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Receptionist/Office Assistant

Department: Institute for Quantum Computing Effective Date: April, 2014


35 hr/wk

Reports to: Assistant Director, Admnistration

General Accountability

Accountable to the Assistant Director, Administration, Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) for reception, mail, maintenance of supplies and general clerical duties.

Nature and Scope

Strategic Context

The mission of the Institute for Quantum Computing is to advance fundamental experimental and theoretical knowledge in relevant areas of Engineering, Mathematics and Science to enhance developments in the field of Quantum Computation and Information Processing. To achieve this mission, the Institute brings together the best researchers and students from around the world in Computing, Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

Internal and External Relationships


The Receptionist has regular contact with faculty, staff and students within the Mathematics, Science and Engineering faculties.  In addition, there is frequent contact with staff in the Vice President’s Office, Dean’s Offices, and staff, faculty and students from various departments across campus, as well as Graphic Services, Central Stores, Plant Operations, Parking, Key Control, and Telephone Services.

The Receptionist is the first point of contact for all external IQC inquiries.  IQC is also involved with researchers in the Perimeter Institute (PI) and the IQC Receptionist has frequent interaction with PI staff.  Long and short term visitors arrive daily. 

Other positions which report directly to the same supervisor:


Positions that report directly to the incumbent: None.

Statistical Data

Currently, there are 18 full time faculty from three UW faculties (Mathematics, Engineering and Science) and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics who work collaboratively with the Director to advance the goals of the Institute.  Plans are to increase the number of faculty to 30 full time positions within the next five years. As well, the Institute currently has 97 graduate students and 46 postdoctoral fellows registered in other faculties but studying within the Institute with an intention to increase to 125 and 50 respectively. 

IQC faculty are engaged in extensive research, with over 100 active grants and contracts.  Research funds awarded during the past fiscal year amounted to over $28 Million. In addition to this, IQC was recently awarded $50 Million by Industry Canada.


Within 5 years IQC will double its total researchers to a total of more      than 200 people.

Specific Accountabilities

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