[TYPES/announce] Two postdoc positions in quantum programming languages

Peter Selinger selinger at mathstat.dal.ca
Thu Dec 15 21:07:01 EST 2016

Dear colleagues,

I invite applications for two postdoctoral position, starting early in
2017 (ideally in January or February), at Dalhousie University under
my supervision.

The successful applicants will work on a project entitled "Trusted
Quantum Software via a Formally Verified Functional Quantum
Programming Language". Specifically, the project involves the design
and semantics of a functional programming language for quantum
computing, loosely modelled on the Quipper language
(http://www.mathstat.dal.ca/~selinger/quipper/). It will also involve
developing the meta-theory of the language, and eventually the
formalization of some of this meta-theory in a proof assistant. The
research project is part of a team effort, also involving
collaborators from Tulane, Stanford, Oxford, the University of Iowa,
and the University of Pennsylvania.

Familiarity with type theory, programming language design, and/or
semantics will be a prerequisite for these postdocs. Familiarity with
quantum computing will be helpful, but is neither necessary nor
sufficient for this position - the main emphasis is on programming
languages and type systems.

The positions are initially for 1 year, and can be extended for an
additional year. The salary is CAD $50,000 per year plus benefits.

Two positions are available:

* Postdoc 1 is funded by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific
  Research. The postdoc will be held in the Department of Mathematics
  and Statistics at Dalhousie University.

* Postdoc 2 is funded by Rigetti Computing, a quantum computing
  startup based in Berkeley, California (rigetti.com).  The postdoc
  position is formally known as the "Rigetti Computing Prize
  Fellowship". The postdoc will be held in the Department of
  Mathematics and Statistics at Dalhousie University, but the
  applicant will be expected to spend three months per year on site at
  Rigetti Computing office in Berkeley to work on Rigetti projects
  related to quantum computing.

Interested applicants should contact Peter Selinger at
selinger at mathstat.dal.ca as soon as possible, and in any case before
January 10. I can provide more details about the research project to
interested applicants on request.

Thanks, -- Peter

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