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

Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking Postdoctoral Appointees interested in working on a broad range of challenges in quantum computing. You will be part of a much broader quantum information science effort in the DOE National Laboratories complex and will have an opportunity to engage with researchers and teams across the industry in areas that include:

  • Algorithms and applications for quantum computers – simulation, optimization, machine learning, and beyond

  • Methods for benchmarking, characterizing, and optimizing the performance of quantum processors

  • Development and analysis of novel qubit calibration and control schemes

  • Detailed physics-based quantum device and/or noise modeling

  • Quantum computer architecture, error correction and mitigation

Candidates with varying backgrounds and interests in QIS are encouraged to apply. While the desired location for this position is on the main Sandia campus in Albuquerque (New Mexico) alternative arrangements are possible, including hybrid work modes, or a position in our Livermore CA campus.

The Center for Computing Research is committed to maintaining a culture compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, the center actively recruits applicants from a diverse set of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community.

Qualifications We Require:

  • A PhD in Physics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry, or a related science or engineering field.

  • Record of research as proven by publications in peer-reviewed journals and/or competitive conference proceedings, or high-impact program deliverables.

  • Able to acquire and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance

Qualifications We Desire:

  • A background in quantum information science (quantum algorithms, characterization of quantum hardware, quantum control, quantum error correction, design and modeling of qubits, etc.)

  • Experience using quantum computing testbeds and/or collaboration with experimental efforts developing quantum technologies

  • Graduate-level research experience in atomic, molecular, and optical physics

  • Proficiency in scientific computer programming

  • Experience with developing and running complex science and engineering codes on massively parallel computing clusters, including GPU+CPU hybrid platforms

  • Curiosity about impacting applications and customers in support of DOE mission

About Our Team:

You will be a member of the Quantum Computer Science program at Sandia with strong ties to the Center for Computing Research. Our program pursues foundational research and development of quantum information processors that will provide exponential speed-ups for selected computational problems. Our theory team is central to a much larger QIS program at Sandia and collaborate closely with hundreds of research scientists, postdocs, interns, and collaborators at the University of New Mexico and Los Alamos National Labs. Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

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 with amazing impact 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 work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

  • Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

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 DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Position Information:

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.

Job ID: 682968