Quantum Computing Postdoctoral Scholar

Job type: 


Application deadline: 

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Quantum Computing Postdoctoral Scholar - 96805
Division: AM-Applied Mathematics and Computational Research

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL, https://www.lbl.gov/) Applied Mathematics and Computational Research Division (https://crd.lbl.gov/divisions/amcr/applied-mathematics-dept/) and the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC, https://www.nersc.gov/) have a joint opening for a Quantum Computing Postdoctoral Scholar to join the team.

In this exciting role, you will participate in an interdisciplinary quantum computing project. The project involves implementation of innovative FPGA-based features and programming to enable next generation quantum and hybrid quantum-classical algorithms on NISQ-era superconducting quantum computers. As a researcher with strong FPGA experience, you will work closely with researchers at NERSC and quantum computing experimentalists at the Advanced Quantum Testbed on co-design of algorithms and experimental systems.

What You Will Do:

  • Work closely with the FPGA-based quantum computing controls team at the Advanced Quantum Testbed, and contribute to development of controls for superconducting quantum computing.
  • Work closely with quantum computing theorists and experimentalists to understand hardware needs of quantum and hybrid quantum-classical algorithms, and participate in co-design of novel hardware/firmware features to enable next generation algorithms.
  • Apply benchmarking tools to assess system performance and use this data to improve efficiency and performance.
  • Work in a multidisciplinary team environment including theorists, experimentalists, and engineers from different technical areas.
  • Publish research findings in conferences and journals.

What is Required:

  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, or related fields.
  • Demonstrated experience in FPGA programming and application to scientific experiments, preferably experience in using Xilinx series FPGA with the Verilog/SystemVerilog language.
  • Interest in acquiring new skills in quantum computing, including quantum algorithms and benchmarking tools.
  • Knowledge of complex systems debugging tools including network analyzer, oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, chip scope etc.
  • Excellent communication skills to facilitate interdisciplinary work with multiple collaborators and to represent the team's work at conferences.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with quantum algorithms and computing.
  • Experience with high speed analog/digital electronics development.
  • Experience in schematic capture, pcb layout and pcb board bring up.
  • Prior experience with execution of quantum and hybrid algorithms (including VQE and other variational algorithms) on NISQ-era hardware is strongly desirable.
  • Prior experience with ML and quantum machine learning.
  • Experience with machine learning libraries such as TensorFlow, Keras, Scikit-learn, etc.
  • Strong publication record.

The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on September 20, 2022.


  • This is a full-time, 1 year postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds and ongoing operational needs. You must have less than 3 years of paid postdoctoral experience. Salary for Postdoctoral positions depends on years of experience post-degree.
  • This position is represented by a union for collective bargaining purposes.
  • Salary will be predetermined based on postdoctoral step rates.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Work may be performed on-site, hybrid, full-time telework or remote modes. Work must be performed within the United States.

How To Apply
Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

Based on University of California Policy - SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program and U.S Federal Government requirements, Berkeley Lab requires that all members of our community obtain the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible. As a condition of employment at Berkeley Lab, all Covered Individuals must Participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program by providing proof of Full Vaccination or submitting a request for Exception or Deferral. Visit covid.lbl.gov (https://covid.lbl.gov/) for more information.

Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA, https://diversity.lbl.gov/ideaberkeleylab/) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments. Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab’s mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

Equal Opportunity and IDEA Information Links:
Know your rights, click here (https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/posters) for the supplement: Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law and the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision (https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ofccp/pdf/pay-transp_%20English_f...) under 41 CFR 60-1.4.