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Research Associate in Search Based Synthesis of Quantum Software

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

Summary: Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work on the investigation and development of search techniques (e.g. genetic algorithms, genetic programming, simulated annealing and hill climbing) to the synthesis of software that has a quantum computer as its target. Quantum computing is a computational paradigm that offers tremendous potential if it can be appropriately harnessed. However, finding new programs and algorithms to solve problems of interest is a challenging task. This post will investigate how a range of computational search techniques can be harnessed to discover new software (e.g. programs and algorithms) to run on quantum computers and will also investigate the trade-offs between functional correctness and resources consumed. The envisaged work is clearly inter-disciplinary and challenging. Though expertise in both technical areas would be advantageous candidates with expertise in either area but with a willingness and ability to engage in the other will be considered. The post holder will be expected to have a good honours degree in a scientific or engineering discipline (preferably Computer Science or a discipline that has included study of quantum information) together with a PhD (or close to completion) or equivalent research experience. The post holder will also be expected to have knowledge and research experience of meta-heuristic search techniques OR quantum information processing and will be able to develop software (and adapt available software) to support the research. The post offers the opportunity to work on a prestigious EPSRC Programme grant (Dynamic Adaptive Automated Software Engineering – DAASE) with four other Universities (Birmingham, QMUL, Stirling and UCL) and is fixed term until the end of November 2018. You can view the supporting documentation by clicking on About the Job and About the University located near the top of your screen.

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