Cryogenic Systems Engineer

Coquitlam, BC

Please include a cover letter with your resume (in one file) describing how you would be a great fit at Photonic and what attributes you could bring to our growing team.

Cryogenic Systems Engineers at Photonic apply a solid knowledge of cryogenics, engineering, and manufacturing principles to develop/integrate new solutions for our optical quantum processor. The successful candidate will participate in all stages of development, including requirements analysis, design, implementation, test, maintenance, and documentation. You will be an expert in the design and realization of cryogenic systems, comfortable working in a diverse, multi-disciplinary team of engineers, quantum physicists, software designers, and scientists.


  • Integrate new components into our existing Quantum Architecture. Work on issues of cooling, thermal control, testing, and integrating components/systems with other sub-systems.
  • Support the development of the opto-mechanical, electro-optical optical components.
  • Develop test procedures and help set up the required lab to characterize cryogenic components/systems. Analyze and measure components, subsystems, and system level performance.
  • Troubleshoot the setups and systems and do root cause failure analysis.
  • Confer with engineers or other personnel to implement operating procedures, resolve system malfunctions, or provide technical information. Recommend design modifications to eliminate machine or system malfunctions.
  • Source required components and work with relevant vendors.
  • Conduct research that tests or analyzes the feasibility, design, operation, or performance of equipment, components, or systems.
  • Evaluate designs with numerical simulations and comparison with test data.
  • Document the results and present them to cross-functional teams.
  • Oversee and develop required manufacturing processes.


  • Post-secondary education (Bachelors, Masters or PhD) in Engineering, Physics, Optics or in relevant field, or equivalent experience
  • Experience with vacuum and cryogenic systems
  • Knowledge of material properties and assembly techniques for cryogenic systems
  • Outstanding teamwork skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills

Exceptional candidates will have one or more of:

  • Experience with superconducting magnet design and manufacture
  • Experience with CAD tools like Solidworks and Flotherm
  • Experience with coding languages (e.g., MATLAB or Python)
  • Experience in taking cryogenic systems from concept and design to assembly, prototyping and release
  • Experience with vacuum or cryogenic measurement systems
  • Experience troubleshooting complex experimental systems


Photonic is designing the world’s first quantum processor in silicon. It would be awesome if you had some familiarity with quantum physics, mathematics, and programming, but we will ensure that team members will have the opportunity to learn about quantum computing as we grow.


  • Get involved with a quantum startup company set to redefine computing
  • Work closely with some of the brightest innovators in quantum technologies
  • Enjoy a fast-paced and fun environment where you can try new things while solving innovative challenges every day
  • Inclusive company culture
  • Competitive salary, benefits (including life insurance, extended health, dental, long term disability, and a flexible spending account), and potential upside

The base annual salary range for this full-time role is between $98,000 to $134,000. This range reflects the minimum and maximum target range for new hire base salary across all Canadian locations. Actual compensation may vary outside of this range and is dependent on various factors including but not limited to a candidate's qualifications including relevant education and training, competencies, experience, geographic location, and business needs. Base pay is only one part of the total compensation package. Full time roles are eligible for equity and benefits. Base pay is subject to change and may be modified in the future.

The description above is what we think an ideal candidate would look like for this role. At Photonic, we understand that everyone has a different work and life journey. If you feel your experience is close to what we've described, but you might not meet all the requirements, please still apply! We are also committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences, knowing that these very differences inspire innovation and build better teams. If there are any accommodations our team can make throughout our hiring process, please let us know.

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