Job reference: SAE-024446
Salary: £45,585 to £56,021 per annum depending on relevant experience
Faculty/Organisational Unit: Science and Engineering
Location: Oxford Road
Employment type: Permanent
Division/Team: Department of Physics & Astronomy
Hours Per Week: Full time
Closing date: 11/03/2024
Contract Duration: Permanent
School/Directorate: School of Natural Sciences

Job Description

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is seeking to appoint a new permanent lectureship (assistant professor equivalent) in Quantum Machine Learning, at the intersection of physics, quantum information, quantum technology, and machine learning (ML).

We seek a candidate who has evidence of research output in one or more areas of quantum machine learning, including:

  • Applying quantum computing to ML to achieve quantum advantages over classical approaches,
  • Using classical ML to tackle problems in quantum science,
  • Developing quantum computing approaches to deal with ML problems involving quantum data

The successful applicant will initiate a research programme and develop collaboration across world-leading research in the Department spanning cosmology to high-energy physics, nanoscience, photonics, and quantum theory.

This post involves developing a research programme that includes interdisciplinary collaborations, supervision of research students and staff, and delivery of undergraduate teaching.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester is a large, highly ranked department for world-class research and teaching (#2 in the UK in REF2021, with 13 Nobel Prize winners linked to the department). We pride ourselves on our commitment to promoting Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Access through contributing to the University’s social responsibility agenda, demonstrating a commitment to its policies, activities and delivery of initiatives including our significant early-career fellowship support and the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The Department has held JUNO Champion status since 2016 for its commitment to achieving gender equality which positively promotes inclusivity for all.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

We support applications from those returning from a career break and are happy to discuss flexible working arrangements.

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What can you expect in return

The University will actively foster a culture of inclusion and diversity and will seek to achieve true equality of opportunity for all members of its community.

What you will get in return:

  • Fantastic market leading Pension scheme
  • Excellent employee health and wellbeing services including an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Exceptional starting annual leave entitlement, plus bank holidays
  • Additional paid closure over the Christmas period
  • Local and national discounts at a range of major retailers

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Hybrid working arrangements may be considered.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Any recruitment enquiries from recruitment agencies should be directed to

Any CV’s submitted by a recruitment agency will be considered a gift.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Patrick Parkinson

Or the Head of Department:

Stefan Söldner-Rembold

General enquiries:


Technical support:

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.

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