Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Quantum Computing Theory

University of Bristol
Bristol, United Kingdom
£33,797 - £42,792
Apr 11, 2021
Apr 13, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
The role

The post-holder(s) will perform cutting-edge academic research on the theory of quantum computation. Areas of particular interest include, but are not restricted to: quantum algorithms and their underpinning mathematics; verification/testing of quantum devices; architectures for quantum computers; applications of quantum computers; quantum computational complexity and Hamiltonian complexity; algorithms for simulation of quantum systems.

What will you be doing?

Research Responsibilities

Aspects to which the post-holder could contribute, depending on research interests and expertise, include:
  • Development of new efficient quantum algorithms or communication protocols for practically relevant computational problems;
  • Design of methods for verification/testing of near-term quantum devices;
  • Design of techniques for simulation of quantum-mechanical systems using a quantum computer;
  • Characterisation of the complexity of problems in many-body quantum physics and quantum information theory;
  • Analysis/development of architectures for quantum computers;
  • Development of new mathematical tools and underpinning theory, e.g. within quantum query or communication complexity.

The post-holder will be expected to have a high degree of autonomy within the overall framework of the project.

Administration Responsibilities
  • Write academic papers and give internal and external talks and seminars.
  • Contribute to organisation of internal academic activities (e.g. seminars, group meetings).
  • Perform any other reasonable tasks that contribute positively to the success of quantum information research at Bristol.

Teaching Responsibilities
  • As this role is a Pathway 2 (Research) role, there are no formally specified teaching duties required of the post-holder. However, other commitments permitting, the post-holder will be invited to make some contribution to teaching within the School of Mathematics, for example by taking small-group undergraduate tutorials.

You should apply if

  • PhD in the theory of quantum computation or quantum information, or otherwise evidence of expertise in this area.
  • A strong record of publications in high-quality international conferences and journals.
  • A good understanding of the relevant research literature.
  • Able to articulate ideas clearly and logically.
  • Able to complete high-quality academic publications.
  • Able to work with others in a team and also independently.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • An enthusiasm for learning.

  • An interest in the design of algorithms, the theory of computational complexity, the theory of verification of software or hardware, or other aspects of theoretical computer science.
  • An interest in real-world near-term or long-range applications of quantum computers.
  • Papers in high-quality international quantum information conferences (e.g. QIP / QCTIP / TQC / AQIS).
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to take a primary role in organizing and running research projects.
  • An enthusiasm to work in a multidisciplinary group and share knowledge and skills

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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