Senior Quantum Error Correction Researcher

Full Time
Employment Information

Cambridge, UK | Full-time | Permanent

Salary: £62,000 to £88,000 DOE

We will also consider part-time applications for this role. Please indicate your preferred working schedule in your cover letter.


About us 

Riverlane’s mission is to make quantum computing useful, sooner. From advances in material science to complex chemistry simulation for drug design and discovery, quantum computers will help solve some of the world’s most important challenges. Riverlane is building the quantum error correction stack to make this happen. It’s a complex problem that requires a range of skills, talent and passion. We’re making remarkable progress and growing fast.


About the role

As a Senior Quantum Error Correction Researcher at Riverlane, you will help us to develop the world’s first Quantum Error Correction (QEC) stack that will unlock useful quantum computing.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join one of Riverlane’s more theory-focused quantum error correction teams, which works to understand how future large-scale error-corrected calculations will be run on quantum computing hardware. This team is a mix of mathematicians, physicists and software developers, working together on a range of exciting and cutting-edge projects. As a senior researcher, you will lead projects within the team and, as Riverlane continues to grow, there will be opportunities for those interested in leadership roles.

Collaborating extensively with other teams within Riverlane, as well as with world-leading external partners, the critical work you will do as a Senior Quantum Error Correction Researcher will directly contribute to Riverlane’s Quantum Error Correction Stack.


What you will do 

As a Senior QEC Researcher at Riverlane, your work will vary and will include:

  • Exploring existing and develop new QEC protocols
  • Working with hardware partners to propose and optimise QEC experiments
  • Leading projects involving a small team of colleagues
  • Developing relationships with new partners and customers
  • Sharing expertise and collaborate with other teams at Riverlane to guide development of various parts of the QEC stack
  • Writing papers and present work at conferences


What we need 

  • PhD in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, or a related technical field (or equivalent professional experience)
  • Proven ability to undertake high-quality theoretical work (for example, through publications)
  • Experience driving the direction of scientific work
  • Experience leading projects involving multiple people
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, with the ability to discuss complex ideas with a variety of audiences in a clear and simple way
  • Some knowledge of QEC


Even better if you have… 

  • Knowledge of Python and/or C++
  • QEC experience evidenced by a scientific publications
  • Experience running experiments on quantum computers
  • A track record of winning contracts or grants


How to apply 

Please upload a CV and covering letter by clicking ‘Apply Now‘. Your covering letter should explain why you are applying for the job and what skills and experience you can bring to the role.

We review CVs as we receive them and interview as soon as we have applications that look like a good match (usually within one week). We do not use closing dates. So, please apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this role. We advertised this role on 26th June 2024.

If you have any queries, please contact [email protected].

Everyone is welcome at Riverlane. We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from eligible and suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender reassignment, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity/paternity.

If you need any adjustments made to the application or selection process so you can do your best, please let us know. We will be happy to help.

What you can expect from us 

A comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Private medical insurance, life insurance and a contributory pension scheme
  • Equity so that our team can share in the long-term success of Riverlane
  • 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays and enhanced family leave
  • A diverse work environment that brings together experts in many fields (including software and hardware development, quantum information theory, physics and maths) and over 20 different nationalities
  • A learning environment that encourages individual, team and company growth and learning, including an annual training and conference budget