Postdoctoral positions in quantum annealing - University of Waterloo

Two postdoctoral positions are available at the Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo, in the area of quantum annealing. The positions are with the Superconducting Quantum Devices group and will be supervised by Adrian Lupascu. The research is part of an international collaboration, whose goal is the investigation of computational speedup in quantum annealing, with a focus on implementation of quantum annealers using superconducting devices.

This first position will involve work done primarily at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Massachusetts and will focus mainly on experiments with quantum annealing circuits. The second position will be based at University of Waterloo and will involve one or more of the following topics: the development of advanced annealing protocols, design of superconducting circuits for superconducting quantum annealing including qubits, many-body couplers and single and multi-qubit readout, and analysis of experimental results.

Applicants for these positions should hold a PhD degree in physics, electrical engineering, or computer science. Applicants should preferably have 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, nanofabrication of quantum devices, software development, superconducting device theory, spin physics, and quantum thermodynamics. However, we will consider candidates with expertise in other relevant areas, such as quantum information theory, 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-reviewed journals.

The appointment will be for one year with the possibility of renewal subject to continuation of the project funding and performance. The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

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, applicants for the first position need to be able to work in the United States and be in a position to obtain security clearance for work at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and are expected to follow the necessary steps to obtain clearance.

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

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