Applied Researcher – Machine Learning

  • Terra Quantum
  • Zürich, ZH, Switzerland
  • 08/02/2023
Full time Machine Learning Artificial Intelligence Software Engineering DevOps

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The Role

The Applied Researcher (ML) is part of Terra Quantum's research and development & delivery organization, which is responsible for conducting the core research in quantum computing and implementing the algorithms in a form of the software product, ensuring the company's ability to implement it, and aligning the product vision with the corporate vision. The Applied Researcher reports to the Program Manager supporting continuous research and development and improvement, including algorithms engineering, -research, -design. With a clear and customer-oriented product mindset, the Quantum ML Engineer technically guides junior members of their team in targeted and efficient algorithms engineering. Working closely with product management and -strategy, the Applied Researcher understands all the technical aspects of developing scalable, easy-to-use, secure, practical, and intuitive software. Also, the Applied Researcher will understand the market needs in terms of quantum technology and what can be built on the research output.

With an eye for detail, the Applied Researcher (ML) helps their teams strive for perfection and has a capacity for enthusiasm and shows their team that they partake in the paramount mission to make quantum technologies broadly available and accessible and change the world for the better.

The Responsibilities

The Applied Researcher (Machine Learning) should expect to work on customer projects within the Quantum Machine Learning Team.

Industrial customer projects implementation

  • Researching the existing SofA machine learning solutions to customer problems
  • Designing and programming a solution to an industrial problem (chemistry, pharmaceutical, energy, financial, automotive, space industries), demonstrating an advantage over a customer's solution with benchmarks
  • Solving tasks represented as graphs with machine learning models, in particular, with reinforcement learning algorithms
  • Applying reinforcement learning to combinatorial optimization problems
  • Writing results as applied research papers, and assisting in business papers and reports preparation

Software engineering and product preparation

  • Packaging of the developed machine learning algorithms and solutions into user-friendly libraries, e.g. using Python frameworks
  • Supporting the implementation of the APIs that are used to for the libraries access
  • Under consideration of the product strategy, contributing to the software product architecture and supporting Product team in to transition Terra Quantum's portfolio projects and R&D into scalable and reliable products

The Requirements

The Applied Researcher (Machine Learning) is expected to have the following qualifications.

  • Degree in computer science, physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, or equivalent subject
  • Well-established mathematical background
  • Advanced expert-level knowledge and experience in neural networks (convolutional, recurrent, fully-connected vanilla, GAN, autoencoders, transformers)
  • Significant knowledge and experience in reinforcement learning, ideally in solving industrial problems with reinforcement learning
  • Experience in navigating through state-of-the-art in machine learning literature
  • Expert experience working in Python (numpy, scipy, matplotlib, pandas), Pytorch and TensorFlow
  • Expert experience working with Cuda, optional experience working with TPUs
  • Experience in code execution on AWS and GCP.
  • Ability to work well with Linux, Git, Docker, Server applications, occasionally use C++
  • Goal-oriented, analytical and the ability to work independently and in the team
  • Clear and customer-oriented agile and team-oriented approach
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English

The Rewards

We are an international team of quantum technology experts and dedicated business creatives that are working to bring quantum-enabled solutions to the global market. Our brilliant team members enjoy a high degree of freedom working remotely or joining one of our office spaces. We have a vibrant, enthusiastic, passionate and creative culture driven by trust, excellence and continuous improvement. If you join the Terra Quantum team, you can expect:

  • An opportunity to work with some of the brightest minds in the pioneering field of Quantum Technologies as well as an experienced and progressive Leadership team
  • Gain knowledge of some of the most cutting-edge technology developments in science & engineering
  • A chance to be part of one of Europe's leading technology firms of the upcoming decades
  • Welcoming, friendly, and professional colleagues
  • A personal development plan with clear goals for advancement
  • A competitive salary
  • A performance related bonus
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • A diverse and supportive atmosphere, where innovation and initiative are encouraged

If you are enthusiastic about positively impacting the world and helping to drive the second quantum revolution, let's talk!

Company description

Quantum technologies have the potential to solve some of the world's biggest challenges. There have been great advances in all areas of quantum technologies, and new fields of application are opened up every day. Hybrid computer systems that combine classic high-performance computing with quantum computers are already being used to develop solutions in sectors such as logistics, healthcare, finance, energy, automotive and aerospace. Quantum mechanical predictions are also used to obtain unprecedented precision in measurements, generate unbreakable codes, and form the basis of impenetrable communication networks. All these developments are happening right now, and they are happening at Terra Quantum.

At Terra Quantum we are building the world's leading Quantum Technology company. We offer customers world-class quantum technology expertise organized as "quantum-as-a-service": hybrid quantum algorithms, quantum compute and quantum enabled security solutions. Through the proprietary quantum cloud, customers have access to a unique technology platform which provides a toolset to solve real-world challenges in the realms of machine learning, optimization and simulation, today. In 2022, the company closed its Series A financing round with a $75m fundraise.

Quantum physics has, in some respects, parallels to the machine language of our computers-the zeros and ones into which our keyboard or touchscreen instructions are translated for execution in the computer-only on a larger scale: it is the machine language of the universe. The second quantum revolution is based on the control of individual quantum systems, such as individual atoms. We use quantum computers to solve currently unsolvable problems, simulate molecules and their interactions, find drugs for diseases that are not yet curable, find new materials, or make artificial intelligence stronger. Quantum is now.

Terra Quantum is a future-focused quantum services and technology company working on making the second quantum revolution a reality. Terra Quantum's activities span all areas, markets, and industries globally.

  • Our purpose is to pioneer quantum technologies to change the world for good,
  • Our vision is to lead the quantum revolution and be the trailblazer in technology solutions, shaping a better future for humankind to thrive in, and
  • Our mission is to unleash the power of quantum tech to deliver meaningful solutions today

Terra Quantum is an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity, inclusion and employee well-being.