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Post-doctoral Research Associate in Quantum Computing Theory

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About us

University College London (UCL) is one of the foremost research centres in quantum computing in the UK. UCL’s Quantum Science and Technology Institute, UCLQ, has over 30 research groups in both theoretical and experimental research in Quantum Technologies.

Prof Dan Browne leads a large research group in the department of Physics and Astronomy work on the theory of quantum computation, with interests ranging from fault tolerant quantum computation and error correction, NISQ and near-term quantum computing to quantum architectures.

About the role

This post is a post-doctoral research position undertaking research into the potential for Quantum LDPC Codes to provide practical low overhead quantum computation.

The post is part of a recently funded EPSRC grant “Unlocking the potential of Quantum LDPC Codes for low-overhead fault-tolerance” and is key to delivering its outcomes. It is a collaboration with the research groups of Alastair Kay (Royal Holloway) and Ivan Rungger (Royal Holloway and NPL). The position is funded for 19 months in the first instance, until 31st March 2025.

Candidates will need to upload a CV (including a list of publications), a statement of research interests and plans (2 pages maximum), and the contact information for two references. Candidates whose research experience is not directly in quantum error correction should address this in their statement and explain why they are suitable for the role. A cover letter can be included using the “Statement in Support of your Application” section of the online form.

The full Job Description and Person Specification can be found in the “Available Documents” on the UCL jobs page.

About you

The successful applicant will have a PhD in the theory of quantum computing or a related discipline (e.g. theoretical physics, mathematics, theoretical computer science). They may have direct experience in quantum error correction, or they may be interested in moving into that area. For example, we would encourage candidates with classical error correction experience interested in applying their skills in the quantum setting to apply. Support will be provided in developing your knowledge in appropriate areas.

Candidates should also have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

What we offer

At UCL, we offer a competitive benefits package including 27 days annual leave plus six days (bank holidays are in addition), hybrid and flexible working, pension scheme, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme, enhanced maternity/ paternity/ adoption pay, workplace nursery, employee assistance programme and much more! For more information on our benefits, please visit our staff benefits webpage.

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world’s talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong.

You can read more about our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion here:

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

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