Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist (USA)

Cambridge, MA, US
Job type
Full Time
Contract length

About Us

Cambridge, MA (USA) | Full-time | Permanent

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 our physical layer team, developing the understanding of qubit performance and behavior in real world environments, and enabling control systems, quantum error correction, and system integration through modelling and testing with hardware partners. The physical layer kit provides customers and partners detailed knowledge of internal processes relevant to the performance of quantum gates on physical qubits across multiple hardware platforms and enables the assessment and validation of the full stack performance of Deltaflow.OS.

As a research scientist working on the physical layer team, you will be expected to conduct research in and aid development of means and approaches for measuring, modelling, understanding, and predicting the roles of noise, decoherence, and other limitations to qubit performance across multiple physical implementations. These include superconducting quantum bits and architectures, ion trap-based qubits and architectures, and photonic-based architectures, though individual team members are generally focused on specific example systems rather than understanding the whole space.

What you will do

As a Research Scientist/Senior Research Scientist, you will:

  • Conduct research and write software to model physical qubits and their performance and noise.
  • Work with the team to enable an understanding of performance and validation of system capabilities across the operating system. This includes solving challenges that make quantum error correction easier and faster.
  • Interact and work with a wide range of academic and industry partners.
  • Build expertise in the field of quantum computing through discussions with colleagues, reading relevant literature and hands on experience.
  • Analyse experimental data, communicate results in the form of discussions and presentations to other team members and partners, and incorporate learnings from qubit performance data and knowledge into Riverlane tools and models.
  • Cement Riverlane’s strong international standing through writing papers and presenting at conferences.
  • 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

Knowledge of quantum computing is not required as training will be given.

  • PhD (or equivalent industry experience) in a highly numerate subject, such as a physics, mathematics, computer science, quantum information theory or engineering
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Proven capability of understanding and explaining technical material
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, with a track record of communicating technical results to colleagues and other audiences
  • Experience working both independently and in a team

Even better if you have experience of

  • Qubit design and performance in one of superconducting, ion trap, or photonic-based quantum computers
  • Quantum control methods and tools
  • Open quantum systems
  • Error correction
  • Numerical programming
  • Understanding of software engineering best practices and agile methodologies
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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.

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 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.