Quantum Engineer – Materials Development

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.

As a Quantum Engineer – Materials Development at Photonic, you are an integral part of the silicon qubit development team responsible for improving the performance and reliability of defect-based qubit architectures by reducing the electromagnetic noise in the qubits’ local environment. You will work at the interface between semiconductor design and quantum science and interact with high-performing teams of fabrication engineers and quantum scientists. Together, you will characterize and identify key material challenges according to their quantum specifications, and design and implement scalable solutions for our silicon-based quantum computer architecture. You will have a research and development role and will work closely with academic partners. You enjoy the thrill of learning new technology and new science, while bringing your significant materials science expertise, open mind, and creativity to tackle multi-disciplinary challenges as we build the world’s first truly scalable quantum computing system.


  • Prototype procedures for characterizing the quality of the silicon environment and its impact on the optical, spin and charge properties of defect-based qubits in silicon
  • Work closely with the Photonic nanofabrication team to design, test, and deploy new materials/condensed matter processing techniques to improve qubit performance
  • Develop novel manipulation techniques for in-situ improvements of the silicon and defect-based qubits.
  • Standardize prototype systems for large scale/fast feedback integration
  • Explore how the material improvements can optimize key performance factors such as fidelity, connectivity, coherence, scalability, reliability, and efficiency
  • Write patents and peer-reviewed articles reporting advances where applicable
  • Identify and build collaborations with outside organizations (government labs, academic groups, partners)
  • Train, guide, and develop current and new team members


  • Master's or PhD in Materials Science, Condensed Matter or Semiconductor Physics, Applied Physics, Quantum Information or related field
  • 5 years of experience of either/both defect-based quantum computing (diamond, etc.) and/or semiconductor processing (CMOS devices, etc.)
  • Experience performing optical and electrical measurements
  • Some experience working in a nanofabrication cleanroom, including growth and characterization techniques (surface and bulk properties)
  • Be able to both collaborate strongly, including with academic partners, as well as independently lead projects.
  • Proficiency in working with Python or other modern programming languages
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to new situations in a rapidly changing research environment
  • Demonstrated ability to creatively solve engineering problems
  • Outstanding teamwork skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills


  • Get in on the ground floor with a quantum startup company set to revolutionize computing
  • Work closely with some of the brightest innovators in quantum technologies
  • Enjoy a fast-paced and fun environment where you can take risks while tackling cutting-edge challenges every day
  • Inclusive and open company culture
  • Competitive salary, benefits (including life insurance, extended health, dental, long term disability, and a flexible spending account), and potential upside

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