Deputy Director of Research
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Deputy Director of Research- National Quantum Computing Centre
Salary: Band G - £61k - £77k plus allowances (dependent on experience)
Location – Rutherford Appleton Lab, Oxford (Relocation assistance available)
As part of the UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is leading a programme to establish a National Quantum Computing Centre, which includes a commitment of £93m over 5 years, dedicated to drive development in the field of Quantum Computing and to place the UK at the forefront of the field. The Centre is a joint initiative of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
A purpose-built National Quantum Computing Centre will be built and operated by UKRI at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) campus in Oxfordshire. The Centre will be open and operational by December 2022. Until then, the NQCC’s activities are taking place in other facilities on the Harwell Campus or at partnering institutions. The NQCC will sit alongside other departments within the STFC National Laboratories and will be part of the broader National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP).
In this newly created position, the Deputy Director for Research will have primary responsibility for overseeing the research performed by, or in partnership with the Centre. This role will report to NQCC Director and both define the Centre’s technical goals and build an evolving technical roadmap both for near term prototype machines and longer term fully fault tolerant error corrected quantum computers.
The main responsibilities will include:
- Developing the strategy for the Centre’s R&D programme; in particular, the role will have responsibility to:
- Establish the centre’s technical goals within a continually updated roadmap that is informed by progress on the national and international scenes.
- Identify specific themes within the UK’s diverse hardware and software community (academic and industrial) where an internationally leading position can be achieved, or cemented, with appropriate engagement from the NQCC
- To lead, direct and deliver the technology roadmap for the Centre, working in collaboration with the Deputy Director for Innovation. Specifically, negotiate with academic or industrial partners on the details of systems/software to be co-developed or commissioned
- Working alongside the Deputy Director for Innovation to:
- Ensure that the UK’s burgeoning community of start-ups, both hardware and software focused, can synergise with the Centre rather than be out-competed by it – this may involve presenting the Centre either a ‘codeveloper’ or ‘customer’ for early demonstrator products;
- Commission and procure of hardware and services delivered to the Centre by third parties;
- Working alongside the Chief Scientist maintain close links with academic research themes recognising progress on algorithms and applications that inform the technical roadmap as the technology matures.
- Contribute to the design and realisation of the physical site at Harwell, which specific responsibility for anticipating the needs of researchers (both hardware and software orientated)
- Educated to PhD level or equivalent in a Physics, Computer Science or Engineering related discipline or similar equivalent experience.
- Offer demonstrable experience in several of the following: Qubit design and development, photonics, nanotechnology device scaling, cryo-electronics, device benchmarking and verification, control systems and software architectures for quantum computers
- Extensive experience in quantum computing and an understanding the overall field including hardware, software, algorithms and potential applications
- Proven track record of leading, coordinating and delivering significant research and innovation programmes, drawing support from, for example, universities, business, other government agencies and elsewhere
- Experience of developing and maintaining strategic relationships and partnerships and gaining the respect of stakeholders
- A pre-existing professional network with key stakeholders within quantum computing community and related fields
- Demonstrable experience in setting and realising technical strategy in an R&D environment
- An appreciation of governance and risk management principles
This is an exciting time to join the NQCC where you will have the opportunity to harness your research experience and drive forward quantum computing within the UK National Programme for Quantum Technologies.
STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme and social and sporting activities and societies.
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Applicants must include a CV and cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.