Portrait of Stephen Jordan

Stephen Jordan

Senior Researcher


I work in Microsoft’s Quantum Architectures and Computation (QuARC) group, researching quantum algorithms, particularly for simulation and optimization. I am also interested in quantum complexity theory, quantum inspired classical optimization heuristics, and post-quantum cryptography. I am the author and maintainer of the quantum algorithm zoo.

Positions Held:

Senior Researcher, Microsoft QuARC: 2018-present
Physicist, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): 2011-2018
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Maryland: 2014-present
Sherman Fairchild Prize Postdoctoral Fellow, Caltech, 2008-2011
Postdoctoral Scholar, RIKEN, Wako-shi, Japan, 2008


PhD, Theoretical Physics, MIT, 2008
BS, Physics, Penn State, 2003