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Senior R&D Staff in Quantum Computing Software

Date: Jun 26, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8123 


The Quantum Computational Science Group ( at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks applicants for a Senior R&D Staff position in quantum computing software. As part of the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division, the mission of the QCS group is to advance quantum computational methods to solve important problems in basic and applied science.  In this position you will initiate and lead R&D efforts involving teams of ORNL researchers and external collaborators, using your deep expertise and broad perspective to develop innovative new software-based capabilities for quantum computing.  You will design and oversee the implementation of software for quantum computing, potentially including: programming languages at all levels of abstraction (from domain-specific languages to quantum hardware control); application libraries; compilers, translators, and program analyzers; interfaces between software tools; integrated quantum programming environments; error mitigation and post-processing; verification and debugging; and HPC simulation of quantum computers. Your efforts will support a growing number of application areas including quantum physical sciences (chemistry, material science, condensed matter physics nuclear physics, high energy physics), machine learning, optimization, and computational fluid dynamics.


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and execute a research agenda bringing new software-based capabilities to quantum computing
  • Propose and lead medium size R&D projects (roughly $300K-$1M/year)
  • Develop collaborations with research groups within and outside ORNL
  • Regularly release production-quality code
  • Regularly report progress and results to collaborators, sponsors, and the broader scientific community via peer-reviewed technical articles, conference presentations, and technical reports.
  • Represent ORNL as a subject matter expert
  • Promote the development of junior researchers through scientific leadership and guidance


The successful applicant will be a motivated self-starter with good written and oral communication skills, able to work independently within a fast-paced collaborative research environment, able to set priorities and accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and able to adapt to changing needs.


Basic Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in computational science, software engineering, or a related discipline
  • A minimum of 6 years of experience, including at least 2 years of computational science, at least 4 years of development of production-quality software, and at least 4 years in quantum computing.
  • An excellent record of technical creativity and productivity as demonstrated by code releases and publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences
  • Good written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to a scientific audience


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10 or more years of experience, including at least 2 years of computational science, at least 6 years of development of production-quality software, and at least 6 years in quantum computing
  • Proficiency in C++  and parallel programming (MPI/OpenMP)
  • Experience proposing and managing successful multi-institution projects
  • Familiarity with the US quantum computing funding landscape
  • Familiarity with the DOE national laboratory system
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to convey key scientific truths to general audiences


ORNL Ethics and Conduct:

As a member of the ORNL scientific community, you will be expected to commit to ORNL's Research Code of Conduct. Our full code of conduct, and a statement by the Lab Director's office can be found here:


Benefits at ORNL: 

UT Battelle offers an exceptional benefits package to include matching 401K, Pension Plan, Paid Vacation and Medical / Dental plan. Onsite amenities include Credit Union, Medical Clinic and free Fitness facilities.  



UT Battelle offers a wide range of relocation benefits for individuals and families to make it easier to come and work here. If you are invited to interview, please ask your Recruiter about relocating with ORNL.


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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