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MasterCard Lead R&D Researcher - Quantum Computing in Dublin, Ireland

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Job Title

Lead R&D Researcher - Quantum Computing


Mastercard Foundry R&D is Mastercard's global research and development group, and is head-quartered in our Tech Hub in Dublin.

Part of our research strategy is focused on Quantum Computing, with a view to bringing commercially viable, quantum-powered use cases to market within the next number of years.

We are looking for a passionate and experienced researcher with a background in Quantum Computing (QC) and Quantum Technology (QT) to lead this initiative.

This role will report to the head of research, and will focus on developing quantum-powered software applications and solutions. In this role, the successful candidate will have an opportunity to shape Mastercard's QC and QT strategy.


This role will be hands-on and will blend technology and strategy. The successful candidate will:

  • Lead Mastercard R&D's QC/QT strategy

  • Work with internal business units to identify and prioritise suitable QC/QT use cases

  • Develop and execute short-term and long-term QC/QT research plans

  • Opportunity to lead a research team in QC

  • Engage with QC/QT vendors and partners

  • Generate patent applications to protect the intellectual property of innovative products and technologies

  • Participate in Mastercard's QC collaboration projects with external partners

  • Develop QC/QT proofs-of-concept, leading ultimately to commercially viable products and services

  • Effectively communicate results and achievements both internally and externally

About You

Skills / Abilities

  • Strong theoretical and practical working knowledge of Quantum Computing and Quantum Technology topics

  • A proven track-record in commercial R&D achievement and delivery

  • Background in mathematical combinatorial optimization problems

  • Familiarity with QC APIs such as IBM Qiskit and D-Wave Ocean

  • Fluency in python, with experience with numerical toolkits such as NumPy and PyTorch

  • Familiarity with a broad range of Quantum Technology topics, such as quantum communication and quantum key distribution a bonus


  • PhD in a relevant discipline (computer science, mathematics, physics) a strong plus

Due to COVID-19, most of our employees are working from home. We’ve implemented a virtual hiring process and continue to interview candidates by phone or video and are onboarding new hires remotely. We value the safety of each member of our community because we know we’re all in this together.

Mastercard is an inclusive Equal Employment Opportunity employer that considers applicants without regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disabled or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.​

If you require accommodations or assistance to complete the online application process, please contact and identify the type of accommodation or assistance you are requesting. Do not include any medical or health information in this email. The Reasonable Accommodations team will respond to your email promptly.

Corporate Security Responsibility

Every person working for, or on behalf of, Mastercard is responsible for information security. All activities involving access to Mastercard assets, information, and networks comes with an inherent risk to the organization and therefore, it is expected that the successful candidate for this position must:

• Abide by Mastercard’s security policies and practices;

• Ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the information being accessed;

• Report any suspected information security violation or breach, and

• Complete all periodic mandatory security trainings in accordance with Mastercard’s guidelines.

Requisition ID: R-143322