What You Will Do
The Information Sciences Group (CCS-3) is seeking a mid-career or senior research scientist in the field of quantum computing to join our vibrant and multidisciplinary research team. The successful applicant will be an established leader in the QIS community, with a reputation for innovation and leadership, to help us establish new research directions and programmatic activities, and to help us manage a growing portfolio that involves developing novel quantum algorithms, quantum machine learning methodologies, and generalized research in quantum computing. These activities entail multidisciplinary efforts related to computer science, information science, quantum mechanics, and quantum simulation.
This position will be filled at either the Scientist 3 or 4 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.
Scientist 3 ($98,900 - $165,100)
The successful candidate will be required to:
Conduct research to identify areas of promise and develop methodologies for near-term quantum computing technologies.
Work both independently and collaboratively with other project members to develop theoretical and computational tools for quantum computing architectures.
Communicate research results through reports, presentations, and peer-reviewed publications.
Define new technical project directions and seek program development opportunities to establish these efforts.
Interact with people from other teams, groups, divisions, and programs to create effective technical collaborations.
Prepare technical proposals for both internal and external funding opportunities.
Mentor students, postdocs, and junior scientists in their scientific work and career development.
Scientist 4 ($119,700 - $201,700)
In addition to the duties outlined above, the Scientist 4 will be required to:
Assemble and lead diverse research teams to pursue new funding opportunities in the areas related to quantum computation.
Represent organizational interests and activities to upper management, DOE program managers, outside organizations, funding agencies, and national steering boards.
Provide input for shaping national research agendas in quantum computation.
What You Need
Minimum Job Requirements:
Substantial research experience and demonstrated knowledge in the field of quantum computing.
Evidence of hands-on experience and a strong quantum-computing programming background.
Demonstrated research ability, as evidenced by publications, reports, and presentations.
Excellent communication skills, as evidenced by publications and cover letter.
Evidence of strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment.
Demonstrated record of successful proposal writing and program development as principal investigator.
Significant experience in leading research and development in support of programs or R&D initiatives.
Significant experience mentoring students and/or postdocs.
Demonstrated technical leadership in fields related to quantum information science.
Additional Job Requirements for Scientist 4:
Substantial experience leading multidisciplinary research teams.
Experience coaching and mentoring junior staff members.
Demonstrated visibility and leadership at relevant academic conferences.
Demonstrated ability to secure funding for multi-year projects.
Demonstrated ability to foster an environment of teamwork, quality, technical excellence, innovation, and creativity.
Experience in gate-based and/or adiabatic quantum computation.
Experience in quantum machine learning methods.
Experience in quantum simulation.
PhD in Computer Science, Mathematics, Electrical/Computer Engineering, Physics, or related field from an accredited college or university, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Notes to Applicants:
Please include a CV with a publication list and a detailed cover letter that describes your research interests and addresses your qualifications and how those qualifications meet the job requirements.
Working on some of the group’s projects requires obtaining a Q clearance. To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age. U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.
Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.
New-Employment Drug Test:
- Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.
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Where You Will Work
Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.
The Computer, Computational, and Statistical Sciences (CCS) Division is a scientific research and development organization working in five principal mission areas of Los Alamos National Laboratory: basic science and technology research, climate and energy, global security, nuclear weapons, and information science and technology. CCS Division is comprised of scientists focused on impactful research and development in fundamental computer science, computational physics, statistics, and applied mathematics. CCS Division bridges the computational sciences that are central to scientific discovery and innovation, working with external partners and Laboratory programs to solve complex and fundamental problems ranging from metagenomics to nuclear energy.
Appointment Type Regular