Research Associate in quantum simulation for new quantum materials at Imperial College, London

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Application deadline: 

Friday, June 28, 2019

- Job description
Applications are invited for a Research Associate position within the Quantum Optics and Laser Science Group of the Department of Physics. You will work on the newly established Samsung-Imperial project “Quantum Simulation and Algorithms for New Quantum Materials”.

The duties will include identifying concrete problems, developing new algorithms and implementation schemes for quantum simulations. You will have direct access to the IBM Q quantum computer with currently up to 49 qubits. In this interdisciplinary project, you will work as part of a dedicated team of two Research Associates and four PhD students led by Professor Myungshik Kim, Professor Peter Haynes, Dr Johannes Knolle, Professor Sir Peter Knight and Dr. Florian Mintert, Professor Matthew Foulkes, and Dr Mario Berta at Imperial, and Professor Sougato Bose at UCL.

The closing date for applications is 28 June 2019. Application is available at

- Job Summary
• Job title: Research Associate
• Contract type: Full time, fixed term (2 years from 1 July 2019)
• Salary: £37,486 – £46,499
• Closing date: 28 June 2019
• Reference: NAT00462

- Essential Requirements
You will have a PhD in one of the following areas:
• Theory of Quantum Many-Body Systems;
• Simulation of Quantum Materials;
• Electronic Structure Calculations; or
• Quantum Information and Quantum Algorithms.

You will also be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Evidence of outstanding promise and originality in research, demonstrated by a good publication record, in at least one of the above areas, commensurate with your career stage, as well as a strong interest in, and the ability to learn about, the others.
• Proven research experience in programming and numerical methods for quantum many-body systems, quantum chemistry or quantum information.
• The ability to work independently and collaboratively.

In addition to above, the following would be advantageous:
• Proven research experience in quantum simulations
• Knowledge of Quantum Many-Body Theory, Quantum Chemistry and/or Quantum Materials
• Knowledge of Quantum Simulations and Quantum Information

- Further information
* Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £34,397 - £37,486 per annum.
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