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Research Assistant/Associate in Quantum Computing (Fixed Term)

We hope to be able to appoint a Research Assistant/Research Associate, subject to funding, to work on a project in conjunction with Oxford University and Cambridge Quantum Computing Ltd (CQC). CQC is an independent Quantum Computing company that designs and builds tools for the commercialisation of quantum technologies. Cited by Bloomberg as one of the top 50 innovators in its survey published in Feb 2016 and by CB Insight as a "game changer" in their survey of Nov 2016.

The project is to develop software capable of converting a quantum algorithm into machine code that can be executed on Oxford's NQIT hardware. Given a particular network (such as a two-dimensional grid) and a quantum algorithm, the compiler would output a sequence of basic instructions for the hardware to implement. This will help NQIT demonstrate its capabilities as a useful quantum computer using a compiler that has been optimised to fit the hardware.

The results of the project will inform future directions of experimental work. The choice of network graph will be a parameter in the compiler making it easy to evaluate, for example, how much connectivity is useful. In addition, given physically motivated constraints on the network, we will seek to optimise the network connections.

The role holder's time will be based 50% within DAMTP and 50% at CQC and they will collaborate with a hugely talented team to contribute to the product development. They will have scientific direction from leading researchers from Cambridge and Oxford Universities, work with CQC's chief technology officer who has experience developing the Linux kernel, and be part of a highly motivated group of talented graduates and post graduates.

With the freedom to think independently and creatively this is an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to build their career. Being part of a small team the role holder will have responsibility for the entire development process through research, design, programming and testing.

Duties include developing and conducting individual and collaborative research objectives, proposals and projects. The role holder will be expected to plan and manage their own research and administration, with guidance if required, and to assist in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies. You must be able to communicate material of a technical nature and be able to build internal and external contacts.

The successful candidate will have a PhD or a 2:1 or higher degree from a top university in a Science, Mathematics, Computer Science or Engineering subject. They will also have coding experience in C/C++ or the willingness to learn. The role holder must have the ability to understand technical and advanced material and translate this into code. They must be comfortable working in a team, and be able to communicate ideas and write code that can be understood by others and builds on the wider project. The ability to work independently and manage their time is essential, along with having good critical and logical thinking.

To be appointed as a Research Associate you will have received your PhD. The salary if appointed as a Research Associate will be £30,175 - £38,183 per annum. The salary if appointed as a Research Assistant will be £25,298 - £29,301 per annum.

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To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please indicate the contact details of two academic referees on the online application form and upload a full curriculum vitae, cover letter and a description of your recent research (not to exceed three pages). Please ensure that at least one of your referees is contactable at any time during the selection process, and is made aware that they will be contacted by the Mathematics HR Office Administrator to request that they upload a reference for you to our Web Recruitment System; and please encourage them to do so promptly.

Limit of tenure: The funds for this post are expected to be up to 1 year.

Closing date for applications: 29th July 2017

Please quote reference LE12556 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The Department would particularly welcome applications from women, since women are, and have historically been, underrepresented on our research staff.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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