Sandia National Laboratories Postdoctoral Appointee - Quantum Algorithms in Albuquerque, New Mexico


This postdoctoral position is a temporary position for up to one year, which may be renewed at Sandia's discretion up to five additional years. The PhD must have been conferred within five years prior to employment.

Individuals in postdoctoral positions may bid on regular Sandia positions as internal candidates, and in some cases may be converted to regular career positions during their term if warranted by ongoing operational needs, continuing availability of funds, and satisfactory job performance.


We are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee to conduct research related to quantum information sciences.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Pursue research in quantum approaches to discrete optimization, machine learning, and/or simulation, as well as other classes of quantum algorithms
  • Conduct research utilizing knowledge of classical approaches to discrete optimization, approximation algorithms, or more general theoretical computer science
  • Work under the guidance of and in collaboration with accomplished experts in quantum information science and theoretical computer science
  • Publish results in relevant journals and present at conferences


  • PhD in physics, computer science, mathematics, electrical engineering or related discipline
  • Experience in quantum algorithm development, quantum complexity theory, adiabatic quantum computing theory, quantum information theory, or quantum error correction
  • Proficiency in a programming language such as C/C++ or Python
  • Good communication skills as evidenced by a history of publication of results in peer-reviewed journals and external presentations at appropriate scientific conferences
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoE Q clearance


  • Interdisciplinary background with expertise in classical discrete optimization, machine learning, or theoretical computer science
  • Willingness to work in a collaborative team environment and interested in interdisciplinary research
  • Experience making effective technical presentations

Department Description:

Successful applicants will join Sandia’s Quantum Algorithms for Optimization and Learning and Simulation (QOALAS) team. QOALAS is a DOE-funded effort to develop new quantum algorithms for optimization, machine learning, and quantum simulation, bringing together an interdisciplinary team of quantum information scientists and computer scientists from Caltech, Los Alamos Lab, The University of Maryland, and Virginia Commonwealth University. More information is available at .

More broadly, the Discrete Math and Optimization Department conducts research and development mathematics and computing in support of Sandia missions. Principle areas of focus include graph algorithms, parallel computing, combinatorial optimization, integer programming, and quantum algorithms. Enabling technologies and software tools are important products of the department. The department works on a wide variety of application areas including scientific computing, systems software, logistics and sensor placement.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
  • Extraordinary co-workers
  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
  • Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

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Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT