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Quantum Information Scientist At 1QBit

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Job Description

1QBit is dedicated to solving the world’s most intractable challenges by recasting problems to harness the power of quantum computing. We identify intractable industry problems and apply breakthroughs in computation to machine intelligence and optimization science to build software that allows applications to continually benefit from advances in both quantum and classical hardware.

We believe that quantum technologies will form the next pillar of computational progress. We research, benchmark and build software development kits, online platforms, and applications that make the power of quantum computers accessible to researchers, developers and industry-leading organizations so they can solve their most difficult problems in fields such as optimization, simulation, and machine learning.

As an interdisciplinary team of world-class mathematicians, physicists, operations research scientists, computer scientists, software developers, computational chemists, and quantum computing experts, we share a curiosity and drive to uncover new ways of solving currently intractable problems using advanced classical and quantum systems.

Our work is guided by a shared set of values focused on five fundamental principles:

  • Audacity – A drive to pioneer and apply new methods. To dream without limit and then do the hard work of bringing your ideas into reality.
  • Open Thinking – A belief in the sharing of ideas. To approach each exploration with a receptive mindset and collaborate openly to produce the best possible results.
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration – A respect for the diversity of people, backgrounds, and skills. A wide range of perspectives reveals a more complete landscape and yields deeper insights.
  • Ownership – A feeling of pride in the work of the team and a deep sense of purpose and accomplishment from your contribution.
  • Beginner’s Mindset – A desire to improve as an expert while retaining the curiosity and openness that inspired you to begin.


Your Role

As a member of our Hardware Innovations team, you will work in collaboration with other researchers and software developers and will utilize your background in quantum algorithms, computational complexity or quantum information science, and your experience in rapid prototyping and resource estimation to invent and analyze quantum algorithms. You will leverage the scale of 1QBit’s proprietary data, and software infrastructure in conjunction with commercial tools and exotic quantum hardware prototypes. This role could be a full time or a fixed term opportunity.

“Why 1QBit?”, you might ask… Well, as the first company dedicated to the development of quantum computing software, we are defining and transforming how the industry evolves.

If being a pioneer is not enough, you will also have the opportunity to work on some of the world’s most challenging computational problems in the areas of machine learning, optimization, and simulation.


What You'll Do

  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of computer scientists and quantum information scientists
  • Collaborate with hardware partners at 1QBit
  • Investigate, design, implement and analyze different quantum algorithms and error correction schemes for them


What You'll Bring

Members of our team bring a confluence of personality, skills, and intent that contribute to their individual development and our collective growth as an organization. The knowledge and mindset you bring to our team include the following:

  • A PhD or a PhD in progress in Computer Science, Physics or Mathematics with a focus on quantum information and computation
  • Strong graduate level track record of research as demonstrated by your peer reviewed publications and presentations
  • Solid understanding of circuit-model quantum algorithms and the common techniques therein (e.g. quantum phase estimation, quantum amplitude amplification, quantum Fourier transformation, etc.)
  • Familiarity with:
    • Quantum error correction and fault-tolerant quantum computation
    • Resource estimation and error analysis in quantum algorithms
    • Computational complexity, design and asymptotic analysis of algorithms
  • Experience with Unix/Linux and programming skills (e.g. Python and C/C++)
  • Familiarity with data science and machine learning algorithms and tools (deep learning, RBMs, probabilistic graphical models) is a plus
  • Ability to conduct research in an interdisciplinary environment as well as independently
  • Self-motivation and the ability to take initiative and follow through reliably
  • A drive to proactively seek out opportunities to help move projects forward and contribute to their improvement
  • An openness to soliciting feedback to improve your performance; and in turn, continually providing input to team members to elevate team performance and contribute to 1QBit’s culture
  • An eagerness to learn about new trends, tools, and technologies; and to continually consider how these will influence our projects, including their implications and opportunities
  • A dedication to maintaining team unity and success through open communication
  • A commitment to challenge the status quo, take smart risks, and be open to possible failure
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills with both technical and non-technical team members
  • A philosophy of continuous improvement and a passion for knowledge sharing
  • Strong organizational skills, and the ability to effectively manage your tasks and meet deadlines


Who You Are

You share our belief that principles, not policies, enable individuals and teams to apply their unique lens in making decisions. Like all 1QBit team members, you thrive in our flat hierarchy of empowered individuals. You embrace the rigorous examination of thoughts and work of diverse minds from multiple disciplines because you know it uncovers deeper insights and produces robust results. You believe there is no failure in exploration because new breakthroughs often require rigorous examination of multiple paths before a conclusion is reached. You have a desire to apply yourself to purposeful work that is inspiring, meaningful, and fun, to create value for the world by advancing the ability to solve complex problems. You have a relentless curiosity for exploring new methodologies and you have an intrinsic drive to architect the foundation of the quantum ecosystem because you love the challenges and understand the rewards that the next paradigm of computation will bring.