Open Positions at Nu Quantum

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Application deadline: 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

We are currently hiring for five roles at Nu Quantum. These are :

- QRNG Experimental Scientist
- QRNG Theoretical Scientist
- Quantum Optics Scientist
- Quantum Detector Scientist
- Project Manager

Our roles are based in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

About us: What we do at Nu Quantum

Illuminating the quantum revolution.

At Nu Quantum we make quantum devices which can emit and detect single-photons. Our devices underpin those quantum systems which make single photons carry quantum information or interact in sophisticated ways, to arrive at a new era of communications, simulation, computing, sensing and metrology. By combining novel materials and semiconductor technology, the Nu Quantum components achieve new capabilities and groundbreaking enhanced performance.

History of Nu Quantum

Nu Quantum was founded in late 2018 to commercialise cutting-edge research spun out of the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. The company is backed by a syndicate of world-class investors led by Amadeus Capital Partners, and has been awarded several multi-million government projects. Nu Quantum is now growing a world-class multi-disciplinary team in Cambridge, where they are building their headquarters and state-of-the-art labs, and plan to launch their first quantum product in 2021.

Working at Nu Quantum

We’re a fast-paced and rapidly-growing start up, with a friendly, supportive and ambitious approach. We have a strong culture of trust and respect and can offer lots of varied opportunities and responsibilities for our teams to take ownership of and grow with. We value creativity, integrity, ambition, meaningful teamwork, and fun. We are looking for people with drive and passion. You will be collaborating with a growth minded, diverse team.

How to apply - Please visit our website at https://nu-quantum.com/jobs/ to find our application portal.

Detailed job descriptions follow below:

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QRNG Experimental Scientist
Location - Cambridge

The role

Nu Quantum is developing commercial quantum random number generation technology. You will be part of the team developing the optics behind the Nu Quantum QRNG products and contribute to the design and implementation of novel ways in which to demonstrate randomness using quantum optical setups. In addition, you will be contributing and working alongside the scientists and engineers developing the other products in the Nu Quantum portfolio.

Requirements
Qualifications, skills, and experience

- First-class degree in a numerate subject such as electrical engineering, computer science, physics, or mathematics.
- Quantum Optics ScientistPhD in experimental quantum physics. Skills:
- Experimental optics.
- Proven ability to design an experiment.
- Proven ability to collect, analyse and interpret experimental data
- Understanding of quantum mechanics / quantum systems.

- Programming skills for instrumentation and data analysis.
- Excellent problem-solving skills, proactive thinking, and a positive mindset.
- Excellent communications skills.
- Creative.

Start Date: November 2020 (flexible)

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QRNG Theoretical Scientist
Location - Cambridge

The role

Nu Quantum is developing commercial quantum random number generation technology. You will model our systems quantum-mechanically, and come up with possible new schemes for these, exploiting quantum-mechanical principles. Statistical analysis will be important.

Requirements
Qualifications, skills, and experience

- First-class degree in a numerate subject such as electrical engineering, computer science, physics, or mathematics.
- 5+ years of academic (PhD, postdoc) or industrial experience on quantum information theory, quantum cryptography, quantum
modelling, and/or statistics.

- Programming skills.
- Creativity, excellent problem-solving skills, proactive thinking, and a positive mindset.

Start Date: November 2020 (flexible)

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Quantum Optics Scientist
Location - Cambridge

The role

A different kind of light: Nu Quantum is one of the first companies world-wide developing commercial single-photon source technology. You will be part of the team developing the first generation of Nu Quantum single-photon source products. You will be involved in the design, basic fabrication, measurement and optimisation of the single-photon devices, as well as the design, implementation, and use of the confocal microscopy and quantum optics measurement suite.

Requirements
Qualifications, skills, and experience

- First-class degree in a numerate subject.
- PhD in experimental quantum optics with a focus on the design, fabrication, characterisation or employment solid-state single-photon source systems. Skills may include:

- Confocal microscopy, single-photon spectroscopy, photon-correlation measurements, interferometry, handling of continuous and pulsed lasers.
- Experience with basic cleanroom fabrication techniques: e.g. lithography, contact evaporation, general wet bench use.

- LabView and Python competence for instrumentation and data analysis.
- Good communication skills.
- A proactive, positive and creative mindset.

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Quantum Detector Scientist
Location - Cambridge

The role

Nu Quantum has created a new way of achieving single-photon detection. You will be part of the team developing the first and second generation of Nu Quantum single-photon detector products. You will be involved in the design, basic fabrication, measurement and optimisation of the single-photon detectors, as well as the design, implementation, and use of the single-photon measurement and characterisation suite.

Requirements
Qualifications, skills, and experience

The ideal candidate will have the following skills/experience/qualifications:

- First-class degree in a numerate subject such as electrical engineering, computer science, physics, or mathematics.
- PhD in experimental quantum physics involving devices. Skills:

- Experimental optics and associated experimental skills
- Experience with use of the following instruments: high-rate oscilloscope, arbitrary waveform generator, relay card, source measure units, power-meters, multimeters, pulsed lasers
- Proven ability to design an experiment
- Proven ability to collect, analyse and interpret experimental data
- Experience with design and optimisation of optically-addressed semiconductor structures and devices.
- Basic cleanroom / semiconductor fabrication skills: general wet bench use, etching, lithography, metal evaporation, bonding.

- Programming skills (python preferred) for instrumentation and data analysis
- Excellent problem-solving skills, proactive thinking, and a positive mindset.
- Excellent communications skills.
- Creative

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The role

Nu Quantum will be participating on a number of large industrial innovation projects alongside 30+ academic and industrial partners across the UK: sending quantum products to space, and a pilot test of quantum security for 5G and connected vehicles, amongst others. You will oversee the successful delivery of these projects.

You will be required to travel across the UK (primarily), and internationally - COVID permitting.

Requirements
Qualifications, skills, and experience

The ideal candidate will have the following skills/experience/qualifications:

- Proven experience delivering industrial projects to schedule and budget
- Background in relevant industry: hardware, electronics, quantum, photonics, telecommunications.
- Competence in project management theory and tools.
- Excellent communications and interpersonal skills.
- Very organised, proactive, and a positive mindset.

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Benefits

- 25 days annual leave + UK Bank Holidays
- Free and confidential Health & Wellbeing support
- Auto-enrolment pension scheme provided by SMART pensions
- Flexible working from home options
- Complimentary fruit and drinks (when in the office)
- Casual dress
- Company events
- Onsite parking available
- 10-minute cycle from Cambridge Station, under 1h from Kings Cross London

Place of work

Nu Quantum is currently working from home. We will be safely transitioning back into our offices and labs in autumn 2020.

Diversity & Inclusion

We strive to create a diverse environment and to be an equal opportunity employer. This means that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to national origin, age, sex, race, disability, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or religious background.