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Postdoctoral positions in experimental quantum annealing

University of Waterloo

Two postdoctoral positions will soon become available at the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, in the area of quantum annealing with superconducting quantum devices. Both positions are with the Superconducting Quantum Devices group and will be supervised by Adrian Lupascu. The research is part of the project “Flux-based Quantum Speedup” (FluQS), an international collaboration including teams at University of Southern California, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory, University College London, the University of Saarland, MIT, Caltech, Harvard University, University of California (UC), Berkeley, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Northrop Grumman Corporation. The goal of FluQS is the development of a quantum annealing processor based on superconducting devices with the aim to investigate quantum speedup.

Applicants for these positions should hold a PhD degree in physics or electrical engineering. Preference will be given to candidates with prior research experience in one or more of the following areas: low temperature experiments using dilution refrigerators, microwave and low frequency electronics applied to quantum devices, design of superconducting quantum devices based on Josephson junctions, and nanofabrication of quantum devices. However, we will also consider candidates with expertise in related areas, such as quantum information, atomic physics, quantum optics, condensed matter, and quantum materials, if they have a strong commitment to making the transition to a new research field. Applicants should have a strong record of publications in highly recognized peer review journals.

The first of these positions will involve work done primarily at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Massachusetts whereas the second position will be based primarily at the University of Waterloo. Applicants for the first opening are required to be in a position to obtain security clearance for work at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and expected to follow the necessary steps to obtain clearance.

The appointment will be for one year with the possibility of renewal subject to continuation of the project funding and performance. The FluQS project funding will be initially available for one year, with further options for an additional four years (subject to satisfactory progress). The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. For the position based at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory the expected salary range is $65,000-$85,000 US and for the position based at the University of Waterloo the expected range is $CA 50,000-70,000 CAD.

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Please forward your curriculum vitae including a list of publications, and reference contact information to:

Adrian Lupascu
Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo

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