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Postdoctoral Research Associate / Fellow, Quantum Algorithms for Chemical Dynamics job with UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY

  • 3-year full-time fixed-term contract, located on the Camperdown Campus of the School of Chemistry
  • Opportunity to make valuable contributions to quantum algorithm research
  • Base salary Level A/B $95,047 per year – $110,856 per year + 17% superannuation

About the Opportunity

We are looking to name a Post doctorate Research Associate/Fellow (Quantum algorithms for chemical dynamics) to undertake research on chemical applications of quantum computing under the guidance of Associate Professor Ivan Kassal (

Chemistry and materials science are among the most promising applications of quantum computing, especially using short-term quantum devices. The successful candidate will work with Associate Professor Kassal to rigorously evaluate the performance of numerical quantum algorithms to simulate chemical dynamics, develop new ones, and identify the most promising chemical reactions for early demonstrations of quantum advantage. Our goal is to identify the best algorithms for the toughest problems in chemistry, in order to get the most out of early quantum computers.

Your main responsibilities will be to:

  • undertake theoretical and computational research at the interface of quantum information science and theoretical chemistry
  • disseminate research results through publications and presentations at conferences
  • contribute to research planning, project management and grant writing
  • mentor undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • establish and maintain external collaborations
  • perform limited administrative functions, such as managing supercomputer accounts.

The University of Sydney School of Chemistry is one of the leading chemistry departments in the country, with exceptional staff and students undertaking world-class teaching and research. Our more than 30 academic staff, 100 research staff and 100 research students conduct research across the spectrum of pure and applied chemistry. Our excellence in research is recognized by numerous prizes and awards given to staff members and by the awarding of more than $7 million in research funding each year. With the support of over 30 professional, technical and administrative staff, the School of Chemistry administers and provides undergraduate education to approximately 2,500 students. We are committed to creating a diverse workplace by improving equity, access and opportunity, and we work continuously to identify and remove biases and barriers with the goal of making our workplace open, supportive and safe for all.

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You will also have access to the rich quantum ecosystem of Sydney and Australia. The University of Sydney hosts a node of the ARC Center of Excellence for Engineering Quantum Systems and is a member of the Sydney Quantum Academy, along with three other universities in Sydney. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with theorists and experimentalists from all these networks, as well as with our industry collaborators.

About you

The University values ​​courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned with these values ​​and are looking for a Post doctorate Research Associate / Fellow (Quantum algorithms for chemical dynamics) who has:

  • a PhD (or nearly completed) in physics, chemistry, computer science or a related field
  • experience in theoretical or computational techniques in one or more of the following fields: design and analysis of quantum algorithms, quantum simulation, quantum dynamics, chemical dynamics (especially non-adiabatic photochemistry, strong fields or high-precision spectroscopy)
  • demonstrated ability to conduct research under limited supervision
  • experience in disseminating important research results through publications and presentations
  • demonstrated ability to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams to contribute to long-term research goals
  • excellent communication (written and verbal), organizational and problem-solving skills with attention to detail.

The starting level will be determined based on the candidate’s skills, experience and knowledge.

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At the University of Sydney, our shared values ​​include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a university community that reflects the larger community we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase the participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people with disabilities, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all walks of life.

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