The NSA Research Directorate's Laboratory for Physical Sciences (LPS) is seeking experienced physicists and quantum information scientists to help shape the future of quantum computing investments in the United States.
LPS is a premier research organization, managed and operated by the U.S. Government, focused on developing new and innovative technologies to improve national security. Across its three locations, the University of Maryland-College Park, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland, LPS conducts and supports world-class research from foundational quantum device physics to novel architectures for high-performance computing. To learn more about LPS, visit: https://www.lps-umd.com
With a strong cadre of physicists and state-of-the-art research facilities, LPS has been at the forefront of basic and applied research in quantum information science, with an emphasis on computing for nearly a quarter century. Our mission also benefits from a strong collaborative relationship with the faculty, students, and staff of the University of Maryland. Leveraging this pool of talent and experience, LPS sponsors premier research groups, across the U.S. and around the world, to advance the state of the art in qubit and supporting technologies.
As a Research Physicist, and member of the LPS Quantum Computing Program Management team, you will push the frontiers of science by leveraging your expertise, ideas, and vision to:
- Identify research challenges to enhance national security - Bring together and interact closely with world-leading scientists in quantum computing across governments, industry, and academia to understand the latest state-of-the-art research and to help identify future research gaps and needs - Develop these ideas into actionable research strategies and programs - Implement strategies by directing U.S. Government investments - Collaborate with leading scientists in quantum computing across the U.S. Government, industry, and academia to contribute to a comprehensive "whole-of-nation" approach to quantum information science - Partner with LPS research staff to publish results - Attend conferences, workshops and government meetings to identify future areas of investment - Advance US leadership in quantum information science for the benefit of the people of the United States
- Ph.D. in physics, or a related field is preferred - A minimum of 5 years of research experience in quantum computing, or a closely related field is preferred - Ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment - Strong written and oral communications skills - Desire to guide and influence a broad research community - Dedication to the U.S. and an interest in improving national security - U.S. Citizenship and ability to obtain a security clearance
The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information.
NSA is home to one of the largest and most established in-house research organizations within the U.S. Intelligence Community, employing scientists with world-class skills in fields such as mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, and cybersecurity. As a world leader in science and technology, NSA's Research Directorate engages with leading industries, universities, and national laboratories to advance core competencies, leverage work in overlapping disciplines, and solve some of the most difficult national security problems thought to be intractable by adversaries and commercial industry. Our scientific breakthroughs and advances in cutting-edge technology continue to give our nation the advantage it needs to find creative solutions to its most vexing problems.