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Job ID: 192857
Location: BETHESDA, MD, United States
Date Posted: Nov 22, 2019
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Physicist
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: TS/SCI with Poly
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
Potential for Remote Work: No

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Job Description


Technical SETA support is needed for a research program to discover how the full potential of quantum annealing can be harnessed to enhance solutions to large-scale optimization problems of practical interest. SETA work for this program will include the comprehensive quantification of comparative performance of quantum annealing relative to conventional and novel classical, digital algorithms and processing, in the solution of classical optimization problems. Support is required for development and assessment of algorithms and their mapping and embedding to novel quantum annealing systems for specific applications of interest, and for their benchmarking against commercial annealing systems.




  • Analysis of and reporting on the significance of performer results relative to goals, the quality of performer work against technical plans and objectives, and the development of technical goals and objectives

  • Maintenance, organization and critical analysis of reporting from performers on a recurring basis

  • Work in close collaboration with the Program Analyst to analyze and resolve financial and programmatic issues

  • Provide administrative assistance in preparation of reports, archives, statements of work, and planning, including all aspects of execution of technical interchange meetings with performers or stakeholders under direction of the PM

  • Work with technical performers and stakeholders in a positive and professional manner under direction of the PM, and on tight timelines with hard suspense dates for high quality communications to leadership

  • Plan and execute technical interchange meetings, on an as needed basis and under the leadership of the PM, and in close collaboration and coordination with a separate internal events coordination team

  • Provide proactive, effective, and efficient administrative assistance to the PM in planning and all aspects of execution of required programmatic events, in collaboration with the Program Analyst

  • Build scientific and programmatic presentations that are richly illustrated with technical and scientific detail and information, proficiently distilled to a level of understanding by the audience, and possessing at times dynamic simulation and animated effects.









PhD degree in physics and or electrical engineering, and preferably directly related to coherent superconducting qubit physics, materials, device designs, measurement, and applications of quantum annealing

The highly complex nature of the program requires a SETA possessing the following:

advanced physics and or engineering training and experience

Subject Matter Expert level familiarity with quantum annealing, and related superconducting qubits, readout, and circuits

proficiency with mathematics including combinatorial optimization for fault diagnostics, scheduling, kSAT, and graph isomorphism applications

fluency with related digital processing algorithms, hardware, and systems

fluency with optimal hardware and operating conditions to achieve quantum effects and dynamics promoting quantum enhancement of annealing systems employing spin qubits

experience with and working knowledge of electronics components and systems required for control, measurement, and analysis of quantum coherence and entanglement, and measurement of physical and electrical behavior of devices and systems

proficiency with programming in various languages with various tools (VB for Excel, Mathematica, Matlab, c, c++, Python, etc.) for wide-ranging scientific modeling and related numerical and analytical analyses, with associated statistics.

Must have or be able to obtain a TS/SCI with Poly.

Desired Qualifications


Fluency with derivation and simulation of the Hamiltonian of a system of qubits.  

Intimate knowledge of quantum state tomography, density matrix formalisms for qubit measurement, quantum gates, and the science and measurement of entanglement and its extension across multiple qubits

Knowledge of superconducting and supporting electronics and architectures required to achieve high-fidelity and fast measurement of qubits, at the quantum limit of sensitivity



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