Ref. No.
NUIG RES 095-22
Closing Date
May 9, 2022

Quantum Computational Scientist (NEASQC 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 European Quantum Flagship project NEASQC (

The position is available immediately, with flexibility to partly work from home in Ireland at our Dublin or Galway office.


Job Description:

The successful candidate will work on the European Quantum Flagship project NEASQC ( as a part of the ICHEC Quantum Computing (QC) Activity 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 successful candidate will

  • Conduct R&D in quantum-enabled NLP and ML algorithms and software libraries targeting NISQ systems;
  • Work in close collaboration with project partners at Atos and Tilde (, and external partners from research organisations and industry;
  • Interact with other tasks and project partners to gather requirements, discuss design and implementation;
  • Contribute to developing learning material and tutorials for training courses;
  • Have the opportunity to contribute to other quantum computing projects and skills development activities at ICHEC at national and European levels;

This is a role for a highly motivated problem-solver, with a creative and analytical mind to build new solutions that will have a global impact.


Qualifications/Skills required:

Essential Requirements:

  1. Ph.D. in a domain relevant to Quantum Information Processing or Quantum Computing OR A Master’s degree with 3+ years’ work experience in relevant to Quantum Information Processing or Quantum Computing
  2. Experience in quantum-enabled machine learning and/or natural language processing algorithms.
  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 other quantum algorithms targeting physics or chemistry systems or optimisation.
  2. Experience with modelling and simulating physics-based systems, or quantum computer/simulator modelling or noise characterisation
  3. Knowledge of working on HPC systems, CI/CD pipeline and tools.
  4. Exposure to Agile/PRINCE2 project management frameworks.


Salary: €39,522 to €46,907 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 095 -22 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is May 9, 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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