Quantum Theory Researcher

Job type: 


Application deadline: 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Position based in Toronto, Canada

About ORCA Computing:

ORCA Computing is a startup with a mission to build the world’s first useful quantum computer. ORCA’s multidisciplinary team of quantum scientists, engineers and mathematicians are combining single photons, optical fibres and off-the-shelf telecoms components to completely change the face of high-performance computing and networking. You will be highly intelligent and well trained in your area; creative and able to solve complex problems. We are relaxed and friendly, but know what it takes to get things done, and are not afraid to challenge each other to achieve the very heights of what is possible.

Job Description:

For our newly formed theory division located in Toronto, Canada, we are seeking an excellent research scientist to work on various theoretical aspects of quantum computer design and development. This involves, but is not limited to, development of new photonic-based quantum computing architectures, implementation of quantum algorithms to be compatible with the ORCA photonic design and development of tailored fault-tolerant error correcting codes. An important milestone on the way to the photonic fault-tolerant universal quantum computer is a noisy near-term device with limited fault tolerance capabilities. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to its development in close collaboration with the ORCA quantum hardware group.


We offer a friendly, collaborative and challenging work environment with benefits including a generous pension plan and holiday allowance. There are significant opportunities for learning and growth at the company as new, exciting responsibilities are provided to team members as the company progresses through different rounds of fundraising.

Principal Responsibilities:

- Research and development of fault-tolerant universal quantum architectures for the photonic platform,
- Studying the effect of hardware imperfections and their mitigation,
- Development of a near-term non-universal photonic device,
- Implementation and development of fault-tolerant error correcting codes and error suppression techniques,
- Implementing quantum algorithms,
- Taking responsibility for bringing theoretical projects to a successful completion,
- Work with other team members. This may include:
- proposal and patent writing,
- writing, publishing and presenting of research results,
- developing budgets for future work.

Job Requirements:

- PhD in Theoretical Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science.
- Track record of novel and successful problem solving in a research environment.
- Deep knowledge of quantum mechanics and quantum information theory.
- Familiarity with quantum optics would be an asset.
- Familiarity with discrete mathematics (graph theory), statistical physics or tensor networks would be considered an asset as well.
- Excellent scientific talent demonstrated through a strong publication record or references.
- Excellent problem solving skills, creative and analytical ability.
- Applicants should feel energised by the thought of working within a dynamic small business environment.
- Be a self-starter who is comfortable managing individual and/or group responsibilities and deadlines.
- Commercial or financial awareness (desirable).

To apply:

To apply, please send a cover letter and a copy of your CV/resume (including publication record) to: careers@orcacomputing.com