- Job Title: Trapped Ion Physicist- Quantum Computing
- Location: RAL, Harwell Campus- Oxfordshire
- Contract: Open Ended
- Number of Positions: Up to 5
- Salary: Band E midpoint, Up to £44,166 Gross per Annum *
- Reports To: Trapped Ions Hardware Technology Development Manager
- Hours: Full-time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)
*Specialist Allowances, which are a form of additional pay independent of salary, may be applicable for this role for suitably qualified candidates.
As part of the UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is leading a programme to establish a National Quantum Computing Centre, which includes a commitment of £93m over 5 years, dedicated to drive development in the field of Quantum Computing and to place the UK at the forefront of the field. The Centre is a joint initiative of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
A purpose-built National Quantum Computing Centre will be built and operated by UKRI at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) campus in Oxfordshire. The Centre will be open and operational by December 2022. Until then, the NQCC’s activities are taking place in other facilities on the Harwell Campus or at partnering institutions. The NQCC will sit alongside other departments within the STFC National Laboratories and will be part of the broader National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP).
The primary purpose of the NQCC is to fill a key gap in the research and innovation landscape addressing the challenge of scaling quantum computing. However, this technology is immature and extensive development work is needed to scale the fundamental science to provide usable computing systems.
The NQCC’s initial 5 years will focus on developing a Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ) machine to demonstrate the technology as well as software, algorithm and applications development. The longer-term aim is to scale the technology towards an error and noise-free fault-tolerant machine capability with benchmarking and verification demonstrated in collaboration with the UK and international partners. The NQCC will give assured and direct access to early prototype machines to developers and promote the formation of a strong UK-based quantum computing supply chain.
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%), 30 days annual leave allowance plus 10.5 bank holiday/privilege days and a number of other benefits.
Skills and Experience Required
- Technical knowledge in quantum computing
- Experience in ion trapping. Previous neutral atom trapping experience is also applicable at partial credit
- Experience in working in a laboratory or R&D environment
- Strong communication skills and the ability to influence internal staff and end user
- The post holder needs to be a proactive, self-motivated person, able to work in a dynamic environment
- Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team, but also demonstrate autonomy within their area of responsibility
- Quality of cover letter
- Experience in “trapped ion chip modelling & design” or “high fidelity ion trap microwave-based gates”
- Experience in working with lasers, optics, cavity frequency locks, and imaging systems
- Experience in development and test of trapped ion qubit devices
- Knowledge of scaling, a quantum programming language, and control systems for ion-based quantum computers
How to Apply
- Online applications are only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application.
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- Organisation: Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) – Scientific Computing Department
- Contract Type: Open Ended
- External Closing Date: Nov 28, 2021
- Minimum Salary: Pound Sterling (GBP) 44,166
- Hours: Full-time