Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantum Theory for Early Quantum Computers, University of Oxford

The Oxford-based group of Professor Simon Benjamin (see is looking for an exceptionally talented and motivated theorist to join the team. The successful applicant will perform research in one or more of the following topics: quantum algorithms, compilers, architectures, and error tolerance protocols. Close interaction is anticipated with experimental groups across the UK, and internationally.

A completed doctorate in a relevant field is a requirement (candidates who have submitted a thesis and are awaiting their viva may apply). The successful applicant will have demonstrated a very high level of ability for theoretical research in quantum computing or a closely related area.

This position is supported by two sources: (1) The UK National Hub in Quantum Computing and Simulation. This is a new collaboration involving multiple universities UK wide as well as international industry and academic collaborators, and covers all approaches to quantum computing (superconducting, ion trap, silicon, diamond and others); (2) An EU Flagship project called AQTION which relates to quantum computing with ion traps.

Prior work with any specific type of quantum device is not required, and much of the research will apply to multiple hardware platforms. The research will involve both analytical ‘pen and paper’ studies as well as numerical simulations using conventional computing systems; it is also expected that use of prototype quantum computers will be involved (remotely, through e.g. an online interface, rather than in the lab).

All applications must be made online. You will be required to upload a CV and a supporting statement as part of your application. Please do not attach any manuscripts, papers, transcripts, mark sheets or certificates as these will not be considered as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 29 November 2019. Interviews are scheduled to take place at the Department of Materials on the 11th December 2019. Shortlisted candidates must be available on this date, either by Skype or in person. Please note in normal circumstances only interview travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.

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