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Scientist in Residence, Quantum-Resistant Communications

Job ID: 31732
Location: Main Campus
Updated May 02, 2024

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.


The Quantum Communications Team in the Office of VP Research invites applications for a Scientist in Residence. This Full-time Fixed Term position is for approximately 33 months (based on length of grant funding), with the possibility of extension.

The University of Calgary (UCalgary) is creating a vibrant quantum economic and scientific hub based in Calgary, Quantum City is leveraging the leading quantum science and technology programs of Campus Alberta institutions and a burgeoning UCalgary innovation ecosystem.

Reporting to the Managing Director, Quantum City, the Resident Scientist will play a broad role in furthering Quantum City's mission by developing and delivering a scientific outreach program for corporate members to build an understanding of the potential application and risks of quantum technology, its relevance, and applicability. The incumbent will work with corporate partners to understand/articulate their quantum-resistant secure communications needs and work with researchers and Quantum City partners to develop and coordinate research and development activities related to those needs.

Summary of Key Responsibilities (job functions include but are not limited to):

  • Develop and deliver a scientific outreach program for corporate members to build an understanding of the potential of quantum, its relevance and applicability.
  • Work with corporates to understand/articulate their quantum-resistant secure communications needs.
  • Work with researchers and Quantum City partners to develop and coordinate R and D activities related to those needs.
  • Translate quantum technologies & solutions into lay terms for different non-scientific audiences (e.g. donors, policymakers, etc.).
  • Support trainees and postdocs working on industry projects.
  • Support Manager, Quantum City Business Engagement when attracting companies to Calgary.
  • The Scientist-in-Residence will be supported in pursuing their own research, application and commercialization interests and opportunities.
  • An adjunct position to teach quantum-related courses may be a potential opportunity.

Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Must hold a Ph.D. in engineering, mathematics, physics, computer science, or related area.
  • Be an excellent emerging researcher in quantum-resistant communication and cryptography.
  • Strong track record of research accomplishments, demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and presentations.
  • Expert knowledge of quantum-resistant communication and cryptography and relevant classical cybersecurity systems.
  • Exceptional communication skills in communicating technical concepts with both scientific and lay audiences.
  • Broad knowledge of key advances in the quantum science and technology field, along with a strong interest and understanding of the Canadian and international quantum commercialization landscape.
  • Must showcase a clear dedication to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly, research or creative activities.
  • Strong planning, time management, and organizational skills, as well as effective decision-making, multitasking, and problem-solving ability in a deadline-driven, high-volume environment required.
  • Experience working in a small, dynamic team with proven personal effectiveness and productivity is required.
  • The ability to work independently to tight timelines, maintain confidentiality, and deal effectively with overlapping and changing deadlines is required.
  • Ability to think critically and creatively under pressure while exercising good judgment and discretion required.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required.
  • Ability to build relationships to accomplish goals with diverse groups within and outside of the Quantum City is essential.
  • Ability to conduct research in an interdisciplinary team environment, as well as independently when required.

Application Deadline:  May 29, 2024

We would like to thank all applicants in advance for submitting their resumes. Please note, only those candidates chosen to continue on through the selection process will be contacted.

This position is part of the AUPE bargaining unit, and falls under the Technical Job Family, Phase 3.

For a listing of all management and staff opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Management and Staff Careers website

About the University of Calgary

UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 36,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-ups. Start something today at the University of Calgary. For more information, visit

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As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

Do you have most but not all the qualifications? Research show that women, racialized and visible minorities, and persons with disabilities are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At UCalgary we are committed to achieving equitable, diverse, inclusive and accessible employment practices and workplaces and encourage you to apply if you believe you are right for this role. 

We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.