ColdQuanta would like to hear from experimental physicists, preferably with an expertise in Atomic Molecular and Optical (AMO) physics. We are looking for self-motivated, energetic individuals with very strong problem solving and technical skills. Candidates having experience with Rydberg atoms, cold and ultracold atoms, and/or ion-trapping are strongly encouraged to apply.

The candidate will collaborate on R&D projects and support development of new concepts and approaches for future investigations. The physicist will work closely with a team consisting of fellow physicists, engineers, and technicians.

Role and Responsibilities:

  • Design, build, and operate experiments investigating techniques for optical transport of cold atoms
  • Build and run quantum computers based on cold atoms and laser, optical, and electronic sub-systems
  • Participate in and/or lead research and development projects for laser systems, quantum processing unit design, and quantum gate protocols
  • Create, test, and validate mathematical models of atomic physics behavior; use calculation and modeling to inform system design
  • Design, assemble, and test laser and optical systems
  • Teach and supervise junior team members


  • Problem solving
  • Communication
    • Concise and structured verbal and written communication
    • Technical documentation (e.g. diagrams and writeups)
  • Expertise to solve problems related to atomic physics, laser operation, optical system design and assembly
  • Systems engineering skills:
    • Requirements gathering
    • Propagation of high-level requirements to sub-systems using modeling
    • Design a system to achieve desired performance subject to given time and cost constraints
    • Hardware skills to design, assemble, troubleshoot:
      • Lasers
      • Optics
      • Opto-mechanics
      • Vacuum systems
      • Electronics
      • Mechanical systems
    • Software skills:
      • Python
      • Linux (e.g. CLI, networking, virtual environments)

Desired Software Skills:

  • Agile software development of prototypes
  • Fundamentals in data structures (e.g. hash tables), algorithms (e.g. search)
  • Ability to communicate software requirements for proper software engineering
  • Familiarity with Artiq control framework and/or Sinara control hardware


  • Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental & Vision)
  • Retirement Plan (401k, IRA)
  • Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D)
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick & Public Holidays)
  • Family Leave
  • Stock Option Plan
  • Student Loan Repayment Program