Ref. No.
Ref. No. NUIG RES 235-21
Closing Date
Friday December 3rd, 2021.

Junior Quantum Computational Scientist (Research Associate)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full time specific purpose position as a Junior Quantum Computational Scientist with the Irish Centre for High End Computing (ICHEC) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The successful candidate will work on a Euro CC project to develop the training material for the Quantum Programming Certification Course. The position is available immediately.  The candidate will be based at our offices in Dublin or Galway.

Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC)

ICHEC is Ireland’s national centre for High-Performance Computing (HPC) providing digital infrastructure capabilities and expertise through R&D engagements and skills development programmes to academia, industry and public sector organisations.

With a highly ambitious leading-edge Strategy for 2021-2025, ICHEC provides infrastructure services and expertise in HPC and data intelligence to develop efficient platforms, solutions and services based on technologies including AI, high performance data analytics, Earth Observation, quantum computing and cybersecurity across a number of sectors including environmental sciences, healthcare, agriculture, energy, financial services and ICT.

ICHEC works in close partnership with a number of national and international researchers, enterprises and public authorities for joint R&D, skills development, and provisioning HPC and data services to accelerate their digital transformation and green transition.

For more details reach out to our Centre Technical Manager Dr. Venkatesh Kannan, or visit www.ichec.ie.

Job Description & Duties:

The Junior Quantum Computational Scientist will be an integral member of the rapidly growing Quantum Computing (QC) Activity at ICHEC which is one of the leading QC programmes in Ireland and Europe, working in close collaboration with a number of national and international research groups and enterprise partners in the area of quantum computing technologies and its application.

The QC Activity at ICHEC focuses on:

  1. Development and operation of hybrid HPC-quantum computing/simulation platforms and software toolchains;
  2. R&D in quantum algorithms and software development;
  3. Training and skills development in quantum computing and programming.

The successful candidate will

  • have the opportunity to be involved in a number of R&D projects associated with the QC Activity, develop technical solutions, training courses, partnerships and proposals;
  • work closely with national and international research/industry partners who are QC technology developers and end-users for R&D in domains including (but not limited to) hybrid HPC-quantum systems, quantum-enabled chemistry, optimisation and machine learning;
  • assist the Centre in identifying and seeking new opportunities, partnerships and projects;
  • disseminate the outcomes of the projects through reports, publications, press releases and presentations at events;
  • prepare and deliver training courses to academic, industry and public sector audiences.

This is a role for a highly motivated problem-solver, with a creative and analytical mind, who is excited to leverage and drive the emerging field of Quantum Computing to build new solutions that will have a global impact.

Qualifications/Skills required:

Essential Requirements:

  1. A Master’s Degree in a domain relevant to Quantum Information Processing, Quantum Computing or a related discipline, with work experience in R&D projects or developing training courses.
  2. Experience in quantum programming and software development using at least one of the quantum software development toolkits/frameworks such as IBM Qiskit, Atos QLM, Intel-QS, Google Cirq, Xanadu Pennylane, or others.
  3. Exposure to quantum algorithms in at least one of the following areas: physics/chemistry systems, optimisation, machine learning, or others. Experience in other application areas is also welcome.
  4. Experience in at least one of the following languages: Python, C, C++, Julia, or similar.
  5. Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team with academic, research and industry partners, with excellent communication and organisational skills.

Desirable Requirements:

  1. Knowledge of quantum algorithm development, circuit optimisation, noise models and quantum memory models.
  2. Knowledge of working on HPC systems, CI/CD pipeline and tools.
  3. Exposure to Agile/PRINCE2 project management frameworks.

Salary: Starting at €38,632 per annum pro rata for shorter and/or part-time contracts (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply).

Start date: Position is available immediately.

Further information on research and working at NUI Galway is available on Research at NUI Galway Researchers at NUI Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans. NUI Galway provides continuing professional development supports for all researchers seeking to build their own career pathways either within or beyond academia.  Researchers are encouraged to engage with our Researcher Development Centre (RDC) upon commencing employment - see www.nuigalway.ie/rdc for further information.

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Further information about ICHEC is available at www.ichec.ie

Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to recruit@ichec.ie

To Apply:

Applications to include a 1-page covering letter summarising your suitability and motivation for the role, CV (max. 3 pages), and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in a single PDF only) to recruit@ichec.ie

Please put reference number NUIG RES 235-21 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday December 3rd, 2021.

Due to the University closure related to COVID-19, interviews may have to take place virtually and start dates may need to be delayed

All positions are recruited in line with Open, Transparent, Merit (OTM) and Competency based recruitment. National University of Ireland, Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

NUI Galway reserve the right to re-advertise or extend the closing date for this post.

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