Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow (Quantum Algorithms for Chemical Dynamics)

Sydney, Australia
$95,047 p.a. - $110,856p.a. + 17% superannuation
10 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
13 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time 3 years fixed term, located on the Camperdown Campus at the School of Chemistry
  • Opportunity to make valuable contributions to research in Quantum Algorithms
  • Base Salary Level A/B $95,047 p.a. - $110,856p.a. + 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Fellow (Quantum Algorithms for Chemical Dynamics) to undertake research on chemical applications of quantum computing under the supervision of Associate Professor Ivan Kassal (

Chemistry and materials science are among the most promising applications of quantum computation, especially using near-term quantum devices. The successful candidate will work with Associate Professor Kassal to rigorously benchmark the performance of digital quantum algorithms for simulating chemical dynamics, develop new ones, and identify chemical reactions that are most promising for early demonstrations of quantum advantage. Our goal is to identify the best algorithms for the hardest problems in chemistry, so that we can take maximum advantage of early quantum computers.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • undertake theoretical and computational research at the interface of quantum information science and theoretical chemistry
  • disseminate research results through publications and conference presentations
  • contribute to research planning, project management, and grant writing
  • mentor undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • establish and maintain external collaborations
  • carry out limited administrative functions, such as maintaining supercomputer accounts.

The School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney is a leading Chemistry department in the country, with outstanding staff and students undertaking world-leading teaching and research. Our more than 30 academic staff, 100 research staff, and 100 research students conduct research across the full spectrum of pure and applied chemistry. Our research excellence is recognised by numerous prizes and awards to individual staff members and the award of over $7 million in research funding each year. With the support of over 30 professional, technical and administrative staff, the School of Chemistry administers and delivers undergraduate teaching for about 2500 students. We are committed to creating a diverse workplace by improving equity, access and opportunity, and we are continuously working to identify and remove biases and barriers in an effort to make our workplace open, supportive and safe for everyone.

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You will also have access to the rich quantum ecosystem in Sydney and in Australia. The University of Sydney hosts a node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems and is a member of the Sydney Quantum Academy, along with three other Sydney universities. You will have opportunities to collaborate with theorists and experimentalists across all of these networks, as well as with our collaborators in industry.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate / Fellow (Quantum Algorithms for Chemical Dynamics) who has:

  • a PhD (or near completion) in physics, chemistry, computer science, or a related field
  • experience in theoretical or computational techniques in one or more of the following areas: design and analysis of quantum algorithms, quantum simulation, quantum dynamics, chemical dynamics (esp. non-adiabatic photochemistry, strong fields, or high-precision spectroscopy)
  • demonstrated ability to conduct research under limited supervision
  • a track record of disseminating significant research results through publications and presentations
  • demonstrated ability to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams to contribute to long-term research goals
  • excellent communication (written and verbal), organisational and problem-solving skills with attention to detail.

The commencement level will be determined based on the candidate's skills, experience, and knowledge.

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