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Job summary

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate to work on the recently established Samsung-Imperial project “Quantum Simulation for New Quantum Materials”.

Full time, fixed-term, based at the South Kensington campus. Salary £40,215 – £47,579* plus benefits. Reference NAT00632. 

Closing date: 17 February 2020

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Duties and responsibilities

Many of the unsolved problems in materials science are directly related to the limitations of classical computers. Our lack of understanding of strongly-correlated quantum phenomena such as high-temperature superconductivity, rare-earth magnetism, and molecular excitations has been a major obstacle to new technological applications.

The main task of the successful candidate  is to use noisy-intermediate-scale hardware of quantum computers to tackle real-world problems in materials science. The duties will include identifying concrete problems, developing new algorithms and implementation schemes for quantum simulations. The successful candidate will have direct access to the state-of-the-art IBM Q quantum computer. In this interdisciplinary project,  you will work in a dedicated team of postdocs and PhD students led by Professor Myungshik Kim, Professor Peter Haynes and Dr Johannes Knolle.

Essential requirements

You must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Theory of Quantum Many-Body Systems, Quantum Chemistry, Simulation of Quantum Materials, Electronic Structure Calculations or Quantum Information and Quantum Algorithms

You must also meet the following essential criteria:

  •  Commensurate with experience, a strong record of research delivery and publications in at least one of the above areas, as well as a strong interest and the ability to learn about the others.
  •  Proven expertise in programming and numerical methods for quantum many-body systems, quantum chemistry or quantum information.  
  •  Ability to work independently and collaboratively.

Existing experience with quantum simulation is highly beneficial.

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566  per annum.

More information about the Department of Physics, and the staff benefits that we offer can be found on our webpages.

The Department of Physics is an IoP JUNO Champion and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner reflecting our commitment to building a supportive, inclusive and highly motivated community.

 Queries relating to the application process should be directed to Judith Baylis Senior Section Administrator – [email protected]; Queries relating to the research projects should be directed to Myungshik Kim – [email protected]

 For any technical queries during the application process, contact [email protected]

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.


About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

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