Quantum Scientist

Cambridge, UK
Job type
Full Time
Contract length

About Us

Cambridge, UK | Full-time | Permanent | £46,000-64,000

About us

 Riverlane is the world’s first quantum engineering company. We are hardware obsessed, qubit agile and commercially driven. We’re a passionate team collaboratively tackling some of humanity’s biggest opportunities, from climate change to materials science and new drug discovery.

You will join our cross-disciplinary team of software developers, mathematicians, quantum information theorists, computational chemists and physicists – all world experts in their fields. Our collaborative, close-knit team has a track record of delivering high-quality R&D across the full quantum stack. As a growing company, you will have the freedom to think independently and creatively, as well as contribute to Riverlane’s business development.

About the role

You will join the interdisciplinary Discover research team, developing algorithms and research code for relevant applications for quantum computers, with a focus on quantum chemistry and solving of linear equations using quantum algorithms. Collaborating and communicating with end-users from academia and industry will be an important part of the role.
As a quantum scientist on the Discover team, your input into how quantum computers will be able to solve problems will be central to the success of the team. You will have the opportunity to work across our product portfolio and will be able to contribute to and lead projects as appropriate, pursuing work which best matches your ability and interest whilst developing your knowledge and skills.

What you will do

  • Conduct research, develop algorithms, and write software for quantum computing applications
  • Communicate results in the form of discussions and presentations to other team members and partners
  • Build expertise in the field of quantum computing through discussions with colleagues, reading relevant literature and gaining practical experience
  • Contribute to Riverlane’s international standing through writing scientific papers and presenting results at conferences as appropriate
  • Interact and work with a wide range of academic and industry partners
  • Use your knowledge about academic and commercial challenges to shape the research direction of the team
  • Help develop research and business development proposals to win external funding
  • Engage with the wider community through writing blogs and developing demonstrations

What we need

  • PhD (or equivalent industry experience) in a subject related to either quantum information, theoretical physics, quantum chemistry, computer science or mathematics.
  • Evidence of creative, high-quality academic work
  • Good programming skills, with a proven capability of understanding technical material and translating it into code
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, with a track record of communicating scientific results to colleagues and other audiences
  • Experience working both independently and in a research team
  • Desire to learn, with a capacity both to lead and follow

Even better if you have

  • Experience in quantum software development and maintenance
  • Understanding of quantum error correction
  • Experience in quantum algorithms for fault-tolerant quantum computers
  • Experience in an application area such as Finance, Quantum Machine Learning, Cryptanalysis, Quantum Chemistry and Physics
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How to apply

Please upload a CV and covering letter by clicking ‘Apply Now’. Your covering letter should explain why you are applying for the job and what skills and experience you can bring to the role.

If you have any queries, please contact jobs@riverlane.com.

 Everyone is welcome at Riverlane. We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from eligible and suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender reassignment, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity/paternity.

 If you need any adjustments made to the application or selection process so you can do your best, please let us know. We will be happy to help.