Employment

At SBQMI we are interdisciplinary and collaborative. Our members are theorists, experimentalists and device development experts from a variety of disciplines - physics, chemistry and electrical engineering.

We know that equity and diversity amongst our students, staff and faculty are essential to a lively learning environment where differing ideas and perspectives are given voice.  We believe that this is the foundation of creativity and problem-solving.

If you share this exciting vision and thrive in a collegial culture, please review the postings below to see if we currently have an opportunity that matches your skills and experience.
 

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE IN TRANSPORT PHENOMENA FOR ENERGY CONVERSION AND STORAGE

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute at UBC is seeking PhD-level scientific research staff to support activity in the investigation of transport phenomena involved in the conversion and storage of energy in various materials. Relevant effects include the transfer of heat, charge, spin, and light, and particular emphasis is placed on exploiting low-dimensionality and quantum confinement in nanostructures. A special area of interest is the study of thermal conductivity and electron transport in new materials for thermal electricity generation. This multi-year position as a Research Associate will play a leadership role in SBQMI’s recently launched Grand Challenge investigating Disorder as a Design Principle of New Functional Materials. The role will therefore not only support SBQMI’s interest in studying energy transfer, but also connect to a range of experimental techniques suited to the growth of the relevant materials, such as molecular beam epitaxy and pulsed laser deposition, while also coordinating activities within the wider Grand Challenge team. The successful candidate will work with the Principal Investigators and other researchers to exploit existing characterization systems based on vacuum, optics, and electronic instrumentation, as well as further develop the capabilities of this infrastructure and new experimental techniques.

The Research Associate will identify and conduct research projects that extend SBQMI’s expertise in the study of transport phenomena relevant to energy conversion and storage; contribute to writing and publishing articles in top-tier journals; train and mentor SBQMI students and postdoctoral fellows; be responsible to act as coordinator for material synthesis and characterization efforts; and collaborate with other national and international academic institutions, government, and industry organizations. 

SBQMI is a world-leading venture into research of systems and phenomena involving quantum materials. We believe in the power of collaboration to fuel the search for creative solutions and, in addition to building a strong interdisciplinary team of experimentalists and theorists from physics, chemistry and engineering, have established strong and active partnerships with TRIUMF, the Canadian Light Source, the Max Planck Society, and many other world leading institutions.

The successful candidate will thrive in our collegial culture and will have the following qualifications:

  • Theoretical knowledge of transport phenomena;
  • Experience with advanced characterization systems;
  • Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics or other area relevant to the research pursuits of SBQMI; 
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a research, or research and development, environment;
  • Publications in reputable scientific journals;
  • Experience mentoring students or staff;
  • Capacity to pursue independent research;
  • Ability to manage large research programs;

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to push the boundaries of knowledge and create world changing devices, submit an application through www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/35781. Application closing date is November 30, 2019. 

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. UBC offers a competitive benefits package including extended medical, dental, life insurance, and pension.

For more information about the Grand Challenge: https://qmi.ubc.ca/disorder-and-entropy-design-principles

For more information about SBQMI: www.qmi.ubc.ca

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UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE ON NISQ ERA QUANTUM COMPUTATION (THEORY)

The Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (QMI) at UBC is seeking a Scientific Research Associate, most likely a theorist, to support activity in the study of quantum computation in the NISQ era. QMI has just launched the Grand Challenge entitled ``Pushing the boundaries of noisy intermediate scale quantum computing’’, a program geared towards the study of quantum algorithms that can be run on present-day and near future quantum computing devices. The initial focus is on quantum algorithms that require up to 100 qubits and 10,000 quantum gates. As for applications, of particular interest are problems in quantum material science, and fermionic systems such as the fermionic Hubbard model and Kondo physics. From the perspective of methods, machine learning, quantum simulation (analog and digital) and symmetry analysis (e.g. symmetry protected topological order) are emphasized.

The successful candidate will work with the Principal Investigators and other researchers to explore the search space for NISQ era quantum algorithms and to benchmark existing quantum computer hardware, and, to this end, is expected to contribute ideas of their own. Further, the Research Associate will contribute to writing and publishing articles in top-tier journals; training and mentoring SBQMI students and postdoctoral fellows; be responsible to act as coordinator for several research efforts; and collaborate with other national and international academic institutions and industry organizations. 

SBQMI is a world-leading venture into research of systems and phenomena involving quantum devices and effects. We believe in the power of collaboration as a fuel in the search for creative solutions.  The institute comprises a strong interdisciplinary team of experimentalists and theorists from physics, chemistry and applied science, who have established strong and active partnerships with TRIUMF, the Max Planck Society, and many other world leading institutions.

The successful candidate will thrive in our collegial culture and will bring the following qualifications to the role:

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Computer Science or other area relevant to the research pursuits of SBQMI Grand Challenge on NISQ era quantum computing; 
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a research, or research and development environment;
  • Publications in reputable scientific journals, and/or patents;
  • Demonstrated capacity to pursue independent research;
  • Experience mentoring students or staff;
  • Experience with a variety of tools applied in the design of quantum algorithms, for example in the quantum simulation of fermionic systems, and/or in Machine Learning (classical and quantum);
  • In-depth theoretical knowledge of the field of quantum information science as a whole;
  • Background in condensed matter physics;
  • Ability to write computer code for the classical simulation of quantum algorithms.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please apply to www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/35782. Application closing date is Nov. 30, 2019.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. UBC offers a competitive benefits package including extended medical, dental, life insurance, and pension.

For more information about the Grand Challenge: https://qmi.ubc.ca/pushing-boundaries-noisy-intermediate-scale-quantum-n...

For more information about SBQMI: www.qmi.ubc.ca

For more information about Vancouver: http://www.tourismvancouver.com/

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS ON NISQ ERA QUANTUM COMPUTATION

The UBC Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute invites applications for a total of five highly motivated postdoctoral fellows, four in theory and one in experiment, to support activity in the study of quantum computation in the NISQ era. SBQMI has just launched the Grand Challenge entitled “Pushing the boundaries of noisy intermediate scale quantum computing’’, a program geared towards the study of quantum algorithms that can be run on present-day and near future quantum computing devices. The initial focus is on quantum algorithms that require up to 100 qubits and 10,000 quantum gates. As for applications, of particular interest are problems in quantum material science, and fermionic systems such as the fermionic Hubbard model and Kondo physics. From the perspective of methods, machine learning, quantum simulation (analog and digital) and symmetry analysis (e.g. symmetry protected topological order) are emphasized.

For more information on the Grand Challenges, please see https://qmi.ubc.ca/grand-challenges

Available Postdoctoral Fellowship positions

Machine learning for the extrapolation and inverse problems (Roman Krems)

Development of codes for generalization of high-dimensional sparse data with Gaussian processes for applications to extrapolation in the Hamiltonian parameter space and solving inverse problems in quantum physics.  Development of new algorithms for generalization with Bayesian machine learning. Coordinating with other postdoctoral fellows and students to apply algorithms and codes to specific quantum materials problems. Coordinating with a research associate on the development and implementation of algorithms for training Gaussian processes with composite kernels on quantum hardware. Development of new theory and algorithms for machine learning based on quantum hardware. Development of user-friendly applications based on the codes produced.

Experiments in quantum hardware (Joe Salfi)

This position will lead fabrication and experiments on a quantum simulator implemented using coupled quantum dots, together with one or more graduate students. The target of the quantum simulation will be to probe phenomenology of the resonating valence bond states both at half-filling of a small two-dimensional lattice, and away from half-filling. Responsibilities include device fabrication, cryogenic experimental design, cryogenic experiments, data analysis, and supervision of graduate students. The postdoc will work closely with a theory postdoc on applying machine learning techniques, with guidance from Krems, Affleck, and Raussendorf.

Algebraic methods in quantum computing (Ian Affleck and Robert Raussendorf)

Development of novel methods for mapping Fermionic systems to bosons. Collaborations with research associate and other postdoctoral fellows on how the Kondo screening cloud could be seen in a quantum algorithm. Classification of measurement-based quantum computation within the framework of symmetry protected topological order. The candidate should have a background in both quantum information and condensed matter physics; the former covering computational models such as circuit, measurement-based, adiabatic and topological, plus quantum error correction and the stabilizer formalism. The latter should cover fermionic systems and symmetry-protected topological order, and topological order. Minimal algorithms. This postdoc position is part of the Quantum Computing Theory (QCT) building pillar, so there is no quantum algorithm development.

Quantum algorithms (Robert Raussendorf, Ian Affleck, Sarah Burke, Joe Salfi)

Work with algorithms examining Kondo, Hubbard, (existing quantum hardware, Adiabatic protocols), symmetry-protected topological (SPT), classical simulation of small-scale algorithms; analysis of operational requirements and decoherence; running small-scale quantum algorithms on the existing platforms for quantum computation. Benchmarking and constraint analysis.

Hybrid Machine Learning algorithms for specific, real materials problems (Mona Berciu, Jeff Young, Lukas Chrostowski, Sarah Burke)

Algorithmic work with solar energy transducers, quantum emitters, and others. Identifying relevant Hamiltonian models for the specified problems and figuring out how to solve them in various limits. Interfacing with other postdoctoral fellows to incorporate these solutions, and experimental results, into first classical machine learning routines, and eventually into hybrid approaches that utilize quantum algorithms to enhance the machine learning.

The SBQMI Postdoctoral Fellowships offer competitive salary support and benefits (including extended health and dental coverage) and the opportunity to work with the world-leading groups at the UBC SBQMI and their international research partners. 

Candidates must have a PhD in a relevant discipline and be able to demonstrate a solid scientific background—as evidenced by publication record, letters of recommendation, and research proposal. Evidence of teamwork, strong communication skills, and ability to supervise students will also be considered. We have immediate openings for all of these postings. Candidates who are in the process of completing their doctoral degree and expect to complete by June 2020 are also welcome to apply.

To apply, please provide:

  • Brief cover letter, including the SBQMI researcher(s) with whom you have discussed projects, and the names of those who will provide recommendations;
  • Curriculum Vitae, including full publication list;
  • 1 – 2 page research statement;
  • 3 letters of recommendation (to be sent directly by your referees).

Candidates: submit your application online at www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/35945    

Referees: please email letters of recommendation to jobs@qmi.ubc.ca

Application deadline: December 15, 2019

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.