Quantum Algorithm Researcher

Location: Palo Alto, California US


This position is no longer open.

Job Number: 4082

External Description: Ford Motor Company is moving into a new phase of its 100+ year history, one in which software is at the heart of its future. The automobile is being re-defined as a networked computing platform upon which an ever-evolving set of on and off vehicle applications are being developed, allowing us to build exciting new mobility related consumer experiences. While many such experiences can be developed using conventional computing hardware, more complex applications, including traffic optimization, autonomous vehicle machine learning, vehicle route planning, and material sciences require that we explore emerging alternative computing platforms including quantum computing. Quantum computing has shown significant promise in helping solve many of these problems. Ford is actively pursuing quantum computing research internally and also in partnership with external organizations, as evidenced by our recent collaboration with NASA. As a part of this initiative, Ford has allocated resources required for the growth of our internal quantum computing research team.

This position is located at Ford's Greenfield Labs in Palo Alto, CA. Resume, Cover Letter, or Portfolio material are appreciated, and encouraged with applications.


  • Conduct independent and team-based research to develop quantum algorithms that are relevant to Ford's business needs
  • Use the capabilities of existing and upcoming quantum computing technology for proof-of-concept demonstration of quantum or hybrid optimization algorithms relevant to automotive use cases
  • Engage various cross-functional research teams within Ford to create and maintain a repository of use cases requiring quantum or other advanced computing technology for computational advantage
  • Support Ford's quantum computing initiative disseminating up-to-date news on emerging technology and business trends to the broader team
  • Educate the broader Ford team on Quantum Computing concepts, the technology's potential, and value
Basic Qualifications
  • PhD in Physics, Mathematics or related fields
  • 3+ years of experience in an academic research and/or applied industry environment
  • 2+ years of experience in Quantum Computation such as numerical simulation of Quantum algorithms and silicon quantum devices including during PhD program
Preferred Qualifications
  • Confirmed leadership in Quantum Algorithm research, specifically in Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ) algorithms
  • Demonstrated ability to develop new Quantum algorithms and deep familiarity with current Quantum, hybrid, and Quantum-inspired algorithms
  • Experience in implementing quantum algorithms using Quantum assembly language programming
  • Evidence of intellectual depth as demonstrated by external publications and/or patents
Join our team as we create tomorrow! We believe in putting people first, working together, and facing challenges head-on, because we are Built Ford Tough. We are one team striving to make people's lives better while creating value, delivering excellence and ultimately going for thewin.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this position.

Ford Motor Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.

Job Number: 37988BR

Community / Marketing Title: Quantum Algorithm Researcher

Location_formattedLocationLong: Palo Alto, California US