Research Associate in Quantum Simulation for New Quantum Materials

Imperial College London

United Kingdom

Job summary

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to work on the newly established Samsung-Imperial project “Quantum Simulation for New Quantum Materials”.  

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00632
  • Date posted 16 January 2020
  • Closing date 17 February 2020

Key information about the role

    Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,215 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Physics
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to work on the newly established Samsung-Imperial project “Quantum Simulation for New Quantum Materials”.


Duties and responsibilities

Many of the unsolved problems in materials science are directly related to the limitations of classical computers. Our lack of understanding of strongly-correlated quantum phenomena such as high-temperature superconductivity, rare-earth magnetism, and molecular excitations has been a major obstacle to new technological applications.

The main task of the successful candidate  is to use noisy-intermediate-scale hardware of quantum computers to tackle real-world problems in materials science. The duties will include identifying concrete problems, developing new algorithms and implementation schemes for quantum simulations. The successful candidate will have direct access to the state-of-the-art IBM Q quantum computer. In this interdisciplinary project,  you will work in a dedicated team of postdocs and PhD students led by Professor Myungshik Kim, Professor Peter Haynes and Dr Johannes Knolle.


Essential requirements

You must hold a PhD , (or equivalent) in Theory of Quantum Many-Body Systems, Quantum Chemistry, Simulation of Quantum Materials, Electronic Structure Calculations or Quantum Information and Quantum Algorithms

You must also meet the following essential criteria

  •  Commensurate with experience, a strong record of research delivery and publications in at least one of the above areas, as well as a strong interest and the ability to learn about the others.
  •  Proven expertise in programming and numerical methods for quantum many-body systems, quantum chemistry or quantum information.  
  •  Ability to work independently and collaboratively.

Existing experience with quantum simulation is highly beneficial.


Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566  per annum.

More information about the Department of Physics, and the staff benefits that we offer can be found on our webpages.

The Department of Physics is an IoP JUNO Champion and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner reflecting our commitment to building a supportive, inclusive and highly motivated community.

 Queries relating to the application process should be directed to Judith Baylis Senior Section Administrator –; Queries relating to the research projects should be directed to Myungshik Kim –

 For any technical queries during the application process, contact

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