Trapped Ion Physicist

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Didcot, UK
£39748.0 - £44166.0 per annum
Closing date
19 Feb 2023

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Trapped Ion Physicist - Quantum Computing

Location: RAL, Harwell Campus - Oxfordshire
Contract: Open Ended
Number of Positions: Up to 4
Salary: £39,748 to £44,166 Gross per Annum *
Hours: Full-time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)

Visa Sponsorship: We are able to sponsor Visa applications, reimburse application fees, and encourage international candidates to apply. A relocation package may be available.

*Specialist Allowances, which are a form of additional pay independent of salary, may be applicable for this role for suitably qualified candidates.

Discover the kind of impact you can make when you work with some of the best facilities and brightest scientists in the world.

Our National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is focused on developing a Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ) machine to demonstrate the technology as well as software, algorithm, and applications development.

The NQCC is seeking up to 4 Trapped Ion Physicists to develop and build ion trap systems whilst supporting teams to create a full-stack solution pushing the technology readiness of ion traps for quantum computing.

You will work in a team contributing to the UK's ion trap ecosystem whilst designing, developing, assembling, and optimising ion trap systems. Internal projects are focused on technology development including building modular systems, high-fidelity high-speed microwave gates, and scaling. External collaborations are focused on enabling technologies and supply chain development such as miniaturisation of ion trap packaging and remote entanglement. You will visit commercial and academic partners and collaborators when required and you will have the opportunity to manage the NQCC's contributions in external projects.

Your skills will be enhanced and supported by a diverse team working towards the NQCC's goals of delivering scalable quantum computing capabilities and building a quantum ready UK economy.

To succeed in this role, you will have:

  • A PhD or equivalent relevant experience in a Physics, Computer Science, or Engineering related field;
  • Technical knowledge in quantum computing;
  • Experience in ion trapping. Previous neutral atom trapping experience is also applicable at partial credit;
  • Experience in working in a laboratory or R&D environment;
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to influence internal staff and end users;
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team, but also demonstrate autonomy within their area of responsibility.

Our Benefits
UKRI recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution - currently up to 26%), and 30 days annual leave allowance plus 10.5 bank holiday/privilege days and several other benefits.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to see more details and to apply please visit our job board at Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) - UKRI. Please include a covering letter outlining how you fit the role criteria. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by email on

The closing date for applications is Sunday 19th February 2023 with the view to interview Monday 6th or Wednesday 8th March 2023.


STFC imageAt the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), research is driven by practical applications and a curiosity to create a world-leading hub of scientific and engineering excellence. Our science and facilities enable researchers to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the universe. Success typically requires long-term strategic investment, international collaboration on a global scale and the capability to push the limits of technology and engineering. To remain internationally competitive in our areas of science and to keep our facilities at the leading edge, we have to develop bespoke technology that cannot be reliably sourced on the open market, for example in detectors and instrumentation, accelerators, specialist engineering, optics and e-infrastructure. These technologies are often also applied to address broader societal and industrial challenges and we actively promote their translation and commercialization.

Why work for us
When you join STFC, you become a key part of one of Europe’s largest research organizations. We are trusted to support, enable, and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields that you could be a part of. With access to our world-class facilities, people like you are helping us to drive ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology.

  • The Particle Physics Department (PPD) is one of the largest particle physics groups in the UK. We design, construct and operate some of the most sensitive scientific instruments in the world, collaborating with partners in academia, industry and international laboratories such as CERN. We currently work with the ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, DUNE, Hyper-K, T2K, MICE, Lux-Zeplin, DEAP-3600, CERN RD50, Electron Ion Collider and AION collaborations.
  • The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is a £93m UKRI investment over five years based at the Harwell Campus. This is a strategic element within the overall £1bn, 10-year investment into quantum technologies made by the UK since 2014.

Our benefits

  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days.
  • Flexible or hybrid working may be available dependent on role.
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%).
  • Sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym.

For more information on all of our employee benefits, visit

Who we are looking for
The UK has a world-class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the World Wide Web. Therefore it is vital for us to have the best people at all levels throughout UKRI. We want to continue to attract a mix of talented professionals, scientists and engineers.


Number of employees
STFC has 2594 staff members across the UK and UKRI has approx. 8000

Main areas of research
Our work encompasses everything from the physical, biological and social
sciences, to innovation, engineering, medicine, the environment, as well as arts and the humanities

Positions recently recruited for
Electronic engineers, data scientists, research associates CMS/DUNE, research associate on electron ion collider (EiC), ion trap physicists

Desired degree disciplines/class
A STEM degree

How to apply
Apply online at 

Closing date
All year round

Quantum physics and computing vacancies: E-mail
Particle physics vacancies: E-mail

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