Open Rank - Physics Researchers

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Education
Posted on September 4, 2021
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Job Description

We invite applications for postdoctoral associate or senior research associate positions in theoretical Quantum Information Science in the Physics Department of Virginia Tech.

The focus of these positions will be on (i) the development and benchmarking of quantum simulation and optimization algorithms, with the opportunity to test these theoretical results on cloud quantum processors (Virginia Tech is in IBM's Q Hub, which provides access to 20+ qubit devices) and (ii) the design of protocols for quantum repeater networks.

The successful candidates will join a vibrant research environment in the quantum information group at Virginia Tech. There will be plenty of opportunities for collaboration with other members of the group and with some of the leading experimental and theory groups around the world. Our group is part of the newly established DOE Quantum Center “Codesign for quantum advantage” (https://www.bnl.gov/quantumcenter/), and there will be opportunities for collaboration with the researchers of the center. The Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associate positions will also involve opportunities for travel (once scientific travel is restored and safe) to present in conferences and to collaborate with other groups. Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associates will conduct research in the above areas and disseminate results in journal publications and conference presentations. Senior Research Associates will have additional responsibilities with mentoring the junior group members and potentially assisting the PIs with grant management.

Required Qualifications

- Postdoctoral associate applicants must hold a Ph.D. in either Quantum Information Science, Theoretical Condensed Matter, AMO Physics or a closely related field. PhD must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.
- Senior research associate applicants must have a Ph.D. in either Quantum Information Science, Theoretical Condensed Matter, AMO Physics or a closely related field. Prior postdoctoral experience. A strong background in Quantum Mechanics and programming skills are necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

- Knowledge of concepts and techniques from Quantum Information Science
- Experience with Python and Mathematica

Appointment Type

Restricted

Review Date

7/15/2021

Additional Information

Required documents:
Letter of application addressing the applicant's qualifications for this position
CV
Names of three references

Also make note that three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Prof. Sophia Economou at economou@vt.edu and Prof. Edwin Barnes at efbarnes@vt.edu.

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Jackie Woodyard at woodyaj@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.