Associate Research Physicist

  • Princeton University
  • Princeton, NJ
  • Mar 21, 2019

Job Description

Associate Research Physicist


Job ID: 2019-10081
Type: Full-Time
# of Openings: 1
Category: Research and Laboratory
Princeton University


The Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory, a world-leading fusion energy research center under contract with the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the Theory Department in the area of quantum computing and its application to plasma-physics research. The successful candidate will theoretically explore the possibility of efficient quantum algorithms for modeling generic plasma-physics phenomena. The development includes mapping basic mathematical operations to the quantum-computer architecture, encoding initial classical data into a quantum state, and designing measurement operations that efficiently produce the required computational output. The successful candidate will also implement quantum algorithms in codes to be run on existing classical emulators of quantum computers. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal pending satisfactory performance and available funding (for an additional two years).


  • Developing quantum algorithms
  • Implement quantum algorithms in codes


  • Ph.D. or an equivalent degree in physics, applied mathematics, or closely related disciplines
  • Strong background in computational plasma physics or quantum computing
  • General knowledge of plasma and quantum physics


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Interested candidates must apply online and include curriculum vitae and bibliography. Interested candidates must also arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to Edward Startsev ( as soon as possible for full consideration.

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