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Senior Research Scientist in Quantum Algorithms

Date: May 2, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37831

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 4918 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the United States Department of Energy's largest science and energy laboratory tasked to provide the United States government agencies and departments with technology and expertise to support national and homeland security needs.

Our diverse capabilities span scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace.


We invite applications for a senior staff scientist position in Quantum Computational Science within the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division. This position is part of ORNL’s Quantum Computational Science group which applies the principles and techniques of quantum physics to real-world problems in communication, computing, and sensing. More information on the group’s activities may be found at


In this position you will be responsible for designing, implementing, and testing novel quantum and quantum-inspired algorithms aimed at solving scientific computing challenges within the mission of the DOE Office of Science. You will be collaborating with the members of ORNL’s Quantum Computational Science group in algorithm research for solving quantum machine learning, optimization, and many-body physics problems. You are expected to leverage ORNL’s 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 and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with highly diverse and multidisciplinary teams to develop novel quantum and quantum-inspired algorithms and verify, validate, and benchmark developed algorithms on available hardware .
  • Communicate findings and results to international audiences through written publications and oral presentations.
  • Contribute to the development of open source software.
  • Author peer reviewed papers, technical papers, reports and proposals for internal and external release as well as represent the organization via technical presentations in workshops and conferences.
  • Interact with the appropriate program offices and other agencies to develop and maintain program funding for basic and applied research in relevant areas of quantum computing.
  • Develop new research directions as a basis of continued funding and the overall health of the group.
  • Mentor early career research staff, postdocs and students.



Basic Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in Physics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related discipline  with specialization in quantum algorithm research
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in the design and testing of quantum algorithms outside of Ph.D.
  • Experience with modern software development methodologies
  • An excellent record of productive and creative research as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals


Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10 or more years of experience in quantum computing including algorithm research and development, implementation, and benchmarking.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to a scientific audience
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative and multi-disciplinary teams of researchers
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs


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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