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Research Scientist, Quantum Algorithms and Software

VTT Technical Research Center of Finland

Are you interested in quantum algorithms and software and looking for a new job opportunity in the field?
VTT is one of the leading research organizations in Europe and we are operating the largest R&D cleanroom in the Nordic countries, located in Micronova premises, Espoo. We develop innovative on-chip micro, nano and quantum systems driven, especially, by different sensing and computing applications. We work with global industrial and academic players of different fields of technology. What unites us at VTT are the curiosity, passion of learning and devotion to finding solutions to global challenges.
We are looking for an ambitious and results oriented researcher with a strong background in quantum algorithms and software. As a researcher at VTT, you will have a key role in the development of new quantum algorithms with the focus in real-world problems and applications. You identify and solve problems independently and creatively, while working closely and flexibly with a team of experts. You focus on the design and details of the problems, but ideally you understand the big picture and can provide input at all stages.
In this position, you have the opportunity to work with colleagues who develop cutting-edge superconducting hardware for quantum computers. VTT and IQM are developing Finland’s first quantum computer that will be available for quantum algorithm development. VTT is a member of leading European quantum technology research projects (OpenSuperQ, QMiCS) as well as national initiatives (e.g. Quantum Technology Finland).
With us, you will be responsible for:
– Identifying classically hard but quantumly easy problems in customer use cases
– Developing quantum algorithms for use case problems
– Evaluating algorithms on quantum platforms
– Estimating the scaling of the algorithms towards real benefit
– Communicating and solving problems in tight collaboration with colleagues at VTT and with external partners. 
– Participating in and maybe leading project preparations
Who we are looking for:
– Master’s degree or Ph.D. in physics, mathematics or computer science.
– At least 2 years of experience in research on quantum algorithms and software
– Solid knowhow in quantum algorithms (e.g. search, quantum ML, variational)
– Experience of applying existing algorithm families or developing new algorithms
Ideally, your background includes the following
– Understanding of different quantum computing principles and programming of existing quantum computing platforms (e.g. superconducting, ion trap, photonic, annealing)
– Applying quantum computing for practical applications (e.g. optimisation, simulation, electron structure, quantum chemistry, graph problems)
– Preparing and leading research projects
As a person, you strive for excellent results but also prioritize and make pragmatic choices. You are focused and systematic. You contribute to a positive team spirit and prioritize the needs of the team high. You are hard working but you also communicate, collaborate, and delegate effectively. You are eager to work with new topics with open-minded and curious attitude. You are able to bring clarity over complexity and identify the essential bottle necks. In addition, you have the ability and patience to tolerate uncertainty and unexpected outcomes. 
What we offer you
– Visionary work in technology. We offer positions at the cutting-edge of technology and engineering from next generation microelectronics and quantum technology to automation and robotics, energy systems and more. Our research agenda is dedicated to creating sustainable growth by solving systemic and technological challenges, so your work will go towards creating real, positive impact.
– Fascinating projects, excellent research environment. Our researchers get to work on a combination of cutting-edge academic research and applied customer projects, both locally and internationally. At VTT, you’ll have state-of-the-art research facilities at your disposal, such as Micronova, the Finnish research infrastructure for micro-, nano- and quantum technologies.  
– Great career opportunities, superb colleagues. At VTT, excellence in research is a strategic priority. We offer long-term positions and stable career paths in top-level research. People tend to stay with us over 10 years since there are always new roles and responsibilities to grow into. Collaborating in a cross-disciplinary community with superb colleagues is a source of learning, inspiration, and fun.
– Support for your well-being. Our people are our main asset, so we take good care of them. We aim to nurture great team spirit and leadership and offer versatile well-being services to enable a good work–life balance. On top of 6 weeks of paid holidays, we offer exercise and culture benefits, hobby clubs, and voluntary well-being services such as meditation programmes and trainings on cognitive ergonomics.
Are you an international talent looking for a new opportunity? Please note that VTT will cover the cost of temporary accommodation of two weeks in Finland, travel and removals for permanent employees.
Interested and want to hear more?
For further information, please contact Research Team Leader Ville Kotovirta,
Please send your CV and application with your salary request via our recruitment system as soon as possible but at the latest by 14 Nov 2021. We will process applications as they come in, and fill in the position as soon as we find the right candidate. 

How to apply

Please send your CV and application with your salary request via our recruitment system as soon as possible but at the latest by 14 Nov 2021. We will process applications as they come in, and fill in the position as soon as we find the right candidate. 

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Published on November 04, 2021

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