-partner projects.
Extensive experience of working with multiple allied partners in research networks.
Preferably, experience in research student supervision and grant writing.