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2 x Senior Post-Doctoral / Post-Doctoral Researcher in Theoretical Physics (Quantum Computing)

Maynooth University, Department of Theoretical Physics

Maynooth University
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Department of Theoretical Physics
Senior /or Post-Doctoral Researcher x 2 (Quantum Computing)(Contract until 30/9/2023)
The Role
We are seeking to appoint an energetic and enthusiastic Senior Post-doctoral Researcher in Theoretical Physics to work on theoretical aspects of quantum computing as a part of the project “Quantum Computing in Ireland: A Software Platform for Multiple Qubit Technologies” (QCoIr) funded by Enterprise Ireland within the Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund. QCoIr is the largest quantum computing project in Ireland which is coordinated by IBM and involves a number of academic as well as industrial partners. This strategically important partnership makes Department of Theoretical Physics at Maynooth University an excellent place to pursue theoretical physics research in quantum computation in collaboration with relevant experimental efforts as well as to explore its technological applications. In the project, Maynooth University provides theoretical physics expertise to multiple work packages which involve collaborations primarily with Tyndall National Institute, Rockley Photonics and IBM.
The successful candidate will join the group of Prof. Jiri Vala and will be working in a close collaboration primarily with IBM.
Principal Duties
Principal duties involve theoretical research in quantum computing. This may include theory underpinning development of quantum algorithms for near-term quantum computers, their applications in quantum optimization and quantum simulation, and also their implementation in quantum development environment such as IBM Qiskit for example. It is expected that this work will be carried out in a close collaboration primarily with IBM.
Responsibilities will include:
* Participating and contributing to all meetings of relevant research teams;
* Providing regular contributions to relevant project reports;
* Presentations to the project management and funding bodies.
The ideal candidate will have:
* To be appointed at the grade of Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher, candidates must have a minimum of two years post-doctoral experience in a relevant field.
* The candidate must have PhD in theoretical physics, or closely related subject such as computer science or mathematics for example;
* Research experience in quantum computing strongly supported by an appropriate publication record;
* Research experience in numerical simulations in general and quantum systems in particular;
* Excellent IT skills and programming experience, particularly in Python and C/C++;
* Experience with software development platforms/environment such as GitHub;
* Experience with the IBM quantum development environment Qiskit.
Terms and Conditions
This is a full time fixed term position till September 30th, 2023.
Data Protection Law
Maynooth University will process any personal data provided by you in connection with an application for this role in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Acts 2018.
If your application is successful and you accept an offer of employment at Maynooth University, then your personal data will continue to be processed in accordance with Maynooth University’s Staff Data Privacy Notice.
Both the privacy notices and further information relating to data protection, including Maynooth University’s other data protection policies and processes, can be viewed at https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/data-protection
Selection and Appointment
* Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend for interview which will be carried out remotely using suitable teleconference means;
* Candidates invited for interview will be required to make a brief presentation remotely using suitable teleconference means;
* It is anticipated that interviews will be held in mid-June 2022.
* The appointment is expected to be effective from 1st August 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Salary
Post-Doctoral Researcher: €39,132 per annum (with annual increments)
Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher: €46,442 per annum (with annual increments)
Appointment will be made in accordance with the Department of Finance pay guidelines.
Application Procedure
Closing Date:
23:30hrs (local Irish time) on Sunday, 5 June 2022
Please note all applications must be made via our Online Recruitment Portal at the following link:
https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/human-resources/vacancies
Interested candidates should send a Curriculum Vitae, Publication List, and a brief Statement of Research Interests (maximum of 2 pages).
Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified above. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system.
Late applications will not be accepted.
Department
The Department of Theoretical Physics at Maynooth University was established in 1960 as the Department of Mathematical Physics, building on a tradition of natural science in Maynooth that stretches back to the founding of the college in 1795.
The strong and thriving research environment in the Department is evidenced by its extensive network of international collaborations and by its continuing success in securing external funding. It has a long tradition in quantum information and computation which has recently culminated in strategically important partnership in the project “Quantum Computing in Ireland: A Software Platform for Multiple Qubit Technologies” (QCoIr) funded by Enterprise Ireland within the Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund which is coordinated by IBM Ireland Ltd., and involves also Tyndall National Institute, Rockley Photonics Ireland Ltd., University College Dublin, Equal 1 Laboratories Ireland Ltd., and MasterCard Ireland Ltd. Other research strengths exist in quantum field theory, cosmology, topological aspects of high energy and condensed matter physics, lattice gauge theory, and strongly correlated systems.
The Department offers high quality education in theoretical physics and the associated mathematics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and hosts an active community of Ph.D. students and Post-doctoral fellows. It is also responsible for teaching of modules in mathematics for Engineering and Robotics students, and mathematics and physics for Product Design students.
The Department has excellent facilities on the Maynooth University North campus, including a dedicated computing laboratory. For more information on the Department, please visit https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/theoretical-physics
Faculty and Research Institutes
The Faculty of Science and Engineering comprises the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Experimental Physics, Theoretical Physics, Mathematics and Statistics, and Psychology. The role of the Faculty is to co-ordinate the academic activities of individual departments, to oversee the strategic development of departments, and to support interdepartmental activities and programmes. The University has also developed a number of interdisciplinary Institutes to support excellent research and to build research capacity across disciplines.
The University
Maynooth University) is a very distinctive university, a collegial institution focused on science and engineering, humanities, and social sciences, and equally committed to research, teaching and community engagement. Located in Ireland’s only university town, its distinctive features and character owe much to its unique history and heritage. It provides a high-quality educational experience to over 13,500 students on a campus with 18th century roots and 21st century dynamism.
The strategic trajectory and accomplishments of Maynooth University, in the twenty years since its establishment as an autonomous public university, are exceptional, and a source of great pride to the university community, staff, students and alumni. Maynooth University is now acknowledged to be one of the leading young universities in the world, ranked 43rd in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Young Universities’ list. Maynooth University’s growing global reputation is based on the originality, quality, importance and impact of its research and scholarship, commitment to teaching and learning, the quality of academic programmes, and its leadership in widening participation in higher education. The sources of success are the dedication of its staff and the energy and engagement of its students.
Maynooth University is a place of lively contrasts – a modern institution, dynamic, rapidly-growing, research-led and engaged, yet grounded in historic academic strengths and scholarly traditions. With over 13,500 students Maynooth offers a range of programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level in the humanities, science and engineering and social sciences, including business, law and education. The University also offers a range of international programmes and partnerships.
Maynooth’s unique collegial culture fosters an interdisciplinary approach to research, which its world- class academics bring to bear in tackling some of the most fundamental challenges facing society today. The University’s research institutes and centres consolidate and deliver this impact as vibrant communities of learning, discovery and creation. Research at Maynooth also is very much central to its teaching and the University prides itself on placing equal value on its research and teaching missions.
Principles and Values
Maynooth University is committed to the following values:
* Scholarly rigour;
* Academic freedom;
* Integrity and ethical behaviour;
* Collegiality, transparency and trust;
* Equality, inclusiveness and social justice;
* Operational excellence, organisational flexibility and responsiveness;
* Dignity, respect and care for the individual.
Strategy 2018 – 2022 The University’s Strategic Plan 2018-22 builds from a position of confidence. Maynooth University is a University with ambition, vision and values, a clear identity and sense of purpose, a history of achievement, and a future of considerable promise. The Strategy builds on the University’s accomplishments and concentrates institutional energy and resources on further development of research and postgraduate education.
For more information please visit http//www.maynoothuniversity.ie/about-us/university- strategic-plan
Equality and Diversity
Maynooth University values the enrichment that comes from a diverse community and seeks to promote equality, prevent discrimination and protect the human rights of each individual. To learn more about our commitment to Equality and Diversity, please read the Maynooth University Equality and Diversity Policy. Additionally, as an Athena SWAN Bronze Award Institute, we are committed to advancing gender equality across the University.
We aim to reflect the diversity of the community we serve and welcome applications from all individuals, in particular from people underrepresented in our workforce.
Maynooth University is an equal opportunities employer.
The position is subject to the Statutes of the University.

How to apply

Application Procedure Closing Date: 23:30hrs (local Irish time) on Sunday, 5 June 2022 Please note all applications must be made via our Online Recruitment Portal at the following link: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/human-resources/vacancies Interested candidates should send a Curriculum Vitae, Publication List, and a brief Statement of Research Interests (maximum of 2 pages). Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified above. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system. Late applications will not be accepted.

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Published on May 11, 2022

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