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.
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.