Director of National Quantum Lab (Q-Lab)

University of Maryland Division of Information Technology   College Park, MD   Full-time     Information Services / Technology (IT)
Posted on March 15, 2024
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The Director of the National Quantum Lab (QLab) provides overall leadership in establishing the lab as a high-impact, globally-leading accelerator of practical quantum applications. QLab’s mission is to accelerate the enablement of innovation in multi-disciplinary quantum computing, networking and sensing applications, to spur the growth and awareness of quantum technologies and to have national recognition as a platform for innovation.


The QLab is the nation’s first user facility that enables the scientific community to pursue world-leading research through hands-on access to commercial-grade quantum computers, and the expertise to optimize it for a variety of use-cases, and a quantum network, the Mid-Atlantic Quantum Regional Internet (MARQI). QLab was initially launched as a joint partnership between the University of Maryland (UMD) and IonQ, Inc. (IonQ) focused on practical applications for quantum computing, then expanded to accelerating quantum interconnects and networking as a MARQI node. MARQI has a growing footprint in the Washington DC metro region and supports collaboration with many federal agencies, like NIST, NRL, ARL and others. In addition to supporting users with QLab’s technical staff, the QLab Fellows program provides them opportunities to collaborate with a translational community of both quantum researchers and quantum-engaged domain experts.


QLab serves UMD-affiliated students, faculty, researchers, staff and partners nationally. It is a foundational resource and key attractor for growing the regional quantum ecosystem through partnerships with the Quantum Startup Foundry and Mid-Atlantic Quantum Alliance. To expand the user base at UMD, QLab supports several classes, outreach efforts to undergraduate and graduate students, and a seed grant program for faculty. QLab also runs a Global User Program to support high-impact research around the world.

Minimum Qualifications:


Education: A Masters degree in a relevant field of study (such as Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science) OR a Bachelors degree with a certification in quantum technologies.



* 10-years experience in computational technologies.

* 4 or more years of direct supervisory experience.

* Demonstrated experience in the applied use of advanced cyberinfrastructure technologies in the furtherance of science and innovation.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

* Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal).



* A Ph.D. in a relevant field of study (such as Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science), ideally with a focus on quantum science or engineering.

* Possess a demonstrated record of implementing experiments or applications on quantum hardware.

* Possess a demonstrated record of supporting the scientific community in the use of computational resources preferably in higher education organizations.

* Possess a demonstrated record of public speaking.

* Ability to serve as an effective educator and/or mentor.

* Ability to thrive in a collaborative team environment.

* Ability to implement and enhance a vision to establish a novel facility.

* Ability to independently identify, research and resolve issues

* Ability to multitask and manage competing deadlines

* Possess a demonstrated record of emotional and cultural intelligence in working with diverse populations and/or in multicultural contexts.

* Ability to communicate effectively across different disciplines and leadership levels

Additional information: 

Benefits Included:

Medical, dental, and vision coverage designed to help you and your family live a healthy lifestyle.

* Flexible work opportunities

UMCP Tuition Remission for employees, and their dependents to grow and achieve greatness.

Generous paid time off package to address work/life balance and maintain well-being.

Retirement Benefits created to aid employees in reaching future retirement goals.

* And many more…

Salary range: $175,000-$205,000.

**This position does not provide sponsorship for Visas.

Physical demands: When working with IonQ there may be a need to abide by clean room requirements if visiting such a facility on their premises. Ability to move around campus and visit researchers in their offices and labs.


Best consideration date: 04/04/2024 or open until filled


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