Research Associate/Senior Research Associate in Quantum Computing Theory

open until filled
Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Quantum Information & Computation
University of Bristol
Bristol, United Kingdom
£33,797 - £42,792 GBP

The role
The post-holder(s) will perform cutting-edge academic research on the theory of quantum computation. Areas of particular interest include, but are not restricted to: quantum algorithms and their underpinning mathematics; verification/testing of quantum devices; architectures for quantum computers; applications of quantum computers; quantum computational complexity and Hamiltonian complexity; algorithms for simulation of quantum systems.

What will you be doing?
Research Responsibilities

Aspects to which the post-holder could contribute, depending on research interests and expertise, include:

  • Development of new efficient quantum algorithms or communication protocols for practically relevant computational problems;
  • Design of methods for verification/testing of near-term quantum devices;
  • Design of techniques for simulation of quantum-mechanical systems using a quantum computer;
  • Characterisation of the complexity of problems in many-body quantum physics and quantum information theory;
  • Analysis/development of architectures for quantum computers;
  • Development of new mathematical tools and underpinning theory, e.g. within quantum query or communication complexity.
  • The post-holder will be expected to have a high degree of autonomy within the overall framework of the project.

Administration Responsibilities

Write academic papers and give internal and external talks and seminars.
Contribute to organisation of internal academic activities (e.g. seminars, group meetings).
Perform any other reasonable tasks that contribute positively to the success of quantum information research at Bristol.
Teaching Responsibilities

As this role is a Pathway 2 (Research) role, there are no formally specified teaching duties required of the post-holder. However, other commitments permitting, the post-holder will be invited to make some contribution to teaching within the School of Mathematics, for example by taking small-group undergraduate tutorials.

You should apply if

  • PhD in the theory of quantum computation or quantum information, or otherwise evidence of expertise in this area.
  • A strong record of publications in high-quality international conferences and journals.
  • A good understanding of the relevant research literature.
  • Able to articulate ideas clearly and logically.
  • Able to complete high-quality academic publications.
  • Able to work with others in a team and also independently.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • An enthusiasm for learning.


  • An interest in the design of algorithms, the theory of computational complexity, the theory of verification of software or hardware, or other aspects of theoretical computer science.
    An interest in real-world near-term or long-range applications of quantum computers.
    Papers in high-quality international quantum information conferences (e.g. QIP / QCTIP / TQC / AQIS).
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to take a primary role in organizing and running research projects.
  • An enthusiasm to work in a multidisciplinary group and share knowledge and skills

Additional information

Please Note: This is a “rolling advert” with a nominal close date only. Applications are welcome at any time and the timing of the selection process will be dependent on the applications received.

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

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