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Senior Researcher

The University of Edinburgh - College of Science and Engineering / School of Informatics

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £45,585 to £54,395 (A revised salary range for this grade of £48,350 to £59,421 is planned to take effect from Spring 2024)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st February 2024
Closes: 19th March 2024
Job Ref: 9791

Contract type: Full time (35 hours per week)

 Fixed-term: Available for 24 months (with the potential for extension subject to the availability of additional funding)

The School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh invites applications for for a Senior Researcher position (Senior Postdoc) in Quantum algorithms. This role is to be a part of the Quantum Software Lab (QSL, link: https://www.quantumsoftwarelab.com), in collaboration with the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC, link: https://www.nqcc.co.uk). The purpose is to enhance the research capabilities of this research group, known for its high-quality research in quantum informatics at the University of Edinburgh. The QSL currently comprises approximately 40 core members, including eight permanent staff, under the leadership of Prof. Elham Kashefi, Personal Chair in Quantum Computing and the Chief Scientist at the NQCC.

We strongly encourage applications from female researchers, minority ethnic groups, first generation academics/STEM and other underrepresented groups in academia. We also are very open to applications from those with non-traditional career paths, including those with family, caring or health career breaks, or those who have moved to academia from a career in another sector.

The Opportunity:

The successful candidate will drive efforts to develop algorithms for near-future quantum computers, and will lead QSL collaborations that target real-world use cases for quantum processing as core part of the Quantum Advantage Pathfinder (QAP) programme consists of a replicable and scalable framework for conducting use case driven investigations into practical quantum application. They will collaborate with government, industry, and academia to develop full-stack solutions that meet the needs of our economy and society.
The post offers an active role in steering projects to a position of international leadership in the field. The successful candidate should be able to supervise other students and junior researchers in the team and have extensive experience driving forward multidisciplinary research projects.

This post is full-time (35 hours per week), however, we are open to considering part-time or flexible working patterns. We are also open to considering requests for hybrid working (on a non-contractual basis) that combines a mix of remote and regular on-campus working. 

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • PhD (or near completion) in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, or related field.
  • Familiarity with state-of-the-art quantum machine learning or optimization techniques
  • Experience and evidence of effective independent research work within an interdisciplinary team. More broadly, demonstrated ability to lead, design and complete research projects, to solve problems independently and make original contributions to research.
  • A track record of first author and collaborative publication in high-quality journals or conferences, including in quantum computing literature.
  • Excellence in written and oral communication, analytical, planning, and time management skills
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