Ref. No.
NUIG RES 100-22
Closing Date
May 10, 2022

Quantum Computational Scientist (HPCQS project)

Postdoctoral Researcher / Research Associate

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time specific purpose position as a 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 the EuroHPC project HPC-QS. The position is available immediately, with flexibility to partly work from home in Ireland at our Dublin or Galway office.


Job Description:

The Quantum Computational Scientist will be an integral member of the 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.

Duties: The EuroHPC HPC-QS project is a partnership among Germany, France, Ireland, Austria, Italy and Spain. Over a period of 4 years, the consortium will integrate two quantum simulator devices into the PRACE Tier-0 supercomputers at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre at FZJ (Germany) and the GENCI system operated at CEA/TGCC. The project will accomplish a full-stack integration across hardware, algorithms, software and applications.

The successful candidate at ICHEC will work on one or both of the following tasks in the project:

  • Develop methods and software libraries for lattice model generation (for 1D, 2D and 3D systems) and simulate physics-based systems (Ising model, SSH, many-body quenched dynamics). This work will be carried out in collaboration with University of Innsbrück (Austria) and ParityQC (Austria).
  • Develop a model and software emulator of a neutral atoms-based quantum simulator hardware devices that will be procured and integrated in the project, which will consider noise characteristics. This work will be carried out in collaboration with the quantum simulator hardware vendor and CNR (Italy).

Additionally, the successful candidate will also:

  • have the opportunity to engage with other 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, research publications, press releases and presentations at events;
  • prepare and deliver training courses to academic researchers, 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 drive the emerging field of Quantum Computing to build new solutions that will have a global impact.


Qualifications/Skills required:

Essential Requirements:

  1. A Ph.D. graduate in a domain relevant to Quantum Information Processing, Quantum Computing or a related discipline OR Masters + 4 Years’ experience in a domain relevant to Quantum Information Processing, Quantum Computing or a related discipline
  2. Experience with at least one of the following areas:
    • Modelling and simulating physics-based systems
    • Quantum computing or simulation hardware modelling or noise characterisation
  3. Experience in quantum programming and software development toolkits/frameworks such as IBM Qiskit, Atos QLM, Intel-QS, Google Cirq, Xanadu Pennylane, or others.
  4. Experience in at least one of the following languages: Python, C, C++, Julia, or similar.

Desirable Requirements:

  1. Experience with developing quantum algorithms targeting physics/chemistry systems, optimisation, machine learning, or others.
  2. Knowledge of working on HPC systems, CI/CD pipeline and tools.
  3. Exposure to Agile/PRINCE2 project management frameworks.


Salary: €46,907 (IUA scale PD2/1) to €51,036 (IUA scale PD2/4) 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 for further information.

For information on moving to Ireland please see Further information about ICHEC is available at Informal enquiries concerning the post may be made to


To Apply:

Applications to include a 1-page motivation letter, CV (max. 3 pages), and the contact details of three referees should be sent, via e-mail (in a single PDF only) to

Please put reference number NUIG RES 100-22 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 10th May 2022


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 readvertise or extend the closing date for this post.

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