Research Fellow (104462-0921) . Job Reference: 1879196

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

October 5, 2021

Description

Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only

Department

Physics

Salary

£31,406 - £40,927 per annum

Location

University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

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- cutting theme.

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 problems.

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 groups.

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 (a.datta@warwick.ac.uk). Further details about the research group may be obtained at www. warwick.ac.uk/qinfo

Job Description

JOB PURPOSE

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 the project.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Research and scholarship

• Involvement in key decisions on research directions, methodologies and research responsibilities. • Work with students and Research Fellows in the group of Dr. Datta and other collaborating groups. • 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 required. • 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 the contract.

Teaching and Learning Support

• Assist in the supervision of student projects and the development of student research skills.

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 required.

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.

Person Specification

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) Presentation.

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 accreditation (a,c)

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 (a,c)

Essential Criteria 6

Ability to effectively communicate research through verbal and written presentation (c,d)

Essential Criteria 7

Willingness to engage with experimentalists developing quantum computers and simulators (a,c)

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 (a,c)

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 dynamics (a,c)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

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

The Post 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.

Right to work in the UK If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/or are seeking sponsorship for a Skilled Worker visa in the UK points-based immigration system please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship for a Skilled Worker Visa.

The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning 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.

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date

5 Oct 2021

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