Quantum Researcher / Engineering and Physical Sciences Researcher - Mid to Experienced Level

National Security Agency   Fort Meade, MD   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on June 15, 2022
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RESPONSIBILITIES
NSA is home to the largest, most established in-house research organization in the U.S. Intelligence Community, employing scientists with world-class skills in fields such as mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, and cybersecurity. We collaborate with leading companies, universities, and national laboratories to leverage work in overlapping disciplines, advance core capabilities, and seek out and develop revolutionary ideas that will provide our nation with an overwhelming advantage. The Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS) is seeking quantum information scientists to work in a fast-paced team environment where university, industry, and federal government scientists collaborate on research in quantum and cryogenic devices, advanced communication, sensing, and computer technologies. As a Quantum Researcher, and member of the LPS Quantum Computing Program Management team, you will push the frontiers of science by leveraging your expertise, ideas, and vision to: - Lead projects, working alongside physicists, engineers, computer scientists, and system architects to help shape the future of U.S. computing interests; - Conduct research in modeling and simulation of quantum information systems. This research is aimed at gaining a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of various choices for realizing arrangements of quantum systems that provide advantage over classical alternatives for computation and sensing; - Attract and collaborate with leading scientists in quantum computing across governments, industry, and academia to understand the latest state-of-the-art research, and identify future research gaps and needs; - Implement strategies by directing U.S. Government investments; - Advance U.S. leadership in quantum information science for the benefit of the American people.
SKILLS
The ideal candidate should have excellent problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills, and possess a range of knowledge and experience in at least two of the following areas: - Several layers of a quantum information system hierarchy, with an emphasis on logical functionality (e.g., fault tolerant methods, sensor network design, quantum algorithm development in the circuit model paradigm, etc.); - Physical constraints on quantum systems, including the impact of noise and other error sources; - Modeling and/or simulation to include ab initio software development, as well as the ability to leverage existing software, using languages such as python, C or ++; - Quantum characterization (e.g., randomized benchmarking, tomographic methods, etc.).
PAY BENEFITS & WORK SCHEDULE
On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 to 1800 hrs (flexible).
POSITION SUMMARY
As an Engineering and Physical Science professional, you will use your skills to create the systems and tools that will be used to enhance the operation of intelligence. You will advise, administer and perform scientific projects, such as planning, designing, and constructing specialized equipment, and ensuring adherence to sound engineering and scientific standards and principles. The NSA offers multiple areas of focus for facilities engineers, including computer, architectural, electrical, mechanical, and structural. In addition, we are seeking skills that include computer design, microelectronics, radio frequency design, and systems engineering. Apply your science and engineering skills to protect the nation.
HOW TO APPLY
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