Research Professional Specialist

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, April 28, 2023


PSD Computer Science: Administration and Staff

About the Department

The Department of Computer Science is in the John Crerar Library. Our current faculty has considerable strength in AI, Data Science, HCI, Machine Learning, Theory and Systems. We’re at a hub of activity for the theory of computer science and quantum computing.

Job Summary

The Research Professional Specialist will work as a staff member of the Fefferman group on activities related to scientific research projects. This work investigates the complex theoretic power of quantum computers. This position will particularly focus on the development of classical verification methods for near-term quantum computations, as well as the power of complexity classes that represent the limits of efficient quantum computations, such as Quantum Interactive Proofs and Quantum Merlin Arthur protocols.


  • Delineates with Fefferman group members new directions of research of the group.

  • Performs research and write papers in collaboration with Fefferman group members.

  • Participates in the preparation and writing of grant applications and reports with Fefferman and other group members, as well as those reports involving multiple groups.

  • Presents work at scientific meetings.

  • Facilitates collaborations among the groups and performs research and writes papers as part of collaborative research projects.

  • Participates in the preparation and writing of grant applications and reports, and co-authors/authors scientific research manuscripts. Provides peer review of grant applications and scientific manuscripts.

  • Collaborates on development of new research projects with academic and community-based organizations.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a PhD in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through < 2 years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Ph.D. in Computer Science.


  • Strong background in quantum information theory and quantum complexity theory.

  • Strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Quantum information theory, quantum computing.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover Letter (preferred)

  • References (2)(required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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