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Senior Research Assistant/Research Assistant I/II in Quantum Bioinformatics

The University of Hong Kong

Apply now Ref.: 503045
Work type: Full-time
Department: Department of Civil Engineering (14100)
Categories: Research Support Staff
Hong Kong

Senior Research Assistant/Research Assistant I/II in Quantum Bioinformatics in the Department of Civil Engineering (Ref.: 503045) (to commence as soon as possible for one year, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance)

Applicants should possess a Bachelor’s degree or above in Computer Science, Computing, Bioinformatics, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Statistics, Mathematics,  or related disciplines with at least 3 years’ relevant experience. They should have an inquisitive mind, a willingness to learn new skills and the ability to creatively tackle complex problems. Proficiency in computer language Python is helpful but not required. Basic knowledge in quantum computation, quantum information, or quantum physics and exposure to the IBM Qiskit quantum programming stack would be an advantage. Those who plan to pursue research postgraduate studies are welcome to apply. Those with lower qualifications and/or less experience may be considered for appointment as Research Assistant I/II.

The appointee will be part of an international joint research collaboration between HKU and Imperial College London (UK), co-led by Dr. Amy Tan and Dr. Po-Heng (Henry) Lee. The appointee will spearhead the development and application of quantum computing to bioinformatics and machine learning, particularly in the areas of microbial epigenetics, proteomics and metagenomics. Areas that the appointee might be required to undertake include quantum machine learning, quantum optimization, fault-tolerant codes and their decoding algorithms, quantum circuit synthesis and optimization, quantum computational complexity, etc. He/She will assist in grant applications, conduct presentations, and prepare reports for funded projects. This post will provide an excellent opportunity to gain experience in an important and emerging interdisciplinary field of quantum bioinformatics. Enquiries about the duties of the post should be sent to Dr. Amy Tan at

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.

The University only accepts online application for the above post. Applicants should apply online and upload an up-to-date C.V. Review of applications will commence as soon as possible and continue until February 10, 2021 or until the post is filled, whichever is earlier.



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