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Quantum Research Scientist, Device Test

Job ID: 1898620 | Amazon Dev Center U.S., Inc.


Job summary
The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Center for Quantum Computing in Pasadena, CA, is looking to hire a Quantum Research Scientist in the Test and Measurement group. You will join a multi-disciplinary team of theoretical and experimental physicists, materials scientists, and hardware and software engineers working at the forefront of quantum computing. You should have a deep and broad knowledge of experimental measurement techniques.

Candidates with a track record of original scientific contributions will be preferred. We are looking for candidates with strong engineering principles, resourcefulness and a bias for action, superior problem solving, and excellent communication skills. Working effectively within a team environment is essential. As a research scientist you will be expected to work on new ideas and stay abreast of the field of experimental quantum computation.

Inclusive Team Culture
Here at AWS, we embrace our differences. We are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. We have ten employee-led affinity groups, reaching 40,000 employees in over 190 chapters globally. We have innovative benefit offerings, and host annual and ongoing learning experiences, including our Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and AmazeCon (gender diversity) conferences.

Work/Life Balance
Our team puts a high value on work-life balance. It isn’t about how many hours you spend at home or at work; it’s about the flow you establish that brings energy to both parts of your life. We believe striking the right balance between your personal and professional life is critical to life-long happiness and fulfillment. We offer flexibility in working hours and encourage you to find your own balance between your work and personal lives.

Mentorship & Career Growth
Our team is dedicated to supporting new members. We have a broad mix of experience levels and tenures, and we’re building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. Our senior members enjoy one-on-one mentoring and thorough, but kind, code reviews. We care about your career growth and strive to assign projects based on what will help each team member develop into a better-rounded engineer and enable them to take on more complex tasks in the future.

Key job responsibilities
In this role, you will drive improvements in qubit performance by characterizing the impact of environmental and material noise on qubit dynamics. This will require designing experiments to assess the role of specific noise sources, ensuring the collection of statistically significant data, analyzing the results, and preparing clear summaries for the team. Finally, you will work with hardware engineers, material scientists, and circuit designers to implement changes which mitigate the impact of the most significant noise sources.


* PhD in physics, applied physics, or electrical engineering
* Broad experience in experimental measurement techniques with ability to learn new topics as needed
* Excellent skills in problem solving, organization, and communication
* Thrives in a collaborative environment with a diverse group while contributing to an inclusive culture
* Proficient in a scientific programming environment (one or more of Julia, Python, Mathematica, MATLAB)
* 5+ year’s experience in characterizing superconducting microwave/RF circuits


* Experience with design, layout, fabrication, and packaging of nanoscale superconducting devices
* Expert knowledge of noise processes impacting superconducting device performance.
* Proficiency with cryogenic hardware assembly, operation, and troubleshooting
* Ability to build high-performance test setups and automated data analysis pipelines
* Experience with qubit design and calibration
* Strong command of the basic theory for analyzing superconducting circuits (circuit Lagrangians and Hamiltonians, canonical quantization, etc.)
* Familiarity with a variety of quantum computing architectures and algorithms

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