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.
 

LECTURER

The University of British Columbia invites applications for up to 2 full-time Lecturer positions in the Department of Physics & Astronomy on the Vancouver campus.  Such positions typically involve teaching five undergraduate courses and some administrative duties, and have expectations of renewal upon satisfactory performance. One of the positions will include a leadership role in our undergraduate teaching labs.  For more details on the position of Lecturer, please see https://www.facultyassociation.ubc.ca/members/lecturers/.  UBC Physics and Astronomy ranks among the top departments in North America, with a strong record of excellence in research, and in graduate and undergraduate teaching.

The Department will consider applicants with experience teaching in a post-secondary setting.  A PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or a related field is strongly preferred, although exceptional candidates with an MSc may be considered.  These positions will be supported by and encouraged to contribute to the department’s initiatives in Discipline Based Education Research.

Candidates are requested to submit online applications at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16080 which should include a curriculum vita, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, evidence of content area expertise and teaching effectiveness (such as student and/or peer evaluations), and experience with emerging technologies in teaching and learning as well as names and email addresses of three references. Candidates are particularly encouraged to highlight previous experience in fostering the education of students from diverse backgrounds.

Questions regarding the position or application process should be directed to Derek Gagnier, hr=At=phas.ubc.ca. 

The screening of applications will begin April 1, 2020 and continue until the positions are filled.  The preferred start date is July 1, 2020.

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.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents of Canada 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.

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: contact the principal investigator(s) leading the project

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

Application deadline:  Applications are accepted on and ongoing basis.

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-nisq-computing 

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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.

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: contact the principal investigator(s) leading the project you are interested in

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

Application deadline:  Applications are accepted on and ongoing basis.

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.