Research Fellow (106491-0922) . Job Reference: 1888004

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

October 18, 2022


Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only


Computer Science


£32,348 - £42,155 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Fixed-term contract for 24 months, 1.0 FTE.

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in the area of theoretical quantum computation and information is available at the University of Warwick. The position is a fixed term contract for 2 years, available in connection with an EPSRC New Horizons project led by Drs Tom Gur (Warwick Computer Science) and Animesh Datta (Warwick Physics) and. The research project is a collaboration between the departments of Computer Science and Physics at the University of Warwick, aimed at developing efficient property testing algorithms for quantum channels.

You will need to have a strong background in theoretical computer science and quantum computing/information. You will need to have (or expect to obtain shortly) a PhD in the relevant area. You should provide with your application form a CV, including a list of publications and the names and contact details of three references, and a research statement.

If you are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD but have not yet had it conferred, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant at the top of level 5 of the University grade structure (£31,411). Upon receipt of evidence of the successful award of your PhD, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£32,348).

We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.

For further information, please contact Dr Animesh Datta and Dr Tom Gur.

The University of Warwick holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognizes the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, onsite childcare facilities and a childcare vouchers scheme.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.

We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities.

The Department of Computer Science is proud to embrace inclusion and cultural diversity and supports flexible working practices.

Interview Date: TBC.

Job Description


To undertake cutting-edge research in theoretical quantum computation and information.


1. Conducting high-quality research in theoretical quantum computation and information, and publishing results in leading international conferences and journals.

2. Attending and presenting research findings and papers at top conferences in theoretical computer science.

3. Assisting in the organisation of research meetings/workshops in the areas relevant to the project.

4. Contributing fully to the departmental research activities.

The duties and responsibilities are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. You will be required to be flexible in your 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

Possession of a PhD or an equivalent qualification (or close to completion) in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or a related subject. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Good quality research publications. (a)

Essential Criteria 3

Ability to initiate, develop, and deliver high quality research. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 4

Good effective communication skills. (c, d)

Essential Criteria 5

Good interpersonal skills. (c, d)

Essential Criteria 6

Ability to work independently and as part of a research group. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 7

Ability to initiate, plan, organise and deliver a research programme and to work to tight deadlines. (a, c, d)

Desirable Criteria 1

Profound knowledge of quantum algorithms and quantum information theory. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 2

Experience in property testing or sublinear-time algorithms. (a, c)

Further Particulars

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Warwick is one of the top-ranking computing departments in the United Kingdom. In the most recent national research evaluation exercise published in 2014 (REF 2014), the Department was ranked 2nd of all UK computer science departments. The department is especially renowned for its excellence in theoretical aspects of computer science.

The Centre for Discrete Mathematics and its Applications (DIMAP) is an internationally renowned centre of excellence in algorithms, discrete mathematics and combinatorics, theoretical computer science and mathematical aspects of operational research. It is led by a number of internationally recognised researchers and has an extensive programme of scientific seminars, international workshops and conferences, and visiting researchers.

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.

Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding.

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here.

The University of Warwick is one of the six founder institutions of the EUTOPIA European University alliance, whose aim is to become by 2025 an open, multicultural, confederated operation of connected campuses.

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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

18 Oct 2022

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