Quantum Chemist

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Palo Alto, CA

Description

The Quantum Chemist will drive efforts to discover, implement, test, and deploy hybrid quantum/classical algorithms for the prediction of chemical properties on near-term quantum circuit hardware. The Quantum Chemist will actively work with QC Ware clients (industrial customers and US federal funding agencies) to develop end-to-end workflows for the quantum solution of real-world chemistry problems. The overarching goal of this role is for the Quantum Chemist to find ways to solve serious chemistry problems on NISQ hardware, where the quantum computing solution offers a performance advantage.

Requirements

  • Experience with quantum circuit algorithms and programming, e.g., within Cirq, Qiskit, PyQuil, or similar
  • Fluency with C++, CUDA, or other high-performance classical programming languages
  • Demonstrated contributions to one or more major classical electronic structure codes
  • Demonstrated experience in solving industrial chemistry problems using classical theoretical chemistry methodology

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with quantum circuit algorithms and programming, e.g., within Cirq, Qiskit, PyQuil, or similar
  • Fluency with C++, CUDA, or other high-performance classical programming languages
  • Demonstrated contributions to one or more major classical electronic structure codes
  • Demonstrated experience in solving industrial chemistry problems using classical theoretical chemistry methodology

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry, Computational Condensed Matter Physics or similar field
  • Demonstrated publication record in quantum chemistry applications and/or methods development projects
  • Fluency with Python
  • Zeal to learn new skills as-needed in mathematics, physics, computer science, and engineering to deliver high-quality technical solutions
  • Ability to work independently and within a larger team

Compensation

  • Attractive cash salary and stock option package
  • Health/vision/dental coverage for employees and dependents
  • Option to work and publish with top-quality university and national lab collaborators.

About You

About QC Ware

QC Ware has an established and growing portfolio of near-term quantum algorithms for quantum chemistry applications. We particularly focus on hybrid quantum/classical algorithms that provide an end-to-end prediction of useful chemical properties such as excitation energies, oscillator strengths, and nuclear gradients, and that use extensive classical pre-computation to compress the “hard kernel” of the problem to the minimal-sized qubit problem. More details can be found in some of our recent papers:

  • MC-VQE+AIEM – arXiv:1901.01234 – Extension of the variational quantum eigensolver (VQE) to even-handed treatment of excited states and transition properties, introduction of the ab initio exciton model (AIEM) as a means to treat systems with thousands of atoms with a few dozen qubits for suitable photochemistry problems.
  • MC-VQE+AIEM Gradients – arXiv:1906.08728 – Application of the Lagrangian formalism of derivative theory in classical electronic structure to efficiently compute analytic nuclear gradients of MC-VQE+AIEM energies.
  • QFD – arXiv:1909.08925 – Method between VQE and QPE that uses more parallel measurements to solve the electronic structure problem via a subspace ansatz of quantum basis functions that are classically diagonalized in postprocessing.
  • Jacobi parameter optimization – arXiv:1904.03206 – semi-global numerical optimization procedure for VQE and QAOA quantum circuit parameter optimization.

We are part of a large collaborative research endeavor in quantum algorithms for photochemistry sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DoE), and involving collaborators at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University. We also deliver quantum algorithms solutions for quantum chemistry for a number of industrial and government clients.

About QC Ware

QC Ware is a quantum computing software company building enterprise solutions that run on quantum hardware. The company also offers professional services to large enterprises that are lacking the right skills to engage in quantum computing right away. The company’s stated objective is to make quantum computing easily accessible to classically-trained data scientists and to offer performance speed-ups on near-term hardware. QC Ware is working towards that goal with one of the world’s strongest teams of quantum algorithms scientists. The company is based in Palo Alto, and it recently opened an office in Paris.

QC Ware offers a very competitive salary, commission, and stock option package as well as health, vision, and dental coverage for an employee and the employee’s dependents.

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