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Quantum Computing Infrastructure Developer with possibility for part time research

Are you interested in quantum computing? Do you wish to play a pivotal role in advancing research in many different areas from all Danish researchers, for the benefit of society through Quantum computing?
04/07/2024 09:07
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Are you interested in quantum computing? Do you have a keen interest in developing your skills in developing algorithms and software and build the quantum computing infrastructure for researchers in Denmark with the possible add-on to do part-time research in quantum computing? Do you wish to play a pivotal role in advancing research in many different areas from all Danish researchers, for the benefit of society through Quantum computing?

We are looking for one or two skilled persons with an interest in Quantum Computing (QC) to help us reach our goal of making QC easily accessible to all researchers at the Danish universities, public administration and industry.

At DeiC you will play a pivotal role in providing comprehensive support to researchers across Denmark, enabling them to harness the power of quantum computing for their projects. Working closely with a multidisciplinary team, you work to ensure that researchers have access to state-of-the-art QC resources and receive the technical guidance and assistance necessary to maximize the impact of their work.

The job

Quantum technology is rapidly developing. You will therefore join the QC department within DeiC in a development phase, working on a diverse set of tasks – matched to your skill set and interests – related to enabling researchers to fully harness QC systems. Examples of typical tasks include: 

  • Developing software and overview that makes advanced research infrastructure like QC systems more accessible to researchers who are expects in their research field but not necessarily QC super users.
  • Collaborating with researchers and other actors to understand their computational needs and provide expert advice on leveraging QC systems effectively to reach their research goals.
  • Assisting researchers in porting, optimizing, and parallelizing their applications for QC environments, offering guidance on software development, debugging, and profiling as needed.
  • Creating and maintaining documentation, tutorials, and knowledge base articles to facilitate self-service access to QC systems and promote knowledge sharing within the research communities.
  • Collaborating with researchers on interdisciplinary projects, providing technical expertise and support to enable the seamless integration of QC systems with other research infrastructure. Especially concerning the integration with (HPC) and data repositories.
  • Taking part in national and international projects with the overall goal of enabling researchers to do more and better research using QC.
  • Coordinate and develop the QC setup in Denmark with collaboration of the stakeholders in Denmark.
  • Possibility to have part-time research in Quantum computing with respect to infrastructure and developing software stacks. Should you choose to apply for this option, you will be offered time to do research (up to 50%) in Quantum Computing at the universities associated with DeiC, and the research part of the position needs to be limited for a maximum of three years. Should you choose to apply for this option, research areas of interest must be expressed in the application (½ pg research plan) with an indication of the university or research group of interest. The 8 universities in DeiC can be found here.

The QC department has a close collaboration with the HPC and Data Management Departments within DeiC ensuring consistency in our solutions for processing research data according to best practices on HPC and quantum computers.

Our expectations of you

We expect a minimum of a master’s degree in computer science, Engineering, Computational Science, electrical engineering, computational physics, computational chemistry, applied mathematics, or a related field.

We greatly appreciate people that: 

  • Can provide technical support and consultancy services to researchers in an academic or research environment.
  • Have strong problem-solving skills and the ability to troubleshoot complex technical issues related to HPC and QC systems and applications.
  • Have good communication skills, with the ability to convey technical concepts effectively to diverse audiences and foster collaborative relationships with researchers.
  • Can collaborate with an open mind with colleagues from all over Europe and make sure that DeiCs values and goals are at the forefront of what you do.
  • Can communicate professionally in English. Being able to speak Danish is not a must, but you must be willing to learn Danish to integrate fully into DeiC.

Besides that, we are looking for people that have experience or knowledge with one or more of the following topics:

  • Proficiency in parallel programming languages (e.g., MPI, OpenMP, CUDA, HIP) and familiarity with HPC software ecosystems and libraries and long with QC software stacks and programming models.
  • Programming in C, C++, Fortran, Python, or other programming languages used in QC.
  • Experience with cloud computing platforms (Azure/AWS/Google) and containerization technologies (Docker/Kubernetes/Singularity/Apptainer) and integration with these platforms.
  • Experience with and research data management practices in computational experiments.
  • Experience with source code version control (Git/GitHub), automated testing (CI/CD), and DevOps practices.
  • System development in relation to help building research e-infrastructure systems or other systems to enable users to take advantage of QC systems.

What we offer in return:

  • An opportunity to make a meaningful impact by supporting groundbreaking research across various disciplines.
  • A collaborative and intellectually stimulating environment in rapid development, where your expertise in QC and research support is valued and where you get to be part of the daily decision making.
  • A chance to become part of a diverse team dedicated to advancing e-infrastructure services and leveraging technology for the public good.
  • An organisation that prioritizes a good work-life balance and offer flexible working hours along with the option for remote work (2 days per week)
  • Excellent opportunities for further developing your professional skills via courses, hackathons, self-study, and knowledge sharing with colleagues.

Salary and appointment terms

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The period of employment is 3 years.

The workplace will be either at the DTU office at the DTU Campus in Lyngby or at the Aarhus office at the Aarhus University Campus. I you apply to have part-time research you have the possibility to work at one of 8 universities in Denmark of own preference (research time).

If you are not currently living in Denmark, relocation to Denmark will be needed. For people outside the European Union please make sure to state in your application what country you will relocate from as different rules apply.

Application and contact

Please submit your online application no later than 4 August 2024 (23:59 Danish time). Open the “Apply now” link, fill out the form and attach your motivated application, CV and exam certificates.

If you would like to know more about the position, please contact Head of QC, Henrik Navntoft Sønderskov on +45 31964931 or email: henrik.sonderskov@deic.dk.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. Apply here.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DeiC is a unit under the Ministry of Education and Research and defined in regulation BEK655 of 23/05/2023. DeiC develops and coordinates collaboration on digital research infrastructure between universities with the aim of providing researchers with access to a digital research infrastructure enabling research and education at an international level. All employees are employed at DTU, which is the host university for DeiC. We are physically located in offices at DTU, Aarhus University, and the University of Southern Denmark and are accustomed to working together across institutions via digital platforms. We cover a spectrum of competencies from technical infrastructure and software to data management and communication and organization of events. We participate in international projects, often in collaboration with universities, utilizing these various competencies. Learn more about DeiC: www.deic.dk.

Technology for people

DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear mission to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.