Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Quantum Computing (Ford Alliance Project)

Melbourne, Australia
$110,236 - $130,900 p.a. plus 17% super
23 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
23 Apr 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Location: Parkville
Role type: Full-time; Fixed-term for 2 years
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department/School: School of Physics
Salary: Level B – $110,236 - $130,900 p.a. plus 17% super

About - School of Physics

The University of Melbourne's School of Physics is one of Australia's leading Physics Schools. It has achieved this status through the high quality of its research and teaching programs. The School also plays a major role in the Australian Synchrotron research program, and in the development of the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory.

About the Role

The School of Physics is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow in the area of quantum computing, supported by the Ford Alliance Program/Zero Emissions Energy Lab and the IBM Quantum Hub at The University of Melbourne. The Research Fellow will be expected to undertake high-level research in the application of quantum computers to mobility space optimisation problems, engaging with the Ford quantum computing team, and with the IBM Q Hub at the University of Melbourne (QHub).

The appointee will be based at the University of Melbourne Parkville campus and work under the supervision of Prof Lloyd Hollenberg.

The University of Melbourne provides a wide range of opportunities for exciting research collaborations, and the Research Fellow will be encouraged to develop collaborative links within the School as well as externally, in line with the strategic direction of the School of Physics.

You are expected to significantly contribute towards the research effort of the team and to develop your research expertise with an increasing degree of autonomy.

You will:

  • Contribute to and publish academic papers and other scholarly outputs to a high academic standard in accordance with the research expectations of the University of Melbourne
  • Actively coordinate and/or participate in research seminars and conferences to disseminate research findings as opportunities arise.
  • Contribute to the preparation, or where appropriate individual preparation of research proposal submissions to internal or external funding bodies as relevant
  • Additionally, you would contribute to teaching, training, scientific mentoring and supervision of students

Ideally, you will have the following

  • A PhD or equivalent in a relevant area of quantum computing
  • A demonstrated research experience in practical quantum computing on noisy intermediate scale quantum devices
  • Experience in assisting with the supervision of students undertaking undergraduate or higher degree research projects
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare research reports and manuscripts for publication

About the University

The University of Melbourne is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements, generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact  us at

Applications close: 23 APRIL 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position description: 0058951_Postdoc RF Ford Alliance Project Quantum Computing_PD.pdf