Principal Quantum Research Engineer

March 1, 2023
Application ends: March 28, 2025

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Position: Principal Quantum Research Engineer


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Opportunity Overview

The ideal candidate will have knowledge, skills, and abilities in atomic and optical physics and possess knowledge of standard laboratory practices and techniques. The Principal Quantum Research Engineer works as part of a team of theoretical and experimental physicists, computer scientists, and engineers on various quantum information processing efforts. Tasking includes laser cooling and trapping, optics and optomechanics design and alignment, custom electronics and computer control, and writing and using modeling, simulation, and optimization software. The candidate will also be expected to assist in developing new concepts, write project proposals, and develop new technologies for further research. A firm understanding of quantum mechanical model physics is necessary to contribute to quantum information sciences experimentation meaningfully.

Due to the clearance required for this position, only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply; as outlined in Executive Order 12968: Access to Classified Information, eligibility for access to classified information may only be granted to employees who are United States citizens.

Position Details

Salary Range: $90,000-$120,000 a year. This is a full-time exempt position.

This is an on-site, full-time position in Rome, NY, with work performed at AFRL and the Innovare Advancement Center at the Rome Griffiss Institute campus. Candidates must be located, or re-locate, within a commutable distance to Rome, NY.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Develop and oversee the completion of novel experiments.
  • Design, implement, and maintain optical set-ups for ion trapping and manipulation, including planning and preparation for the efficient execution of ion-trap experiments. Current testing involves a barium 138 (138Ba+) and soon will include barium 133 (133Ba+).
  • Experiment set-up involving lasers, Acousto Optic Modulators, Electro-Optic Modulators, and other devices.
  • Use of CAD programs and 3D printers associated with experimentation.
  • Design necessary laboratory components on platforms such as Zemax OpticStudio and Solidworks.
  • De-bug and support various laboratory software in Python.
  • Attend and possibly present research at relevant conferences.
  • Support experiments for publication.
  • Provide support and instruction for junior members of the lab.
  • Contribute to essential lab maintenance.
  • Maintain CW and pulsed laser systems.

Soft skills necessary for success include: Problem-solving, Leadership, Mentorship, Organization, Communication, Innovation, and Attention to Detail.

Education and Certifications:

  • Minimum Requirement: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Physics, Quantum Physics, Quantum Mechanics, or closely related technical field.
  • Strongly Preferred: Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Physics, Quantum Physics, Quantum Mechanics, or closely related technical field.
  • Preferred: 2+ years of experience in a laboratory setting.



  • Experience with laser cooling and trapping of ions preferred.
  • Experience with quantum gates, quantum algorithms, and quantum simulations
  • Experience with laser systems, including diode lasers and optical cavities
  • Experience with Python, Matlab, and Mathematica.
  • Experience performing single and two-qubit gates is highly desirable
  • Knowledge of optoelectronic devices, including photodetectors and lasers
  • Experience designing and testing micro-optical systems
  • Working knowledge of control systems and signal processing