Quantum Research Scientist

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

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We have an opening for a QuantumResearch Scientistin the field of experimental circuit quantum electrodynamics (cQED) for quantum computation, information, and simulation. You will work in a rapidly growing field to design and deploy resource efficient quantum hardware for the demonstration of quantum algorithms for quantum simulation, multi-physics applications, and distributed quantum computing. This position is in the Quantum Coherent Device Physics group in the Condensed Matter Section of the Physics Division.
Essential Duties
- Design, characterize, and utilize state-of-the-art superconducting quantum hardware.
- Advance the current state-of-the-art in open quantum systems control by configuring, implementing, and troubleshooting synchronized, broadband pulsed radio frequency signals.
- Interface with subject matter experts across multiple scientific disciplines to indentify key co-deisgn principles for scientific quantum computing hardware and algorithms.
- Publish research results in external peer-reviewed scientific journals and participate in international conferences.
-Lead independent yet complementary research interests and interact with a broad spectrum of scientists internally and externally.
-Mentor students, and postdoctoral researchers.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- PhD in experimental physics or a related fieldor the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Advanced knowledge and significant experience in the following areas (both theory and experiment): circuit quantum electrodynamics, quantum optics, quantum control, bath engineering, and continuous variable quantum mechanics.
- Advanced knowledge and significant experience in the life cycle development of quantum hardware.From initial concept, to modeling device performance in open source platforms such as QuTIP, to leveraging classical electrodynamics modeling software such as ANSYS or COMSOL to extract Hamiltonian parameters, to the verification and validation of Hamiltonian parameters through precision microwave characterization, and finally demonstrating device utility/proof of concept.
- Significant experience with hardware and software interfaces of microwave characterization such as Arbitrary Waveform Generation at megahertz/gigahertz frequencies, and real-time signal demodulation at megahertz/gigahertz frequencies.
- Significant experience in computer programming languages such as python or C/C++ especially when used for simulation of open quantum system hardware with QuTIP or other open source quantum software.
- Ability to work independently on technical tasks, influence technical objectives, to provide in depth analysis, and develop unique technical solutions.
- Advanced interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers and other technical and administrative staff.
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills to collaborate effectively in a team environment, prepare written reports and present and explain technical information.
Desired Qualifications
- Experience with digital signal processing and advanced data analysis techniques.
- Experience with numerical optimization on quantum systems or quantum optimal control.
- Experience in identifying, designing, and developing novel applications for existing/near term quantum hardware.

Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance: This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, wewill initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if youmeet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note: This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applyingcutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.

LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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