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Quantum Computing Cloud Services (QCaaS) Administrator (NQCC)

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire, UK
£42,840 - £47,124 OR £53,818 - £59,199 gross per annum
Closing date
25 Feb 2024

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Job Title: Quantum Computing Cloud Services (QCaaS) Administrator (NQCC)

Salary: Band D £42,840 - £47,124 OR Band E £53,818 - £59,199 gross per annum (Depending upon experience)

Location: Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire, UK 

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: Full time or Part time (minimum 0.8FTE) (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and offer flexible working, but do require at least 4 days a week on-site)

Due to the requirement of obtaining an enhanced security clearance for this role, we are only able to accept applications from persons who have been resident in the UK for the last 5 years. We cannot sponsor visa applications for this role.


Come and do the kind of computing that got you into technology in the first place. Work with cutting-edge tech and world-leading scientists and engineers. And harness the power of some of the country's most advances supercomputers to tackle work that improves daily life in the UK and far beyond.

About the role:

We have an exciting opportunity for a Quantum Computing Cloud Services (QCaaS) Administrator to join the National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC). 

As a QCaaS Administrator, you'll oversee our quantum computing hardware and software, ensuring optimal availability and performance. Your role will encompass assisting NQCC stakeholders in configuring quantum experiments, providing critical support for cloud services integration, and troubleshooting various system and performance issues. Efficient resource management will be a cornerstone, as you'll allocate computing resources, optimize utilization, and maintain security measures in line with international regulations such as GDPR. You'll keep a keen eye on system performance, adjusting as necessary, and manage our cloud storage solutions, ensuring data integrity through backup and disaster recovery strategies. Documenting processes, generating insightful reports, and collaborating with diverse NQCC teams will be integral to your role. Additionally, you'll lead training sessions, promote best practices in Quantum Computing as a Service (QCaaS), and stay updated on the latest trends and technologies, pushing the boundaries of what our platform can achieve. Your commitment to innovation and continuous improvement will drive our QCaaS offerings to new heights.

What experience do I need? 

Prior knowledge of quantum computing is not required to apply for this role, but it would be an advantage.  We offer significant development and training opportunities.


  • Cloud Proficiency: Understand service offerings on major cloud platforms hosting compute resources like AWS, Azure, and IBM Cloud.
  • Development & Tools: Familiar with cloud development tools and programming in Python, C++ for cloud computing.
  • System & Resource Management: Expertise in system administration in cloud settings, including server resources, VMs, containers, and efficient resource management and HPC.
  • Security Protocols: Knowledge of cloud-specific security protocols, encryption, and access controls.
  • Troubleshooting & Vendor Collaboration: Resolve technical issues in cloud services and collaborate with vendors for system optimization.
  • Support & Communication: Interact effectively with stakeholders, address technical concerns, and provide technical support.
  • Analytics & Reporting: Monitor cloud system performance, analyse usage, and generate reports for management.
  • Documentation & Teamwork: Create and maintain comprehensive technical documents and collaborate within a team for successful outcomes.


To be considered for a Band E, you must have experience in several of the following:

  • Quantum & Cloud Proficiency: Understand quantum computing, QCaaS, AWS, Azure, and IBM Cloud.  Quantum development tools (Qiskit, Cirq, Forest).   Certifications: IBM Quantum Experience, AWS, and Microsoft Azure.
  • Development & Programming Skills: Programming in Python, C++, or Qiskit.  Functional programming for HPC (C/C++, Fortran).  Parallel programming (MPI, OpenMP, CUDA, OpenACC).  Scripting for HPC (Python, CSH, TCSH, Bash).
  • Certifications & Education: Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).  CompTIA Security+.  Degree in a relevant discipline.
  • High-Performance Computing (HPC) Expertise: OS: Unix, Linux (RHEL, SLES, SUSE, etc).  Filesystems (Lustre, GPFS, BeeGFS, CEPH).  Job Scheduling (SLURM, Altair PBS, UGE).  Virtualisation (OpenStack, KVM) & Containerisation (Kubernetes, Docker).
  • Project & Configuration Management:  Experience managing technology projects (with Band E focus).  Configuration Management (Ansible, Puppet), Code Control (GIT), Monitoring (Icinga, Prometheus).  Risk and Quality Management knowledge.

Who are we?
As part of the UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is leading a programme to establish a National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC). This includes a commitment of £93m over 5 years, dedicated to drive development in the field of Quantum Computing and to place the UK at the forefront of the field.

Our primary purpose is to fill a key gap in the research and innovation landscape addressing the challenge of scaling quantum computing.

Our Benefits: 

Our Benefits include a flexible working scheme (subject to business requirements), Defined benefit pension scheme and 30 days annual leave allowance plus 10.5 bank holiday/privilege days and several other benefits. 

Join us and discover what’s possible!


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and engineering. STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

At STFC, our engineers provide the technology that allows our world-leading science to make a real difference in areas that really matter: from cancer treatment to airport security, high-tech jobs to hydrogen powered cars, energy generation to accident scene emergency care, our impact is felt in many aspects of daily life. We provide and exploit space and astronomy technology, a world-leading neutron scattering facility, ultra-fast supercomputers, amazing scientific instruments and some of the most powerful lasers in the world. We work with industry and academia throughout the UK, Europe and the world.

STFC can offer you an excellent working environment. Our laboratories are based in beautiful rural locations in Cheshire, Oxfordshire and in Edinburgh, with great amenities and quality of life for you and your family. We are at the centre of burgeoning high-tech campuses buzzing with economic investment and even more promise for the future. Our people enjoy attractive benefits and plenty of opportunity for development. Whether you are beginning or furthering your career, we can offer you excellent opportunities to test out and broaden your skills and experience and to gain real technical and managerial expertise working in dynamic team and project environments.

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