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Senior R&D Staff in Quantum Computing

Date: Jun 26, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8124 


The Quantum Computational Science Group ( at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks applicants for a Senior R&D Staff position in quantum computing. 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 research efforts involving teams of ORNL researchers and external collaborators, using your deep expertise and broad perspective to drive the field of quantum computing forward.  You will advance the theory of quantum computing and/or develop and demonstrate quantum algorithms addressing computing challenges within the mission of the DOE Office of Science.  You will leverage ORNL’s world-class computational facilities and unique multidisciplinary collaborative environment where domain scientists from condensed matter, nuclear, and high energy physics work together with applied mathematicians, computer scientists, and quantum information researchers with the goal of advancing the cutting-edge research in scientific computing.  


Major Duties/Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and execute a research agenda addressing an important topic area in quantum computing
  • Propose and lead medium size R&D projects (roughly $300K-$1M/year)
  • Develop collaborations with research groups within and outside ORNL
  • 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 physics, computer science, computer engineering, or a related discipline  with specialization in quantum computer science
  • A minimum of 6 years R&D experience in quantum computing theory and/or algorithms.
  • An excellent record of productive and creative research as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Good written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to a scientific audience


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10 or more years of R&D experience in quantum computing theory and/or algorithms.
  • 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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