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Postdoctoral Research Position in Quantum Information Theory

Job ID 2008 Date posted 01/08/2020


Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.



Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is the scientific, extreme scale Data Laboratory in the US. With over 133 PB of archived data, we host the largest scientific data archive in the US and the 3rd largest worldwide. In contrast to many others, this is an active archive were we continuously reuse all the data in the archive. In 2017 we analyzed 500PB of data on site. This data comes largely from the many scientific user facilities that we support at BNL such as: the unique nuclear physics experiment RHIC, the brightest synchrotron in the world NSLS II, the largest Tier 1 center for the LHC Atlas experiment, the Japanese particle physics experiment Belle II, the Center for Functional Nano Materials and the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement program. BNL is currently in the process of building a new 60,000 sq. ft. Data Center to accommodate its growing operations.

As a result we have a lively, fast growing data science research program at BNL, with a specific focus on the challenges presented by the analysis, interpretation and use of data at extreme scales and in real time. The data science program is accompanied by significant computational modeling research effort, in support of the design, planning, analysis and interpretation of experiments and their results. The Computational Science Initiative (CSI - https://www.bnl.gov/compsci/) provides the laboratory wide umbrella for these activities, bringing together computer scientists, applied mathematicians and domain scientists to carry out leading edge research, convert research results into practical solutions that advance domain science and provide the necessary computing infrastructure services and training to support efficient operation.



Position Description:

The quantum computing group at CSI/BNL invites applications for a research associate positionin theoretical quantum information science, with a start date of Summer/Fall of 2020.

The successful candidate will work closely with Layla Hormozi and other members of the group on topics related to error correcting codes and topological phases of matter. The term of employment for this position will be for two years contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds by the end of the first year.



Position Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, Mathematics, Theoretical Computer Science or related discipline
  • Prior research experience in at least one of the following topics:
    • Quantum Error Correcting Codes
    • Topological Phases of Matter
  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team
  • The candidate is expected to have proven written and oral communication skills and contribute to the dissemination of research results by writing manuscripts and give academic presentations.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • A good understanding of the physics of strongly correlated systems, topological quantum field theories or tensor networks and their applications in condensed matter and high energy physics
  • Some programming and data analysis skills
  • Working knowledge of existing NISQ devices

Other Information:

  • In addition to applying online at BNL Careers, please also arrange to have the following documents emailed (in PDF format) to Layla Hormozi (hormozi@bnl.gov):
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Statement of Research Interests
    • Three letters of recommendation
  • The review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years. 

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical Plans
  • Dental Plans
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits


We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment. To be considered for this position, please apply online at BNL Careers and enter the job title into the Keyword Search.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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