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Lab Associate

Company: PsiQuantum
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: November 12, 2021

Job Description:

At PsiQuantum, we are on a mission to build the world's first large-scale, commercially useful, 1 million-plus qubit quantum computer, powered by breakthroughs in silicon photonics and quantum architecture. We were founded in 2016 by the world's foremost experts in photonic quantum computing and have assembled a world class team dedicated to bringing the world-changing benefits of quantum computing into reality.
Quantum computing is anticipated to unlock the solutions to otherwise impossible computational tasks, with impact across science, technology and business. With applications across climate, healthcare, energy, finance, agriculture, transportation, materials design and more, quantum computing will tackle some of the most urgent practical challenges we face, as well as deliver entirely new industries.
Our team is working across the full stack of quantum computing, from hardware design, manufacturing and packaging through to quantum architecture and quantum algorithms. We're a highly integrated, collaborative team and love tackling problems than span across interfaces.
PsiQuantum is uniquely positioned to deliver on the promise of quantum computing. We have already demonstrated that it's possible to manufacture core quantum components using the standard and scalable manufacturing processes of a world-leading semiconductor fab.
There's more work to be done and we are looking for exceptional talent to join us on this extraordinary journey!
Job Summary:Quantum computing promises to solve many important problems that could never be solved on any conventional computer. At PsiQ we're building a general-purpose silicon photonic quantum computer to tackle these very problems. We are looking for a lab associate to join our lab support team as a test operator who will work closely with engineering teams and others to support R&D test operations, ensure the functionality of equipment, as well as provide support to other parts of the company.

  • Work from schematics, drawings, sketches, and verbal or written instructions to set up, assemble, and validate test setups for semiconductor, electrical, optical, and other tests.
  • Follow test plans and standard operating procedures to execute tests.
  • Provide updated language for SOPs based on research, experimentation, and lessons learned.
  • Operate cryogenic test systems and support debug efforts and maintenance for these systems including associated hardware.
  • Be proactive at identifying test issues and troubleshooting with minimal to no supervision to resolve issues quickly.
  • Support lab, cleanroom operations, and maintenance activities.
  • Additional duties as assigned.
    • BS degree in mechanical or electrical engineering, physics, or related technical field, or job experience equivalent of same.
    • At least 1 year of related experience in a semiconductor, optical, or R&D test position.
    • Strong attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, and take initiative to solve problems, and work independently.
    • Ability to read mechanical drawings, understand schematics, manuals, and follow detailed test plans.
    • Ability to troubleshoot complex mechanical components, assemblies, optical, and electrical systems using basic trouble shooting tools.
    • High dexterity working with small components using precision tools and instruments.
    • Proficiency with MS Office software and Windows/Windows and other business applications.
    • Physical agility and manual dexterity, specific knowledge of safe material handling (able to lift 50lbs).
    • Able to work from ladders, under tables, in cramped conditions, to stoop, kneel, and otherwise move to install components.
    • Willingness to "wear multiple hats", perform a wide range of different tasks, utilize various tools to support engineering R&D and operational efforts.
    • Demonstrate excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
    • Able to communicate through mechanical drawings and sketches.
    • Strong basic math abilities.
      Highly Desirable Skills:
      • Experience with vacuum or cryogenic systems.
      • Hands on experience working with semiconductor probe stations.
      • Experience with fiber optics, lasers & optical assemblies.
      • Experience with electrical soldering, PCB rework/debug.
      • Experience with scripting languages such as Python, MATLAB, or similar.
      • General use of hand power tools.

        PsiQuantum provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. PsiQuantum does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable laws.
        We are not accepting unsolicited resumes from employment agencies.

Keywords: PsiQuantum, Palo Alto , Lab Associate, Healthcare , Palo Alto, California

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