IBM Postdoctoral Trainees

In collaboration with IBM, the CQE seeks postdoctoral candidates with research interests in the experimental or theoretical implications of scaling superconducting qubit quantum information processing beyond the confines of a single chip in a single dilution refrigerator.

Successful applicants will help to further technology development and fundamental physical understanding of bidirectional microwave/optical transduction for quantum state transfer. Topics of potential experimental interest include, though are not limited to: understanding the fundamental physics of radio frequency and optical loss sources in electro-optic materials due to intrinsic band structure, surface properties and extrinsic defects; developing next-generation microwave/optical transducers based on opto-mechanical systems; developing prototype electro-optic microwave/optical transducers based on three-wave mixing in novel material systems such as SiC.

This experimental progress is to be coupled with theoretical applicants working to understand how to extend quantum information processing algorithms, circuit compilation and error correction to systems comprised of this heterogenous connectivity. Topics of potential experimental interest include, though are not limited to: research into efficient compilation methods for distributed quantum computers, including circuit partitioning, mapping, and error mitigation during computation; and developing methods for error correction on a distributed quantum computer with noisy links, and adapting existing methods such as the surface code beyond the confines of a chip.

The CQE’s IBM postdoctoral trainees may be located at the following CQE member institutions: University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, or Northwestern University.

The CQE’s IBM postdoctoral trainees will have access to member institutions, including a wide breadth of tools and capabilities that make investigation of cutting-edge quantum science and technology possible. The postdocs will work at member institutions that support their individual areas of research and will receive dual mentorship at both the institution where they are placed and another member institution or IBM.

Each trainee will be provided with salary and benefits, in addition to $5,000 in discretionary research funding annually. These positions are made possible through a partnership between the CQE and the IBM Q Network.

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SUMMER 2020 Update: Experimental applicants are particularly encouraged to apply.

Candidates may submit their applications below. Applications are being accepted now and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.