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Research Assistant, Quantum

Universities Space Research Association
Mountain View, CA
  • Expired: October 21, 2020. Applications are no longer accepted.

USRA is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine, planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations. USRA engages the creativity and authoritative expertise of the research community to develop and deliver sophisticated, forward-looking solutions to Federal agencies and other customers - on schedule and within budget.

USRA's Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science (RIACS) operates a Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab at NASA's Ames Research Center that conducts strategic multi-disciplinary, integrative research and science that supports NASA's long-term mission requirements. Research focuses on testing and evaluating emerging quantum hardware, investigations of quantum mechanisms that may be used to provide a quantum advantage, development of new algorithms and software for quantum computing, and application of quantum computing to a range of real-world problems involving planning and scheduling, machine learning, and fault diagnostics. The team works in partnership with a number of organizations from academia, industry and the U.S.

Government. Position Summary: The Research Assistant for Quantum Computing will develop and analyze algorithms designed to leverage noisy intermediate scale quantum (NISQ) computers and perform experiments on experimental and commercial quantum computing devices of interest to NASA and other partners from the U.S. Government, academia and industry.

In addition, they will explore robustness of quantum hardware for best practice programming and calibration techniques and illuminate inner workings to better understand mechanisms used to provide quantum computational advantage. Example research problems include: - Develop, test, and analyze performance of advanced mixer strategies for Quantum Approximate Optimization Algorithm (QAOA) and related algorithms. - Developments of new analytical, experimental, or numerical techniques to better analyze realistic quantum computational paradigms.

Designs of appropriate benchmarking approaches with application related problem sets. - Test applications of quantum computing for specific sponsor problems such as planning and scheduling of unmanned aerial systems and autonomous mobile robots, data analysis, and other partner problems in the domain of optimization and machine learning. Essential Duties/Responsibilities: - Write internal reports describing methods, and summaries of experimental results.

- Write code that implements algorithms and scripts to run code, collect and analyze data. - Perform a variety of duties in support of the research goals and objectives. - Perform data analysis, for research projects and maintains databases of scientific information.

- Conduct research under the direction of a scientist. - Assist in the preparation of technical documents and scientific papers. - Assist in the development of oral presentations, including preparation of slides.

- Contribute technical content to research proposals, research publications, technical briefings, training and dissemination actions, and white papers. - Other job related duties as assigned. Required Qualifications: - 0 to two years in the field of Quantum Physics, Applied Mathematics, or Applied Computer Science.

- Strong research success contributing to obtaining new funding in the areas above. - Excellent organizational and communication skills. Education: - Bachelors degree in Physics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Mathematics.

Desired Experience: - Experience developing numerical models and algorithms. - Experience designing, running and analyzing algorithms on quantum hardware. - Experience building tools that enable effective use of near-term quantum hardware.

- Experience with optimization and/or machine learning methods. Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: - Ability to work independently and effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team. - Ability to prioritize tasks, coordinate work of others, and meet multiple deadlines.

Technology: - Proficiency in Microsoft Office, LaTeX or similar applications. - Understanding of the near-term hardware platforms of quantum computing, specifically. superconducting-qubit based chips.

Working Conditions: This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, etc. This is largely a sedentary role.

Applicants should apply to the posting at USRA Careers and include a letter of interest, resume, or curriculum vita. Additional information on USRA can be found at . USRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity.

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