NLP Research Scientist


    Website Cambridge Quantum Computing

    Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC), is dedicated to developing and deploying advanced scientific research to lead us into the quantum age. CQC’s mission is to develop the world’s best quantum-based products and to make meaningful impacts on humanity.

    Founded in 2014, CQC is backed by some of the world’s leading quantum computing partners with strong domain expertise including IBM, Honeywell and JSR Corp. CQC is a global leader in quantum software and quantum algorithms and operates at the very core of quantum computing, a fast evolving and dynamic sector. CQC’s focus is to work with global corporations in large addressable markets. Our core focus is in quantum software and enterprise applications in the area of quantum chemistry, quantum machine learning, quantum encryption and quantum natural language processing.

    CQC has a strong and unique scientific grounding in terms of its core team with over 80 scientists, of which over 50 are PhD holders. We are in the process of expanding our operations significantly across our offices in Cambridge (U.K.), Oxford, London, Washington D.C., and Tokyo.

    The Role
    CQC is seeking to hire a full-time NLP research scientist to work with the Oxford-based QNLP team. Quantum NLP is a new field of research aiming at the design and implementation of NLP models that run on quantum hardware. You will be working with both Prof Bob Coecke and Dr Dimitri Kartsaklis in this role.

    This is a two-stage process, involving (1) research, design, and development of models on *classical* hardware; and (2) transportation of the models on the quantum hardware. The current position is related to the first stage, which is the design, prototyping and implementation of “quantum-friendly” NLP models on classical hardware. While the second stage of transferring the models on quantum hardware is not in the main responsibilities of the role, some form of collaboration between the successful candidate and the quantum-computing specialists of the group will be still required.

    Due to the nature of the work, knowledge on tensor-based NLP approaches, such as the DisCoCat model [1] and tensor networks, as well as some familiarity with mathematical models of meaning, is in general desirable. Further, while this is not a software-engineering position, a substantial part of the work will involve contributions to the code base of the team, which is currently under development, so a key requirement is very strong programming skills (especially in Python).

    Key requirements
    – Strong research skills and experience in NLP and machine learning
    – Very strong programming skills, especially in Python, preferably with industry experience.

    Desirable skills
    – Good knowledge of mathematical models of meaning and tensor-based NLP approaches.
    – Published work in top-tier NLP conferences
    – Familiarity with basic principles of quantum computing
    – Familiarity with basic category theory

    References[1] Coecke, Sadrzadeh, Clark. Mathematical Foundations for a Compositional Distributional Model of Meaning.

    What is in it for you?
    We offer an amazing opportunity to join a world leading quantum computing company. You will be working alongside a highly talented team, with world leading names in the quantum computing industry. We offer a highly competitive package, which includes 28 days holiday plus bank holidays, a workplace pension and we have a positive approach to flexible working.

    About Us:
    Established in 2014, CQC is a world leading independent quantum computing software company. CQC designs solutions that benefit from quantum computing even in its earliest forms and allows the most effective access to these solutions for the widest variety of corporate and government users.

    CQC combines expertise in the product areas of quantum software, specifically a quantum compiler t|ket™, enterprise applications in the area of quantum chemistry, quantum machine learning, and quantum encryption.

    The successful applicant will join one of the most exciting companies in the world with the potential to dominate innovation across all aspects of economy and society.

    Please note that employment at CQC is subject to successfully passing our pre-employment screening checks.

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