Vacancy Type/Job category
£31,406 - £40,927 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
Full time, fixed term contract for 24 months (starting no later than 1 March
2022, with a possibility of extension)
The Department of Physics seeks to appoint a Research Fellow in the area of
quantum verification, with particular emphasis on applying quantum
accreditation to problems in physics and quantum annealing.
The position is based in the quantum information science group of Dr Animesh
Datta at the University of Warwick, UK, and is part of a multi-institution
project involving partner groups at Durham University, University College
London, and London South Bank University, funded under the ExCALIBUR cross-
The post will develop theoretical schemes to perform quantum accreditation for
common classes of physics simulation problems such as material science and
fluid dynamics. Schemes will also be developed to apply quantum accreditation
to quantum annealers. Particular emphasis is to be placed on the experimental
feasibility of these schemes. The overall goal will be to develop quantum
accreditation applicable to quantum simulations of physically relevant
You should possess or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in theoretical
physics, mathematics, or computer science, and have a strong background in
quantum computation and simulation. Candidates are expected to demonstrate
familiarity with quantum verification and accreditation.
You will work with graduate students and other PDRFs in the quantum
information science group of Dr Animesh Datta, as well as in the partner
You will be an excellent communicator, capable of working effectively both
independently and as part of the broader research team. You will demonstrate
strong written and verbal communication skills, and maintain a current
knowledge of the relevant quantum computing and simulation literature. You
will possess excellent planning and time management skills to ensure your
research objectives are achieved effectively.
Your application should include a CV, a list of publications, a statement of
research interests, and the contact information of three referees. The post
reference number should be quoted in all correspondence.
If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have
recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research
Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,497. Upon
successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted
to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade
structure (£31,406 pa).
Informal inquiries can be made to Dr Animesh Datta (email@example.com).
Further details about the research group may be obtained at
Responsible for defining, developing and executing research in the area of
quantum verification, with particular emphasis on applying quantum
accreditation to problems in physics and quantum annealing. To work with team
members at Warwick and the partner institutions in the successful execution of
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Research and scholarship
• Involvement in key decisions on research directions, methodologies and
• Work with students and Research Fellows in the group of Dr. Datta and other
• Contribute to the positive atmosphere, maintenance and smooth running of the
research group, as required.
• Contribute to the intellectual life of the research group and the
collaboration, including participating in video and teleconference meetings as
required, and travelling for national and international collaboration when
• Writing of research papers for internationally refereed journals and
presenting results at national and international conferences.
• Contribute to the writing of research grants, reports required for sponsors
reporting, including milestone reports, and final reports before the end of
Teaching and Learning Support
• Assist in the supervision of student projects and the development of student
Administration and Other Activities
• May be required to attend departmental meetings and to participate (where
necessary) in other committees and working groups within the department, the
faculty and the University.
• Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.
• Work within budget constraints.
• Assisting with other reasonably practical and administrative duties as
The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive
list but rather to provide guidance on the main aspects of the post. The post-
holder will be required to be flexible in his or her duties.
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and
qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by
(a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d)
Essential Criteria 1
Hold, or be about to attain, a PhD or equivalent in a relevant scientific
discipline (e.g. physics, computer science, mathematics) (a,c)
Essential Criteria 2
Proven research skills in the theory of quantum computation and simulation,
quantum information theory, and quantum verification (ideally quantum
Essential Criteria 3
An emerging track record of publications in relevant peer-reviewed journals
and/or conferences (a,c)
Essential Criteria 4
Willingness to travel for overseas collaborative visits, and to present
research at international conferences (a,c)
Essential Criteria 5
Programming skills in Python, Fortran, Matlab, Mathematica, or equivalent
Essential Criteria 6
Ability to effectively communicate research through verbal and written
Essential Criteria 7
Willingness to engage with experimentalists developing quantum computers and
Essential Criteria 8
Ability to initiate, plan, implement and deliver programmes of research work
to defined deadlines (a,c)
Essential Criteria 9
Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a research team
Essential Criteria 10
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (a,c)
Essential Criteria 11
An understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of
research content (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 1
Experience in physics simulation problems such as material science and fluid
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our
University Further Particulars.
For further information about the department, please visit the departmental
The Quantum Information Science Group
Dr. Animesh Datta leads the quantum information science group. The group
consists of undergraduate and PhD students, and PDRFs. Research interests span
from the theory of quantum simulation and verification to quantum-enhanced
sensing in complex quantum systems. The group deals with fundamental
principles of quantum enhancements in information processing to identifying
the practical requirements for attaining them in practice. Details of the
research interests can be found as www. warwick.ac.uk/qinfo
Over the last two decades, the processing of information at the quantum level
has promised performances impossible classically. Small quantum computers have
been demonstrated. As they are noise-prone and not endowed with quantum error
correction, their outputs are unreliable. Thus, they need to be verified.
The central objective of this post is develop theoretical schemes to perform
quantum accreditation for common classes of physics simulation problems such
as material science and fluid dynamics. Schemes will also be developed to
apply quantum accreditation to quantum annealers. Particular emphasis is to be
placed on the experimental feasibility of these schemes. The overall goal will
be to develop quantum accreditation applicable to quantum simulations of
physically relevant problems.
The post is supported by the UKRI under the ExCALIBUR programme.
The Physics Department and the University of Warwick are proud of their
diverse community of staff, students, and visitors, and are committed to
maintaining an excellent record in teaching and research by ensuring that
there is equality of opportunity for all, fostered in an environment of mutual
respect and dignity.
Both the Physics Department and the University of Warwick hold Athena SWAN
Silver awards, a national initiative to promote gender equality for all staff
and students. The Physics Department is also a Juno Champion, which is an
award from the Institute of Physics to recognise our efforts to address the
under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better
practice for both women and men.
Further information can be found at www. warwick.ac.uk/physics/staff/working/.
The University supports flexible working and requests for job-share will be
considered where possible. Childcare can be provided for you at the University
of Warwick Nursery (www. warwick.ac.uk/services/childrensservices/nursery) in
order for you to attend the interview. Childcare is subject to availability of
places at the Nursery.
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environment, recognising and respecting every individual's differences. We
welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected
characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.
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