Quantum Researcher / Engineering and Physical Sciences Researcher - Mid to Expert Level (MD Location)

National Security Agency   Fort Meade, MD   Full-time     Engineering
Posted on September 2, 2023
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NSA's 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. LPS is seeking multiple Quantum Researchers to push the frontiers of science by leveraging your expertise, ideas, and vision to serve in one or more of the following roles: - Project Director: Serve as a Project Director, working alongside physicists, engineers, computer scientists, and system architects to help shape the future of U.S. computing interests. - Lead Researcher in Modeling and Simulation: Lead research in modeling and simulation of quantum information systems and devices. 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. - Lead Researcher in Solid State Quantum Information Systems: Lead experimental research in solid state quantum information systems. This research is aimed at understanding the physics behind performance limits of current quantum devices and developing disruptive qubit materials, devices, and technologies for semiconductor and superconductor quantum computing. - Quantum Information Science Researcher: Conduct computational, theoretical, or experimental research in a dynamic team environment focused on one of the topic areas described above. As a Quantum Researcher, and valued member of the LPS Program Management team, you will leverage your expertise, ideas, and vision to: - Lead projects that shape the future of U.S. computing interests; - Conduct research in modeling and simulation of quantum information systems; - Collaborate with leading scientists in quantum computing across government, 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 (QIS) for the benefit of the entire nation.
You 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 and C++; - Quantum characterization (e.g., randomized benchmarking, tomographic methods, etc.).
Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. This position is hiring for Maryland. Salary Range: $97,876 - $183,500 (Full Performance, Senior, Expert). Advancement: Cross-organizational mentoring is highly encouraged and readily available for all employees. Training is available through: continuing education classes provided by our internal school, vendor training, and a variety of tuition assistance programs. You can also take advantage of work assignment or travel opportunities, both stateside and abroad, or direct engagements with other Intelligence Community agencies. Work/Life Balance: As Federal employees, our employees enjoy job security, relocation assistance, flexible work schedules, generous leave programs, free onsite fitness centers at many locations, available paid personal fitness time within your normal work schedule, flexible health and life insurance, Federal retirement pension, matching employee retirement contributions to the Federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) for up to 5% of salary, and competitive pay. The typical work schedule is Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 to 1800 hrs (flexible).
Want to be a part of an elite team where your work has a global impact by researching and developing revolutionary ideas that will provide our nation with an overwhelming advantage? We have an opportunity for you! As a Quantum Researcher at NSA, the creativity of you and your team is essential to investigate and implement effective solutions for internal and Agency-supported customers around the world. Your efforts will drive global impacts that may include: saving lives of U.S. and ally soldiers; providing U.S. policy and decision makers with critical, timely intelligence; ensuring the continued safety of U.S. citizens and residents by thwarting foreign adversaries; and defending vital networks.
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