Richard Kienhoefer

About Richard

Hi, my name is Ricky, and I am passionate about tapping into quantum computing to solve real

world optimization and simulation problems. Utilizing my experiences in material simulations,

microscopy, as well as my continued involvement with online quantum communities, I am

searching for opportunities in quantum software development


  • C++
  • Linux
  • python
  • Qiskit
  • QuantumESPRESSO

Work Experience

2021 - 2022
Research Internship
Characterization at the atomic scale of nanomaterials for applications in quantum technologies Analyzed nanowires and heterostructures to determine composition and strain Utilized a Transmission Electron Microscope and related spectroscopies such as EDX and EELS to determine material characteristics Prepared presentations on analysis of samples for external research partners Thesis title: Selected Area Growth Semiconductor/superconductor hybrid Majorana Nanowire-based Networks and planar heterostructures (e.g. 2DEGs and 2DHGs)
Research Lab Assistant
University of Nevada, Reno
Simulated Cu2N crystal surface, phonon vibrations, and STM images on quantum ESPRESSO, a Density Functional Theory software kit. Designed a unique machine to electrochemically etch silver tips to be used in an STM. Modeled lab equipment with the CAD software Inventor. Conveyed advanced physics concepts to group members through presentations. Thesis title: Phonon Dispersion of Cu2N (001) Surface

Education & Training

Quantum Science and Technology
University of Barcelona
The master's degree provides advanced knowledge to develop cutting-edge theoretical and experimental research in quantum simulation, quantum computing, quantum sensors, quantum communications and purely formal theoretical aspects. Various universities, research centers and companies actively participate in teaching the master's degree.
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