Successful applicants help to further technology development and fundamental physical understanding of bidirectional microwave/optical transduction for quantum state transfer. Topics of potential experimental interest include, though are not limited to: understanding the fundamental physics of radio frequency and optical loss sources in electro-optic materials due to intrinsic band structure, surface properties and extrinsic defects; developing next-generation microwave/optical transducers based on opto-mechanical systems; developing prototype electro-optic microwave/optical transducers based on three-wave mixing in novel material systems such as SiC.
This experimental progress is coupled with theoretical applicants working to understand how to extend quantum information processing algorithms, circuit compilation and error correction to systems comprised of this heterogenous connectivity. Topics of potential experimental interest include, though are not limited to: research into efficient compilation methods for distributed quantum computers, including circuit partitioning, mapping, and error mitigation during computation; and developing methods for error correction on a distributed quantum computer with noisy links, and adapting existing methods, such as the surface code beyond the confines of a chip.
The CQE’s IBM postdoctoral trainees may be located at the following CQE member institutions: University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, or Northwestern University.
The CQE’s IBM postdoctoral trainees have access a wide breadth of tools and capabilities that make investigation of cutting-edge quantum science and technology possible. Postdocs work at member institutions that support their individual areas of research and receive dual mentorship at both the institution where they are placed and another member institution or IBM.
Each trainee is provided with salary and benefits, in addition to discretionary research funding annually. These positions are made possible through a partnership between the CQE and the IBM Quantum Network.