Staff Scientist - AMO Theory

Remote Friendly Programming North America Full-time
IonQ is developing the world's most powerful full-stack quantum computer based on trapped-ion technology. We are pushing past the limits of classical physics and current supercomputing technology to unlock a new era of computing. Quantum computing has the potential to impact every area of human society for the better. IonQ’s computers will soon redefine industries like medicine, materials science, finance, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cryptography, and more. IonQ is at the forefront of this technological revolution. The salary range for this position is $153,003 - $200,321.We are looking for Staff Scientist - AMO Theory. As a Staff Scientist - AMO Theory, you’ll be part of a cross-functional team whose mission is to lead IonQ on its journey to build the world’s best quantum computers to solve the world’s most complex problems. As Staff Scientist - AMO Theory you will join the Simulation and Analysis team in developing and analyzing detailed models of the ion-light interactions in our QPU. In this role you will help to define the technical requirements for our system and help guide our technology choices. This role will specifically focus on details of the complex atomic level structure of the ions used in trapped ion quantum computing.Responsibilities:Develop detailed numerical and analytic multi-level atomic models of multi-ion systems driven by laser interactions.Analyze numeric and analytic results to determine engineering requirements to reach algorithmic performance goals.Prepare and disseminate reports to inform engineering decision making.Stay current with the latest research and advancements in quantum control techniques and contribute to the continuous improvement of our quantum computing platforms.Contribute to developing institutional knowledge and training resources for AMO physics.You’d be a good fit with:PhD in Quantum Physics, Engineering or a related field and 5+ years professional experience.Proficiency in scientific Python.Demonstrated experience in the modeling of complex quantum systems. Specialization in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) physics, many-body quantum systems, open quantum systems, or similar.You’d be a great fit with:2+ years experience in industry, in addition to the professional and academic experience listed above.Prior experience in experimental quantum computing or related fields.Experience with trapped ion systems.Familiarity with industry-standard software development practices and version control systems.Experience with programming in modern C++ or RustExperience working with Mathematica or other computer algebra system.Experience in a large corporate or volunteer organizationLocation:This position is located in our newest facility in Bothell, WA. We will consider hybrid or remote options for the right candidate.Our HQ is located in College Park, Maryland and we are a 15 minute metro ride from Washington DC. We are actively building out our recently opened manufacturing and production facility in the Seattle, Washington area. Depending on the position, you may be required to be located in Washington DC, Seattle, Washington or the Toronto, Canada area. However, IonQ will be expanding into additional geographies both domestically and internationally so don’t let this stop you from applying.At IonQ, we believe in fair treatment, access, opportunity and advancement for all, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers. We empower employees to thrive by fostering a culture of autonomy, productivity, and respect. We are dedicated to creating an environment  in which any individual can feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued.We are committed to equity and justice. We welcome different voices and viewpoints and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, sexual orientation, and military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.The base pay component of the offer will vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Posted figures are subject to change as new market data becomes available.  The total compensation package may include other elements dependent on the position and level. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if a candidate receives an offer of employment. Beyond base pay, total compensation includes a range of health insurance options and other benefits which can be found on our site at Some of our benefits include pet insurance, legal insurance, home internet stipend, a generous PTO plan, parental/adoption leave, 401K, dental and vision plans and paid holidays.If you are interested in being a part of this team and mission, we encourage you to apply.