Fermilab, Fermilab Quantum Institute

3900 15222
Position ID:FNAL-Fermilab Quantum Institute-PAQP [#15222]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate(Quantum Physics)
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Batavia, Illinois 60510, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Physics / Quantum Computing, Mathematical Physics, Quantum Information Science, Theoretical Physics
High Energy Physics
Appl Deadline:2019/11/19 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2019/10/22, finished 2020/05/24, listed until 2020/12/31)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications is accepted. ***

We Are:

Fermilab is America’s premier laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.  We support discovery science experiments in Illinois and South Dakota and locations around the world, including Canada, mountaintops in Arizona and Chile, and the South Pole.

The Fermilab Quantum Science Program is seeking graduating PhDs in the fields of Physics and/or Quantum Computing for a postdoctoral position to work on quantum computing (QC) in the area of large scale simulation of quantum devices with high-performance computing (HPC) and high-energy physics (HEP) style analysis. While the successful candidate will be based at Fermilab, there will be strong collaboration with researchers at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and use of HPC resources at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF). 

The appointment will be for two years with the possibility of renewal, subject to continuation of the project funding and performance.


You Will

  • Collaborate with superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavity-based qubit experts to learn parameters for designing hardware and noise models.
  • Enhance quantum simulator code to add hardware and noise models. You may also make general improvements to the simulator code for ease of use. 
  • Integrate quantum algorithms relevant to HEP into simulator to demonstrate utility of multi-qubit SRF cavity system. 
  • Assemble infrastructure for large scale analysis on HPC at Argonne Leadership Computing Facility.
  • Analyze results with modern tools on HPC systems. You will also write a paper and give presentations.

  • Abide by and is responsible for performing all activities in accordance with all environmental, health, and safety regulations and practices.

We Are Looking For

  • Ph.D. in Quantum Physics, Theoretical Physics, High Energy Physics, Mathematical Physics, Quantum Information Sciences or other relevant degree

  • Programming experience with C or C++ and Python required

  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Have a record of peer-reviewed journal publications

  • Creative and independent problem-solving skills

  • One or more of the following are desirable/preferred:

    • Knowledge of how to model quantum devices

    • Knowledge of quantum simulators

    • Knowledge of quantum algorithms

    • Familiarity with HPC systems

    • Experience with large scale analysis systems with modern software tools (Jupyter, SciPy, R, and/or Julia)

    • Knowledge of cavity QED devices

    • Prior research experience in one or more of the following areas: quantum information, quantum algorithms, or quantum optics

    • Experience in other areas of theoretical or experimental physics combined with a commitment to transition to a new field of research may also be considered

We respect, understand and value individual differences that embody the principles of diversity, and abide by all environment, safety, and health regulations. Successful candidates will join a team with deeply held commitments to these principles and will be expected to share in these commitments.



Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit, via Academic Jobs Online (AJO): 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) research statement, 4) publication list and 5) three reference letters (to be submitted by the reference writers at the AJO site).





For general information about this position, please contact Adam Lyon at lyon@fnal.gov or Jim Kowalkowski at jbk@fnal.gov .



Physical Activity and Work Conditions

HUMAN FACTORS: Mental Concentration, Sitting, Tight Work Schedule, and Visually Demanding.


In addition, the ability to travel by automobile and/or commercial air carrier both domestically and internationally may be required.



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Fermilab is America’s particle physics and accelerator laboratory.

Fermilab is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
PO Box 500 MS 234
Batavia, IL 60510

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