About the Role

Applications are invited for a number of openings at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) for the development of theoretical algorithms, software and models for quantum computers. This is an opportunity for motivated individuals to join NPL’s Quantum Technologies Department within Ivan Rungger's team (https://www.npl.co.uk/people/ivan-rungger) to work in the Quantum Information Processing group in Teddington (London). The work will be done in collaboration with leading quantum computing companies and Universities 

The roles can be at different levels of seniority from Masters to Postdoctoral level,  on a permanent contract basis. The research will be within the following areas:

  • Development of condensed matter theory applications on quantum computers
  • Model design using machine learning techniques
  • Multiscale materials simulations, ranging from ab initio atomic scale simulations to continuum models
  • Collaborative work with experimental teams at NPL, quantum hardware companies and Universities
About You

You should have a Ph.D. or M.Sc. in computational physics, chemistry, mathematics or related subjects. Required skills vary across the roles, and you will need to demonstrate expertise in at least one and preferably more of the following areas:

  • Development of algorithms and software for materials simulations and their application
  • Development of quantum computing algorithms and software
  • Machine learning techniques
  • Experience in the use of ab initio simulation software (e.g. Siesta, Quantum Espresso, Vasp)
  • Device simulations

For the more senior roles an excellent publication track record will be important, as will be the demonstration of the ability to work independently. The senior roles will also require excellent leadership and communications skills, since you will need to mentor those with less experience than you. Across all roles you will be expected to develop commercial and academic collaborations and support any bids we may be undertaking as well as propose your own bids.

We ask that in your application you include a list of publications in your CV and provide a covering statement describing your background, key research accomplishments and how your skills match the position.
We will be reviewing applications prior to the official close date, so we may change the close date if needed.
About The Company

We’re transforming. As a national laboratory, we’re exploring even more commercial routes to market and that’s presenting us with greater opportunity – for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefitsNPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.