Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantum Theory for Early Quantum Computers

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Friday, February 15, 2019

The Oxford-based group of Professor Simon Benjamin (see is looking for an exceptionally talented and motivated theorist to join the team. The successful applicant will perform research in one or more of the following topics: quantum algorithms, compilers, architectures, and error tolerance protocols. Close interaction is anticipated with experimental groups in Oxford, across the UK, and internationally.

This position is supported by an EU Flagship project called AQTION which relates to quantum computing with ion traps. However prior work with ion traps is not required, and much of the research will apply to multiple hardware platforms. The research will involve both analytical ‘pen and paper’ studies as well as numerical simulations using conventional computing systems; it is also expected that use of prototype quantum computers will be involved (remotely, through e.g. an online interface, rather than in the lab).

Applicants must hold a PhD/DPhil in a relevant field, or be near completion. The successful applicant will have demonstrated a very high level of ability for theoretical research in quantum computing or a closely related area. A complete list of the selection criteria is available as a part of the Job Description (see link below). Those particulars also contain additional information about the duties and benefits associated with the position, the nature of the supporting project, and of the Materials Department and the University of Oxford.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 15 February 2019. For shortlisted candidates, interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials on 1 March 2019 and candidates must be available on this date, either by Skype or in person.

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