Postdoctoral Research Associate – Quantum Computing/Theoretical Nuclear Physics

… and industry to overcome key roadblocks in quantum state resilience, controllability, and ultimately the scalability of quantum technologies to realize …

Basic Qualifications:

  • A PhD in Theoretical Physics or a related discipline completed within the last five years
  • Experience with High Performance Computing and programming for massively parallel computers
  • Experience with quantum many-body methods

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in quantum computing and quantum simulations of strongly correlated many-fermionic systems such as atomic nuclei, atoms, or molecular systems
  • Astrong computational science background
  • Familiarity with coupled-cluster theory
  • Understanding of application development techniques (numerical methods, solution algorithms, programming models, and software) at scale (large processor/node counts)
  • A record of productive and creative research as proven by publications in peer-reviewed journals and letters of reference from active practitioners in the field
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to an international scientific audience
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and to participate creatively in collaborative and frequently interacting 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
  • Experience with MPI, OpenMP, parallel I/O (including HDF5), CUDA and/or OpenACC, FORTRAN, Python

Special Requirements

Applicants cannot have received their Ph.D. more than five years prior to the date of application and must complete all degree requirements before starting their appointment. The appointment length will be up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding.

Three letters of reference are required and can be uploaded to your profile or emailed directly to PSDrecruit@ornl.gov. Please include the title of the position in the subject line.

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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