Research Engineers, Natural Language Processing (NLP) / Machine Learning (ML)

Oxford /
Science & Technology – Quantum NLP & Quantum AI /
Full-time
NLP/ML Research Engineers

Quantinuum is seeking to hire three full-time NLP/ML research engineers to work with the Oxford-based QNLP team. Quantum NLP is a new field of research aimed at the design and implementation of NLP models that run on quantum hardware. The Research Engineers will be working primarily with Dr. Dimitrios Kartsaklis.

The Quantum Natural Language Processing (QNLP) team at Quantinuum follows a two-stage process, involving (1) research, design, and development of models on classical hardware; and (2) transportation of the models to quantum hardware. The current positions are 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 roles, some form of collaboration between the successful candidate and the quantum-computing specialists of the group will be required.

Candidates are expected to have good NLP/ML experience and very strong programming skills in Python. A substantial part of the work for this role will involve contributions to the code base of the team, which is currently under development. Knowledge of 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. 

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

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


What is in it for you?
Working alongside a highly talented team, with leading names in the quantum computing industry. We offer a highly competitive package, 28 days of paid holiday (in addition to public holidays), a workplace pension and a positive approach to flexible working.

About Us:
Science Led and Enterprise Driven. 
Our team of scientists is leading the way in the development of quantum computing. The world’s largest integrated quantum computing company, we united Cambridge Quantum’s advanced software development with Honeywell Quantum Solutions’ high-fidelity hardware to accelerate quantum computing. With full-stack technology, we’re scaling quantum computing and developing applications to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. We could be even better with you!

At Quantinuum, we believe quantum information systems will revolutionize the way we work and live. We are leading the way by helping our customers develop quantum-enabled solutions that provide a competitive-edge in their markets. 

Please note that employment with us is subject to successfully passing our pre-employment screening checks. We are an inclusive equal opportunity employer. You will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status.