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Location: Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Job ID: 46010
Date Posted: Nov 13, 2020
Segment: Others (Including Headquarters and R&D )
Business Unit: Hitachi Regional Headquarters
Company Name: Hitachi Europe Ltd.
Profession (Job Category): R&D
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full-time
Remote: No

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Research Scientist 


Role Overview

Within Hitachi’s global research and development group we offer an exciting new opportunity for a permanently employed researcher to conduct research on quantum information processing within our team at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory. The suitable candidate will have a PhD in physics or computer science with a strong background in quantum computing, bringing in know-how on quantum algorithms. Daily research will focus on the design of quantum algorithms with an eye towards applications and services deployed on near-term devices. The suitable researcher may further be involved in (co-)supervision of PhD students as well as maintaining and expanding our collaboration networks with academic partners and other companies to help realizing the company’s goal of developing a full-stack, scalable quantum computer. Pursuing grant applications is possible and encouraged. The place of work is the Hitachi Cambridge laboratory within the Cavendish laboratory at the University of Cambridge.

Company and Business Group Overview

At Hitachi we strive to contribute to society through the development of world-leading technology and innovative products. For that we follow Hitachi’s founding concepts of harmony, trust, honesty, integrity and a pioneering spirit, which have guided Hitachi’s growth into a flourishing, technology-driven and innovative company over the past century.

The Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory is part of Hitachi’s European Research and Development Centre and as such part of Hitachi’s global research and development group. The lab was founded in 1989 and is embedded within the Cavendish Laboratory, at the University of Cambridge. The lab’s mission is to conduct world class fundamental research together with our academic partners at the University of Cambridge, with an eye towards promoting innovative technology which serve society through co-creating with customers and colleagues from Hitachi’s research and development group.

Main Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Conduct research on silicon-based quantum computing within the HCL quantum information processing team into quantum algorithms
  • Prepare and submit patents on the technical solutions to provide competitive advantage and protect Hitachi’s IP; and after obtaining appropriate protection, publishing results.
  • Present the results of the research activities to the Hitachi R&D group as well as at conferences and produce high impact papers for journal publication.
  • (Co-)Supervision of PhD students
  • Contribute to maintain and expand our research ecosystem and collaboration network within the University of Cambridge and many other research institutions within the UK, Europe and the world. (Two projects on quantum information processing have started in Sept. 2020.)
  • Build and maintain strong connections with colleagues at the Hitachi R&D laboratory in Japan, including traveling to Japan when required to share and discuss the content and direction of research with the Hitachi R&D centres in Japan.
  • Present technologies and research results to Hitachi business units and partners companies at costumer conventions to facilitate and build business opportunities.

Skills & Experience

The following skills and experience are required:

  • A PhD in physics or computer science with a strong academic background and publications related to quantum computing, in quantum algorithms.
  • In depth knowledge of quantum mechanics and quantum technologies.
  • Postdoctoral experience and/or professional experience in industry R&D are preferred.
  • Experience in supervising students as well as proposing and managing grants is desirable.
  • Strong socio-cultural awareness and ability to collaborate and efficiently perform research in an international team with people from various continents and cultural backgrounds.

Benefits Package
Company Funded Benefits

  • Market competitive salary and discretionary bonus scheme
  • Generous holiday entitlement - with the option to buy up to an additional 8 days per year
  • A Holiday Banking scheme allowing you to bank untaken holiday to use another year
  • Group Personal Pension
  • Private Medical Insurance with self-funded option to cover family members
  • Personal Accident Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Programme available to all employees

Voluntary Benefits (funded by employee) including;

  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Gym Membership
  • Dental Insurance with option to include dependent children
  • Health screening
  • Dining card






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