Jérôme F. Gonthier

Jérôme F. Gonthier, Ph.D.

Quantum Application Scientist

Jérôme Gonthier received his Ph.D. in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry from EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) in Switzerland. He then moved to the US where he performed a first post-doc with Prof. David Sherrill at Georgia Tech (Atlanta, GA) and a second post-doc with Prof. Martin Head-Gordon at U.C. Berkeley. His research has focused on the accurate quantification and understanding of intermolecular interactions through both perturbative and variational energy decomposition analysis methods. As a quantum application scientist at Zapata Computing, he mainly works on chemistry-related applications and algorithms on quantum computers.

GitHub

https://github.com/jgonthier

Question & Answer

Why have you chosen a career in quantum?

Although I first pursued a career in chemistry, I was always interested in computer science as well. Quantum Computing is a way to combine my interest in writing software with my interest in quantum mechanics. This is also a very exciting field, with a lot of activity and a lot of potential applications!

What is a quantum problem you dream of solving?

I dream of having a general method to solve the electronic structure of large strongly correlated systems, for example metalloprotein active sites.

What are a few of your favorite things?

I love cheese and visiting new places, especially with my wife.

What are people often surprised to know about you?

That I am a certified instructor in Vo-vietnam, a vietnamese martial art.

What’s your superpower?

Invisibility. I’m very good at moving silently and have accidentally scared people on occasion, by just being there without them noticing.