Research Assistant Position (50%) in Quantum Computing

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 11 Dec 2022

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway’s third largest university, with nearly 22,000 students and 2,200 employees. Through the students we educate and the research we produce, the university has a direct impact on society, both in Norway and beyond. The university has two campuses, one in central Oslo and another a short distance from the city in the municipality of Lillestrøm. OsloMet is home to some of Norway’s largest and oldest educational programmes, including degree programmes in nursing, engineering and teacher education. The university is also a hub of research and technological innovation aimed at strengthening and sustaining the Norwegian welfare state.

The Faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD) offers higher education and research and development (R&D) activities within technical subjects, arts and design. The Faculty has approximately 4.000 students and 400 staff members and is situated at Pilestredet Campus in downtown Oslo and at Kjeller Campus in Viken.

The Department of Computer Science offers three bachelor’s degree programmes, a master’s degree programme, and is part of a cross-departmental PhD program. Academic staff at the department are pursuing research in a wide range of areas including computer science, the natural sciences, and innovation and management. Both students and researchers are also involved in an increasing number of interdisciplinary initiatives across the university.

A Research Assistant 50% temporary position is offered for a period of one year with a possible extension for another year at the Department of Computer Science at the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design. 

The assistant will be affiliated to the Department of Computer Science and to the Mathematical Modelling group, as a part of the team working on the QuantERA ERA-NET project “DQUANT: A Dissipative Quantum Chaos perspective on Near-Term Quantum Computing”.

Project DQUANT represents a consortium of five national teams from Norway, Germany, Portugal, Slovenia, and Poland. It is a three-year (2022 – 2025) project which started in May, 2022.  The primary objective of the project is to develop a theory of dissipative quantum circuits, based on recent ideas on the physics of open quantum systems. The theory will provide a new approach to analysis and design of qubit-based circuits in the current era of Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum Technologies.

The key part of the project is the realization of an experimental programme which assumes statistically sounding series of experiments on the existing cloud-based Quantum Computing platforms such as IBM Quantum and Amazon Braket. Namely, we plan to use gate-based quantum computers by IBM and Rigetti, as well as D-Wave’s Quantum Annealers.

The Research Assistant will be involved in the realization of the experimental programme. The assistant will help to design programs/scripts the experiments, as well as implement and execute them on cloud-accessible quantum computers.

Tasks and responsibilities
  • conduct experiments on cloud-based Quantum Computing platforms (such as Amazon Bracket and IBM Quantum)
  • participate in design of software for such experiments
  • contribute to the interaction with the DQUANT consortium members 

We are looking for applicants who have
  • either a bachelor’s degree in Physics, Computational Physics, Applied Mathematics or Computer Science; or a student in the final year of MSc studies in one of the above fields
  • a basic knowledge of Quantum Computing
  • familiarity with a cloud-based Quantum Computing platform (Amazon Bracket and/or IBM Quantum)
  • proficiency in written and spoken English

The following will be an advantage
  • experience with high-performance computing and scientific computing
  • experience with machine learning and artificial intelligence

Personal qualities required for the position
  • the candidate can work independently
  • the candidate has good collaboration and social skills
  • the candidate is solution oriented
  • the candidate has good digital skills

It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to make adaptations to the workplace where required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have had periods where you have not been in employment, education or training.

The position cannot be filled by people who have previously been employed as a research fellow or who have obtained equivalent competence.

We can offer you
  • an exciting job opportunity at Norway’s third largest and most urban university
  • to be a part of a dynamic professional environment and unique academic network
  • beneficial pension arrangements with the Norwegian State Pension Fund
  • flexible working hours and good employee welfare arrangements
  • free Norwegian language classes to employees
  • working location in downtown Oslo with multiple cultural offers

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway.

By the application deadline, you must, together with the application, upload the following documents:

  • CV, certificates and all pages of diplomas
  • possibly documentation of teaching experience
  • possibly documentation of relevant work experience

You must upload all of these documents for your application to be processed. The documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be authorized. You must present originals at any interview. OsloMet checks documents, so that you as a candidate will get a real evaluation and fair competition.

Other information

If you would like more information about the position, feel free to contact:

  • Leader of the OsloMet Quantum Hub, assoc. Prof. Sergiy Denysov,
  • Head of mathematical modelling group, André Brodtkorb, 

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, 1019 research assistant, salary range NOK 406 900 – 471 300 per year. A higher salary may be considered for particularly well qualified applicants.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) your name may be published on the public applicant list even if you have requested non-disclosure. You will in this case be contacted before your name is published.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to OsloMet.

OsloMet has adhered to the principles in the DORA declaration and obliged the institution to follow the recommendations in this declaration.

If you would like to apply for the position, you must do so electronically.

Deadline for applications: 11.12.2022

Ref.: 22/08262

OsloMet is a Charter & Code certified institution by the EU Commisson holding the right to use the logo HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R). OsloMet is a member of the EURAXESS network supporting a positive work environment for researchers in motion. OsloMet has signed The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) . DORA recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.  

Type of employment:
Temporary position
Contract type:
First day of employment:
Stillingen lønnes i henhold til Statens lønnsregulativ
Number of positions:
Working hours:
Reference number:
André Brodtkorb, +4767235924
Sergiy Denysov, +4767236379
Last application date:
11/12/2022 23:59

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