Research Associate

UE7, £34,304 - £40,927 per annum College of Science and Engineering, School of Informatics Fixed-term, Full time Available for 18 months (or fixed term until 30/11/2024) 1 post available A post-d

UE7, £34,304 – £40,927 per annum

College of Science and Engineering, School of Informatics

Fixed-term, Full time

Available for 18 months (or fixed term until 30/11/2024)

1 post available

A post-doctoral Research Associate position is available at the quantum group lead by Professor Elham Kashefi at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh ( ). The position would be part of the collaborative program between University of Edinburgh quantum team ( ), Quantum Internet Alliance ( ) and the Quantum Information team at Sorbone Universite ( ).

The Opportunity:

The global vision of the program is the development of real-world applications for emerging quantum devices (computing and communication). In the core layer we address the key challenge of hiding, certifying, verifying, monitoring and benchmarking distributed quantum computation processing beyond the classical regime. This will provide us the crucial interface between our target Applications (in secure multiparty protocols such as voting, blockchain, and cloud computing) and Implementations (purpose-built scalable photonics hardware).

Knowledge, skills and experience


  • PhD (or near completion) in Physics, Computer Science or Mathematics.
  • Candidates must have a strong background in quantum information, quantum computation or quantum/classical cryptography).
  • Proven expertise in the techniques needed to undertake the research in question.
  • Demonstrated quality of research performance.
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly, orally and in writing.


  • Experience in the specific area of quantum verification, quantum delegated computing, quantum fault tolerance, error correcting codes, protocol design and security analysis.
  • Candidates should be also interested to work in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment and it will be an asset if the candidate is willing to travel to explore collaboration between the partners of the project.

Feedback is only provided to interviewed candidates.

For informal enquiries please contact: Prof. Elham Kashefi :

Please ensure a CV and supporting statement is provided in your application.

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As a valued member of our team you can expect:

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme , staff discounts, family friendly initiatives , flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

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The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.

As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.

Informatics is the study of how natural and artificial systems store, process and communicate information. Research in Informatics promises to take information technology to a new level, and to place information at the heart of 21st century science, technology and society. The School enjoys collaborations across many disciplines in the University, spanning all three College, and also participates as a strategic partner in the Alan Turing Institute and, with Heriot-Watt University, in the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics.

The School provides a fertile environment for a wide range of studies focused on understanding computation in both artificial and natural systems. It attracts students around the world to study in our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and currently has approximately 1000 undergraduate students, 320 MSc students and 350 PhD students. Informatics is one of seven schools in the College of Science and Engineering, at the University of Edinburgh. It is recognised for the employability of its graduates (demand exceeds supply), its contributions to entrepreneurship, and the excellence of its research. Since the first Research Assessment Exercise in 1986, Informatics at Edinburgh has consistently been assessed to have more internationally excellent and world-class research than any other submission in Computer Science and Informatics. The latest REF 2014 results have again confirmed that ours is the largest concentration of internationally excellent research in the UK. This contributes to our ranking in the top 15 CS departments world-wide according to the latest Times Higher Education ranking.

We aim to ensure that our culture and systems support flexible and family-friendly working and recognise and value diversity across all our staff and students. The School has an active programme offering support and professional development for all staff; providing mentoring, training, and networking opportunities.
The School of Informatics holds a Silver Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education and research.