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Principal Scientist, Quantum Algorithms and Applications

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
May 14, 2023

Job Details

The Role

In this role, you will be the hands-on driver of key use cases on the applications of quantum computing and a leader in assessing and establishing the benefits of near-future quantum computers with our external partners and collaborators. You will assess complex scientific problems in a range of settings and will identify ways to apply quantum and classical algorithms to these problems. You will help educate and train other quantitative scientists in the fundamentals of using quantum computing, while rigorously assessing the benefits of quantum versus classical computing.

Heres What Youll Do

  • The candidate will drive efforts to assess quantum algorithms for near-future quantum computers, propose how existing algorithms can be used for current applications, and will lead enterprise collaborations that target our real-world use cases for quantum processing.

  • Identify, test, simulate, and help develop quantum algorithms that promise quantum advantages in practice and at scale.

  • Interface with external partners as needed for you to execute the relevant use cases/applications

  • Work with external algorithms researchers on extending and implementing quantum algorithms with an emphasis on achieving better-than-classical performances on currently available quantum hardware

  • Travel 5-10%

  • Additional duties as may be assigned from time to time

Heres What Youll Need (Minimum Qualifications)

  • PhD in Quantum Physics, Computer Science, Math, Engineering, or related field

  • 6 years post-PhD, with at least 3 years work experience outside of a post-doc

  • Record of published work in quantum algorithms, quantum information science, particle or condensed matter theory, or computational physics

  • Proficiency with Python

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table (Preferred Qualifications)

  • Knowledge of Qiskit, Q#, Cirq, PennyLane, or similar

  • The ability to collaborate effortlessly and verbally communicate scientific results and complex concepts to domain experts and non-experts.

  • Knowledge of quantum mechanics, quantum algorithms, quantum circuits, modeling, multivariate statistics, and machine learning.

  • Understanding of key mathematical techniques used in quantum computing, including the ability to explain cases where quantum algorithms can show advantage over classical methods, and why.

  • Wide exposure to quantum algorithms and applications with an interest in applying quantum algorithms to solve real-world problems, with demonstrated experience developing and optimizing algorithms to increase performance e.g., time-to-solution, fidelity, accuracy

  • Subject matter expertise in an application area, such as: chemistry, pharma/healthcare, or operations research

  • Experience with traditional cloud computing environments, use of quantum computing cloud platforms (Amazon Braket, Azure Quantum)

  • Familiarity with simulation, optimization techniques, state-of-the-art machine learning tools.

  • Familiarity with the quantum hardware platforms fundamentals, applications, and providers (superconducting qubits, trapped ions, neutral atoms, photonics processors, quantum annealers).

  • Research in NISQ quantum algorithms

  • Working knowledge of software development practices

  • A desire to make an impact as part of a high-growth, transformational company that is Bold, Relentless, Curious, and Collaborative.

Moderna is pleased to provide you and your family with a comprehensive and innovative suite of benefits, including:

  • Highly competitive and inclusive medical, dental and vision coverage options
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses
  • Lifestyle Spending Account funds to help you engage in personal enrichment and self-care activities
  • Family care benefits, including subsidized back-up care options and on-demand tutoring
  • Free premium access to fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness classes
  • Exclusive preferred pricing on Peloton fitness equipment
  • Adoption and family-planning benefits
  • Dedicated care coordination support for our LGBTQ+ community
  • Generous paid time off, including:
    Vacation, sick time and holidays
    Volunteer time to participate within your community
    Discretionary year-end shutdown
    Paid sabbatical after 5 years; every 3 years thereafter
  • Generous Paid Leave offerings, including 18 weeks of 100% paid parental leave for all new parents
  • 401k match and Financial Planning tools
  • Moderna-paid Life, LTD and STD insurance coverages, as well as voluntary benefit options
  • Complimentary concierge service including home services research, travel booking, and entertainment requests
  • Free parking or subsidized commuter passes
  • Location-specific perks and extras!

About Moderna

In over 10 years since its inception, Moderna has transformed from a research-stage company advancing programs in the field of messenger RNA (mRNA), to an enterprise with a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across seven modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas including mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant that allows for rapid clinical and commercial production at scale. Moderna maintains alliances with a broad range of domestic and overseas government and commercial collaborators, which has allowed for the pursuit of both groundbreaking science and rapid scaling of manufacturing. Most recently, Moderna's capabilities have come together to allow the authorized use and approval of one of the earliest and most effective vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderna's mRNA platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, and has allowed the development of therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases and autoimmune diseases. Moderna has been named a top biopharmaceutical employer by Science for the past seven years. To learn more, visit

Moderna is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free work environment.

Moderna is a place where everyone can grow. If you meet the Basic Qualifications for the role and you would be excited to contribute to our mission every day, please apply!

Moderna is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.

Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry or citizenship, ethnicity, disability, military or protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, or any other personal characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

Belonging, Inclusion, and Diversity are critical to the success of our company and our impact on society. Were focused on attracting, retaining, developing, and advancing our employees and believe that by cultivating diverse experiences, backgrounds, and ideas, we can provide an environment where every employee is able to contribute their best.

Moderna is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to qualified job applicants with disabilities. Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should make a request to the Talent Acquisition Partner or contact the Accommodations team at (EEO/AAP Employer)




Moderna is advancing messenger RNA (mRNA) science to create a new class of transformative medicines for patients. Moderna’s platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, providing the Company the capability to pursue in parallel a robust pipeline of new development candidates. Moderna is developing therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases and cardiovascular diseases, independently and with strategic collaborators.

mRNA is now a turning point in the history of science, medicine, technology, even humankind itself. With this breakthrough discovery, many of the world’s biggest and most challenging medical problems are no longer a question of “how?” but merely a question of “when?”

Come with us as we pursue the uncharted reaches of possibility and make your mark on the future of medicine.


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