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Quantum Applications Team Lead

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Didcot, UK
£50702 - £56336 per annum
Posting live until
30 Nov 2022

Job Details

Quantum Applications Team Lead

Salary: £50,702 - £56,336 (Band F) gross per annum dependent on experience *

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: Full Time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)

Location: Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire, UK

Visa Sponsorship: We are able to sponsor Visa applications, reimburse application fees, and encourage international candidates to apply. A relocation package may be available.

Closing Date: Wednesday 30th November 2022


*Specialist Allowances, which are a form of additional pay independent of salary, may be applicable for this role for suitably qualified candidates- up to £5000


Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers and business support team explore the unknown and turn what they find into work that changes the world around us.

As part of the UK's National Quantum Technologies Programme, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is leading a programme to establish a National Quantum Computing Centre, a commitment of £93m over 5 years, dedicated to place the UK at the forefront of the field.

A purpose-built National Quantum Computing Centre will be built and operated by UKRI at the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire.

You will lead a team of Application Engineers who are developing quantum applications to provide solutions in response to real use cases. You will act as a technical authority and work closely with colleagues and external stakeholders to devise solutions in response to meaningful use cases. You will do this by identifying and implementing appropriate quantum algorithms.


You will build and maintain the workflows across the full lifecycle of quantum application development and deliver against a quantum application development roadmap. You will make site visits to commercial and academic partners and present work at both internal and external meetings.


To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • Educated to Degree level, or with equivalent relevant experience, in a computing related field, including physics, maths and computer science
  • Experience and demonstrable track record in one or more of the following:
    • Quantum algorithm development
    • Quantum computing applications development
    • Quantum programming tools & languages
  • Familiarity with a range of professional tools and methods related to the development of applications for quantum computing
  • Experience of software tools and methodologies for reporting on and delivering R&D projects, including MS Office as a minimum
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to lead others, while influencing internal staff and end users
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team, but also demonstrate autonomy within their area of responsibility


This is an exciting time to join the NQCC where you will have the opportunity to harness your research experience and drive forward quantum computing within the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme.

STFC offers a benefits package crafted to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days' annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, outstanding pension scheme and social and sporting activities and societies.

We ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges

in the world. Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers and business-support team

explore the unknown across every field you could think of. What could you achieve with world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe's largest research organisations by your side?


Join us and discover what's possible!



STFC imageAt the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), research is driven by practical applications and a curiosity to create a world-leading hub of scientific and engineering excellence. Our science and facilities enable researchers to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the universe. Success typically requires long-term strategic investment, international collaboration on a global scale and the capability to push the limits of technology and engineering. To remain internationally competitive in our areas of science and to keep our facilities at the leading edge, we have to develop bespoke technology that cannot be reliably sourced on the open market, for example in detectors and instrumentation, accelerators, specialist engineering, optics and e-infrastructure. These technologies are often also applied to address broader societal and industrial challenges and we actively promote their translation and commercialization.

Why work for us
When you join STFC, you become a key part of one of Europe’s largest research organizations. We are trusted to support, enable, and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields that you could be a part of. With access to our world-class facilities, people like you are helping us to drive ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology.

  • The Particle Physics Department (PPD) is one of the largest particle physics groups in the UK. We design, construct and operate some of the most sensitive scientific instruments in the world, collaborating with partners in academia, industry and international laboratories such as CERN. We currently work with the ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, DUNE, Hyper-K, T2K, MICE, Lux-Zeplin, DEAP-3600, CERN RD50, Electron Ion Collider and AION collaborations.
  • The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is a £93m UKRI investment over five years based at the Harwell Campus. This is a strategic element within the overall £1bn, 10-year investment into quantum technologies made by the UK since 2014.

Our benefits

  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days.
  • Flexible or hybrid working may be available dependent on role.
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%).
  • Sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym.

For more information on all of our employee benefits, visit

Who we are looking for
The UK has a world-class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the World Wide Web. Therefore it is vital for us to have the best people at all levels throughout UKRI. We want to continue to attract a mix of talented professionals, scientists and engineers.


Number of employees
STFC has 2594 staff members across the UK and UKRI has approx. 8000

Main areas of research
Our work encompasses everything from the physical, biological and social
sciences, to innovation, engineering, medicine, the environment, as well as arts and the humanities

Positions recently recruited for
Electronic engineers, data scientists, research associates CMS/DUNE, research associate on electron ion collider (EiC), ion trap physicists

Desired degree disciplines/class
A STEM degree

How to apply
Apply online at 

Closing date
All year round

Quantum physics and computing vacancies: E-mail
Particle physics vacancies: E-mail

Company info
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
OX11 0QX

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