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Quantum Computing - Postdoctoral Researcher

Entry Level | Full-time
Postdoctoral/Fellowship | livermore, CA | 03/14/2023

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Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.


$108,840 Annually

Job Description

We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to perform theoretical and computational research in the field of quantum computing focusing on Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) applications. You will join an interdisciplinary team of experts in fusion energy, quantum information science, and quantum hardware that are working to develop, implement, and demonstrate the performance of quantum algorithms relevant to FES. You will develop new quantum algorithms for FES applications, numerical simulations that characterize the performance of these algorithms, and implementations of these algorithms for present-day quantum computing hardware platforms, including the LLNL Quantum Development and Integration Testbed (QuDIT) platform. This position is in the Fusion Energy Sciences Program’s Theory and Modeling group within the Physics Division.

In this role you will 

  • Conduct research on the development of quantum algorithms for FES applications.
  • Simulate the performance of these algorithms on present-day quantum computing platforms that lack active error correction, including the effects of decoherence.
  • Implement quantum algorithms on available quantum computing platforms and collect experimental results of these calculations.
  • Interpret and compare the results of calculations performed on quantum hardware to theoretical expectations and simulations.
  • Contribute to and actively participate in the conception, design, and execution of research to address defined problems.
  • Collaborate with others in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
  • Pursue independent and complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally to the Laboratory.
  • Organize, analyze, and publish research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals and present results at conferences, workshops, seminars, and technical meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • PhD in Physics or related discipline.
  • Experience developing quantum algorithms, working with quantum computing hardware platforms, and/or theoretical modeling of quantum physical systems.
  • Experience developing and applying theoretical and computational models to the simulation of quantum and/or classical physical systems and analyzing and interpreting the results of the models.
  • Ability to perform independent research and find innovative solutions to scientific and technical problems as demonstrated through publication of peer-reviewed literature.
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills needed to effectively present and explain technical information.
  • Initiative and interpersonal skills necessary to collaborate effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment

Qualifications We Desire

  • Programming proficiency in Python, C++, Fortran, and/or other programming and scripting languages.
  • Knowledge of quantum compiler/transpiler languages such as qiskit, pyquil, and/or T-ket.
  • Expertise in quantum algorithms, quantum information theory, quantum computing hardware platforms, and the analysis of the results of quantum computations.
  • Knowledge of advanced theoretical and numerical methods for the simulation of both quantum and classical physical systems.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.




Position Information

This is a Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years, open to those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.

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Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We are an equal opportunity employer that is committed to providing all with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

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