Algorithms & Applications Researcher - Quantum Machine Learning

Berkeley, CA
Technology Organization – Full-Stack Quantum Engineering
Full-time
As an Algorithms & Application Researcher at Rigetti Computing, you will research and develop algorithms and applications for our quantum hardware technology. You will work collaboratively with both our internal research and engineering teams as well as external partners and the academic community.

We hope you bring a history of high-impact work, but we're flexible on the details — great research comes from mixing a variety of backgrounds and viewpoints. We’re especially passionate about candidates with experience producing great research papers AND great code. We will consider two kinds of candidates: researchers with direct experience in quantum algorithms for machine learning, and machine learning researchers with a demonstrable interest in quantum computing and algorithms.

Rigetti Computing is building the world’s most powerful computers to help solve humanity’s most pressing and important problems. These systems will perform computations that today’s fastest supercomputers are incapable of— unlocking entirely new classes of problems and offering a direct path to solutions. We are scientists, engineers, builders, and visionaries. We believe quantum computing is going to significantly affect health care, how we treat disease, how we generate energy, and how we feed humanity. Rigetti is the only company deploying full-stack solutions for hybrid classical/quantum computing. Our 19-qubit quantum computer is available online through our Forest platform, and the first commercially useful applications are already under exploration.

Technical backgrounds of particular interest are:

    • Neural networks, especially Boltzmann Machines
    • Reinforcement learning
    • Probabilistic modelling and programming
    • Quantum Monte Carlo and Quantum Walks
    • HHL, Quantum PCA, SVM, curve fitting, etc.

Key Responsibilities

    • Implementation and development of quantum algorithms for machine learning with a focus on methods that can be run on near-term devices.
    • Develop software interfaces to existing ML infrastructure.

About You

    • Technical achievements in one or more of the technical background areas
    • Experience and background in writing mathematical and scientific software
    • Excellent technical communications skills
    • Strong appetite for learning
    • Demonstrated success in teams

Nice to Have

    • Published research in the technical background areas
    • Contributions to open source software projects


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Rigetti Computing offers a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare coverage. For more information, refer to our Careers page.

ABOUT RIGETTI

Rigetti Computing is a full-stack quantum computing company based in Berkeley and Fremont, CA. We design and manufacture superconducting quantum integrated circuits. We package and deploy those chips in a low-temperature environment, and we build control systems to perform quantum logic operations on them. We build software to integrate our systems directly into existing cloud infrastructure.

Our product, Forest, is the world’s first full-stack programming and execution environment for quantum/classical computing. Forest includes Quil (quantum instruction language), our programming standard for quantum/classical computing.

We were founded by Chad Rigetti in 2013, and today employ over 100 people, about 40 of whom hold PhDs in physics, computer science, math, chemistry or engineering.

For more information, refer to our About page.