Alibaba Quantum Laboratory (AQL)’s mission is to realize the revolutionary potentials of quantum computing. Currently, we focus on developing fundamental technologies for building superconducting quantum computers. Guided by the three principles of Differentiation, Focus, and Long View, our unique program stresses high-fidelity quantum operations and embraces an alternative qubit design, fluxonium. We have made significant progress: our ideas on simulating quantum circuits (Nature Computational Science 1, 578) are now widely adopted, and our record-breaking 2-qubit gate fidelity on fluxonium (Phys. Rev. Lett. 129, 010502) propels this qubit to the status of a competitive challenger to the mainstream design of transmon. Having reached this latter milestone, our team enters into a new phase, marching toward the next key milestone of fault-tolerance through ultra-high-fidelity fluxonium.
Training and development
Quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize computation and scientific research. In turn, it offers tremendous career opportunities to aspiring researchers and engineers. The making of quantum computers is highly multidisciplinary, which means that you may have exactly the right background and the potential to make foundational and pioneering contributions, even if you have not had any experience on the field. Talent has been central to our success and will remain so for our future. In our experience, attracting talent is not enough—we are also committed to the cultivation of talent, through internship, postdoctoral training, and on-the-job mentorship. All AQL members participate in AQL’s core R&D projects, while receiving rigorous training and strong support for career development. Our postdoctoral program will benefit not just junior researchers in quantum computing, but also those transitioning from an adjacent field.
What we are looking for
More specifically, our intern, postdoctoral, and regular full-time employee positions are open to candidates from all the desired disciplines. Many of our team members came from outside quantum computing. What we value most is not prior experience in quantum computing, but your record in your current field, your potential, and your passion for quantum computing.
Hangzhou, China; Bellevue, WA, USA
Main areas of research
Superconducting quantum processors and fault-tolerant quantum computing systems
Positions recently recruited for
Quantum scientist for hardware, device theory, quantum error correction, computer architecture; quantum engineer for materials/nanofabrication, cryogenics, electronics, software
Desired degree & disciplines
Experimental or theoretical condensed matter physics, atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physics, computational electromagnetics, electrical engineering, material science, nanofabrication, cryogenic engineering, computer engineering, computer architecture, programing languages, compilers, theoretical computer science, and mathematics
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