Quantum Algorithm Engineer - Fermionic Simulation

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IQM is the European leader in superconducting quantum computers, founded in Espoo, Finland. Since 2019, we have grown to 270+ employees and have established subsidiaries in Germany, Spain, France and Singapore. We build quantum computers for research laboratories and supercomputing centers. For industrial customers, we deliver quantum advantage through our unique application-specific co-design approach.

We build world-leading quantum computers for the well-being of humankind now and for the future.


We are looking for an expert in Fermionic Simulation with quantum computers to join our team to support our mission of expanding the frontier of scientific and technological progress in quantum science. You will be embedded in the Algorithm and Application Team and in constant exchange with other technical R&D teams at IQM. Our Algorithm and Application Team is very active in exploring and optimising quantum algorithms, in particular for the simulation of quantum many-body problems.

If you enjoy your academic freedom but want to move closer to the real applications of quantum computers - this job is for you. In this R&D position you will be collaborating daily with other quantum algorithm engineers, while keeping close contact with our quantum hardware teams. IQM is a low-hierarchy start-up so the feedback loop is short and you will be able to enjoy the accelerated impact of your daily decisions. Ideally, you will be located in Munich or Paris, but we are open to consider other IQM locations (Finland, Spain, Singapore) for the right person!

What will I be doing?

  • You will be developing new and improving existing quantum algorithms for problems from condensed matter physics and quantum chemistry.
  • You will be implementing quantum algorithms on (potentially tailor-made co-design) IQM quantum hardware.
  • You will be publishing high impact research at the frontier of quantum science.

What skills do I need?

Required skills

  • PhD in theoretical physics, quantum chemistry, computer science, applied mathematics or similar field or equivalent company experience.
  • Deep knowledge of quantum algorithms and quantum information theory.
  • Advanced knowledge of classical algorithms for condensed matter and/or quantum chemistry, i.e. QMC, DMFT, DMET, Tensor Networks, Coupled Cluster.
  • Provable experience (in the form of scientific publications) in developing quantum algorithms for simulation, i.e. VQE, Trotterized time evolution, QITE, QPE.
  • 2+ years of experience in developing code for scientific applications.

Nice-to-have skills

  • Experience in quantum error correction and error mitigation techniques.
  • Experience in running quantum algorithms on quantum hardware.
  • Knowledge of the theory of superconducting circuits.


  • You feel comfortable in a team-oriented collaborative environment.
  • You keep your skills and knowledge fresh and are always eager to learn more.
  • You create elegant solutions amidst complexity.
  • You care deeply about building quality and keeping the internal and external quality of your code high.
  • You understand how to balance current needs with future capability and extensibility.

What I can expect from IQM

  • An excellent opportunity to collaborate on world-class R&D and cutting-edge technology
  • An opportunity to work with a passionate and diverse company on a critical mission
  • A unique opportunity to make a real impact on the future of quantum
  • Growth and progress in a creative and open start-up environment
  • Team with a relaxed and cozy atmosphere
  • Work-life balance

Meet our people and hear more about IQM by visiting our Youtube channel here >>

We'll proceed with the interviews immediately, so please submit your application soon.

Perks and benefits

This job comes with several perks and benefits

Flexible working hours
Flexible working hours

Time is precious. Make it count. Morning person or night owl, this job is for you.

Free coffee / tea
Free coffee / tea

Get your caffeine fix to get you started and keep you going.

Near public transit
Near public transit

Easy access and treehugger friendly workplace.

Free office snacks
Free office snacks

Peckish after lunch? We got your back with soft drinks, treats and fruit.

New tech gear
New tech gear

Are you a true Tech Savvy? Macbook, trackpad, you name it, we get you covered.


Strengthen your body with office yoga and handstands or leave your body in good hands by our masseuse.

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Working at
IQM Quantum Computers

IQM is a Pan-European leader in quantum computers. IQM provides on-site quantum computing for research labs and supercomputing data centers and offers full access to its hardware. For industrial customers, IQM delivers the quantum advantage through a unique application-specific co-design approach. IQM is building Finland’s first commercial 54-qubit quantum computer with VTT, and an IQM-led consortium (Q-Exa) is building a quantum computer in Germany that will be integrated into an HPC supercomputer to create an accelerator for future scientific research. IQM has offices in Espoo, Munich, Madrid and Paris, and employs over 250 people. More information: www.meetiqm.com

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