PASQAL is Supporting the Creation of a Research Chair in Quantum Computing at the Université de Sherbrooke in Canada

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October 31, 2023

Sherbrooke, October 31, 2023. PASQAL, a global leader company in neutral atom quantum computing, is proud to announce its support to the Faculty of Engineering, Université de Sherbrooke (UdeS), a leader in education and applied research in Canada, to open a Professor Position in Applied Quantum Computing. The creation of this Chair is part of PASQAL’s strategy to delivering real-world applications to the industry and quantum advantage in the short term.

PASQAL is setting up a facility to manufacture quantum processors at Espace Quantique 1 of DistriQ – Quantum Innovation Zone in Sherbrooke, Canada. In this new flagship installation, PASQAL-Canada will produce hardware for the North American market to accelerate the adoption of neutral atom quantum computing in the region. Within this framework, PASQAL is contributing with $500,000 CAD to a full-time non-tenure-track position at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the Faculty of Engineering. This contribution is to be used as a match with Canadian federal and/or provincial granting agencies, such as Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Alliance program; and Regroupements sectoriels de recherche industrielle au Québec.

The selected Chair holder will lead the development of neutral atom quantum software solutions for industry, by finding the most direct paths to deliver business value and quantum advantage.

About UdeS the Faculty of Engineering

The UdeS Faculty of Engineering is a leader in education and applied research. Recognized for its dynamism in collaborative research, it stands out particularly in terms of technology transfer and concrete impacts on society. It is also a faculty on a human scale, which favours rigorous and complete training of its students, particularly through the alternating study and internship program. In a friendly and highly collaborative environment, discovery and innovation are strongly encouraged. To foster its long-term growth, the Faculty of Engineering is particularly focused on interdisciplinary initiatives and emerging fields. The Faculty of Engineering has several research centers as well as the Interdisciplinary Institute for Technological Innovation (3IT), apart of the Integrated Innovation Chain along with the Institut quantique (IQ)and the Centre de collaboration MiQro Innovation (C2MI).


PASQAL is a major player in the global race for quantum computing. The company is the leading manufacturer of neutral atom quantum computers and offers complete solutions for end-users. PASQAL's products and services include quantum computers, cloud access and software solutions for the energy, mobility, healthcare, high-tech, aerospace and financial sectors. By leveraging the dual analog/digital nature of its quantum computers, PASQAL is propelling neutral-atom quantum technology with the aim of delivering a practical quantum advantage on early use cases within the next five years. Find out more about PASQAL.

About the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

The faculty members of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department are active in the fields of classical and quantum embedded systems engineering, autonomous vehicles, robotics, embedded artificial intelligence, neuromorphic systems, instrumentation and digital communications. The Department has seven research chairs and offers master's and doctoral programs that allow students to work in infrastructures that bring together numerous cutting-edge research laboratories under the direction of internationally recognized researchers. The Department's facilities include clean rooms for microfabrication, development and characterization laboratories for integrated circuit packaging, smart antennas and software-defined radio, medical devices, instruments for particle physics, power electronics and electric vehicles, embedded systems and robotics, as well as a platform for the design, development and fabrication of printed electronic circuits, a 1MW solar infrastructure, and a space and immersive audio room. Of the University's six institutes, the Department's faculty members are notably involved at 3IT, IQ and the Research Center on Aging (CDRV).