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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Science
Department: Physics
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

The Physics Department at Virginia Tech invites applications for a Postdoctoral Associate or Senior Research Associate position (commensurate with experience) in quantum information theory. The research involves construction and analysis of quantum computing algorithms. Example areas of interest include measurement-based quantum computation, quantum simulation, and quantum many-body physics. Expertise in computational methods is highly desirable, but it is not a prerequisite. The position includes opportunities for travel both to present at conferences and to collaborate with other groups. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in physics or a related field.

This research will be conducted with Prof. Vito Scarola ( and his research group at Virginia Tech ( The primary duties of the position will consist of research in the overlapping areas of quantum information theory and condensed matter, writing peer-reviewed publications, and presenting research results to a wider research community both regionally and internationally. The work will also require close collaboration and interaction with students, postdocs, and faculty members at Virginia Tech, as well as an international set of collaborators.

At the research associate level, this position will also entail collaboration with, as well as mentoring and supervision of junior researchers. Rank of position will be determined by qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications

Postdoctoral associate applicants must hold a Ph.D. in either Quantum Information Science, Theoretical Condensed Matter, AMO Physics or a closely related field. PhD must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.

Senior research associate applicants must have a Ph.D. in either Quantum Information Science, Theoretical Condensed Matter, AMO Physics or a closely related field. Prior postdoctoral experience. A strong background in Quantum Mechanics and programming skills are necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of fundamental concepts of quantum information and quantum many-body theory.

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Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

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Additional Information

Qualified candidates must electronically submit an online application that includes a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, and a list of at least 3 references to

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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