General Atomics (GA) is looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral quantum scientist to assist with quantum computing (QC) calculations and algorithm development for applications in support of energy science research. The target problems span aspects of chemistry, materials science/condensed-matter, quantum physics, and nuclear physics. The effort will be focused on the formulation of theory and coding implementations to model the properties of static and dynamical systems suitable for execution using QC simulators and hardware.
To be successful in this role, the post-doctoral quantum scientist will need to be highly motivated, a good communicator, capable of independently formulating representations of the QC problems, and capable of working with a team of interdisciplinary scientists. They are expected to work closely with researchers/staff at GA and collaborators at other institutions .The post-doctoral quantum scientist will be located at General Atomics in San Diego, CA. The position is a one-year contract with potential for renewal.
Ph.D. in Quantum Physics, or related discipline such as Quantum Chemistry, Condensed-Matter Physics, Theoretical Chemistry, Theoretical Physics, Mathematical Physics, Quantum Information Sciences (QIS).
Substantial background in theory and simulations of bosonic and fermionic physics.
Must be able to formulate problem Hamiltonian(s) for quantum systems of interest, including first and second quantization representations, and map formulation to quantum gate operations.
Familiarity with electronic structure theory & calculations as relates to quantum computation; e.g, coupled cluster theory, configuration interaction, hybrid quantum-classical such as the variational quantum eigensolver (VQE).
Programming skills in Python (object-oriented paradigm preferred).
Established history of conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications, preferably with emphasis on applications of QIS to quantum physics problems.
Desired Additional Qualifications:
Experience using QC hardware with quantum algorithm and gate programming using open libraries such as OpenFermion/Cirq, Forest/Pyquil , and Qiskit.
Knowledge of topological quantum computation paradigms and associated codes, e.g., Surface and Toric codes.
Programming skills in C/C++, FORTRAN, Julia, or MATLAB.
Familiar with quantum error correction and fault-tolerant QC, matrix product states and tensor networks, annealing and adiabatic QC approaches (e.g. QUBO).
Working knowledge of QC hardware, quantum gate modeling, and quantum algorithm design.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Employment through Oakridge Associated Universities
About General Atomics
General Atomics operates the DIII-D National Fusion Facility (contracted by the USDOE), which is an internationally renowned tokamak research facility located in San Diego, California. Its mission is to establish the scientific basis for the optimization of the tokamak approach to fusion energy production. Please refer to the web site https://fusion.gat.com/global/DIII-D for more information about the DIII-D National Fusion Program, and to https://fusion.gat.com/global/theory for more information about the Theory and Computational Science Program.
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