Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Research Scientist

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Science & Engineering
Organization:  Physical and Life Sciences
Posting Requirement:  External Posting
Job ID: 102760
Job Code: Science & Engineering MTS 3 (SES.3)
Date Posted: September 06 2017

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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for a research scientist to work on developing novel quantum devices, experiments, and methods for applications in open quantum system dynamics, quantum information, and quantum emulation/simulation.  You will work with the quantum device design team to envision, create, build and test the next generation of quantum hardware to enable DOE science and technology missions.  This position is in the Quantum Coherent Device Physics group of the Physics Division.

Essential Duties
- Contribute to the design, simulation, characterization and control of quantum coherent superconducting devices with applications in quantum emulation, quantum computation and quantum sensing.
- Collaborate internally and externally with a multi-disciplinary team including physicists, computer scientists, and engineers to develop and implement advanced applications for near term quantum devices.
- Contribute to maintenance and installation of low-noise cryogenic and high vacuum environments for experiments with quantum coherent devices.
- Publish research results in external peer-reviewed scientific journals and participate in domestic/international conferences.
- Develop research proposals and lead independent, complementary, research efforts.
- Mentor students, and postdoctoral researchers.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

- PhD in physics, quantum optics, quantum information or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Advanced knowledge in the following areas (both theory and experiment): circuit quantum electrodynamics, quantum measurement and quantum optimal control.
- Significant experience with the design, characterization, and implementation of ultra-low loss devices in the quantum regime.
- Significant experience with signal generation and processing techniques used in quantum computing with superconducting circuits.
- Significant experience in full life-cycle development of quantum hardware including conception, iterative design and modeling, verification and validation of Hamiltonian parameters through precision microwave characterization and optimal control for targeted applications.
- Advanced verbal and written communication skills necessary to work in a multidisciplinary team environment, author technical and scientific reports, publications, deliver scientific presentations, explain technical information and provide advice to management.
- Significant experience presenting research results to a large audience and/or publication record in peer-reviewed literature.
- Advanced interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a diverse set of scientists, engineers, and other technical and administrative staff with the ability to perform innovative research in a team oriented environment.

Desired Qualifications
- Ability to design and implement novel applications for existing/future quantum hardware.
- Experience with C++, python, COMSOL, HFSS and the Quantum Toolbox in Python (QuTIP).
- Experience with classical simulation of quantum many-problems or other complementary domain expertise.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Security Clearance:  None required.


Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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