Quantum Programmer (Computational Scientist)

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Application deadline: 

Friday, August 21, 2020

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position as a Computational Scientist at The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. This position is funded by ICHEC, is available from 1th October 2020 to 6th January 2022 located at ICHEC’s Dublin office.

ICHEC is the national High-Performance Computing (HPC) Centre in Ireland and is a centre of domain, systems and software expertise that provides high performance software solutions to academia, industry and state bodies, through partnership, knowledge transfer, project delivery and service provision. ICHEC operates the national HPC service providing compute resources and software expertise for the research communities across all the main science disciplines through collaborative industry & academic partnerships and programmes of education and outreach.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will join the Quantum Programming team at ICHEC and work towards developing applications and software on quantum computing platforms. This will require a good understanding of quantum information systems, one or more NISQ computing hardware and simulator platforms from IBM, Rigetti, Intel, Atos and Google, along with their associated software stacks and libraries. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with these technology providers and industry/research partners with suitable use-cases.

The applicant should be interested in investigating potential applications from different sectors to port them and develop proof of concepts based on existing quantum algorithmic methods, adapt them and develop new ones as required. The range of targeted domains will include chemistry, natural language processing, optimisation and machine learning.

Qualifications/ Skills:

Applicants must have a PhD or Masters Qualification in computer science, quantum physics, or a related discipline, or equivalent experience (min. 5+ yrs.).

Essential Requirements:

Experience in quantum programming and software development on at least one of the platforms from among IBM, Rigetti, Intel, Atos, Google, etc..
Experience with quantum algorithms/applications in one or more of the following areas: optimisation, chemistry, machine learning, natural language processing, many-body simulation.
Good knowledge of quantum information systems and theory.
Experience in one or more of the following languages: Python, C, C++, Julia.
Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team with academic, research and industry partners.
Demonstrate logical and thorough approach to technical problem determination.
Excellent communication and organizational skills.


Knowledge of quantum algorithm development, circuit optimisation, noise models and quantum memory models.
Experience with parallel programming for multi-core, many-core and multi-node environments on distributed- and shared-memory systems.
Exposure to one or more of MPI, OpenMP, CUDA, OpenCL.
Exposure to techniques and tools for machine/deep learning, particularly NLP.

Salary: €42,200 - €45,942 per annum

Start date: Position is available from 1st October 2020.

Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans.

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway.

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Further information about ICHEC is available at www.ichec.ie. Informal enquiries concerning the post can be directed to Lee O’Riordan (lee.oriordan@ichec.ie).

To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter, CV, and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to recruit@ichec.ie. Please put reference number NUIG 116-20 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 4.00 pm (Irish time) Friday 21st August 2020

Interviews are planned for week 31st August 2020

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment.

We reserve the right to readvertise or extend the closing date for this post.

National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.