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?
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.
- 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.
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
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.