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Staff Vacuum Systems Engineer
Quantum Computing
Posted on 7/19/2023

201-500 employees

General-purpose quantum processor manufacturer
Company Overview
IonQ's mission is to build the world’s best quantum computers to solve the world’s most complex problems. The company has a unique trapped-ion approach combines unmatched physical performance, perfect qubit replication, optical network-ability, and highly-optimized algorithms to create a quantum computer that is as scalable as it is powerful, and that will support a broad array of applications across a variety of industries.

Company Stage


Total Funding





College Park, Maryland

Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth

Seattle, WA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Mechanical Engineering
  • 10+ years of industry experience
  • M.S. or higher in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or a related discipline
  • Experience designing, procuring, assembling, and testing UHV/XHV systems
  • Experience cleaning, bonding, and installing optics in a cryosystem, as well as wiring the interior of a cryostat
  • Experience designing and building complex vacuum systems that operate at cryogenic temperatures
  • Hands-on experience with diverse sources of vacuum pumping technology (cryo pumping, ion pumps, turbo pumps, NEG pumps, etc)
  • Strong background in the disciplines of cryogenic heat transfer and thermal engineering
  • Excellent CAD skills in OnShape, SolidWorks, or related packages
  • Basic understanding of optics and optical design
  • Excellent verbal and written communication communication skills, ability to generate memos, briefings, and documentation for a technical and non-technical audience
  • Ability to be onsite at our Seattle, WA, or College Park, MD location at least 3 days per week, with an ability to travel between sites
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion
  • Experience with atomic beams, charged particles, ion sources, or other vacuum environments used in atomic physics
  • Experience with laser delivery optics, optical viewports, nanopositioners, electrical resonators, microwave sources, or magnetic field sources
  • Experience working in a class 100 clean room environment
  • Simulation experience of ultrahigh vacuum environments using molflow or other software tools
  • Experience conducting thermal model analysis and correlating experimental results with model predictions
  • Familiarity with electrical design of cryo systems
  • Finite element analysis experience using COMSOL, ANSYS, or related tools
  • Experience preparing and presenting materials at gated review meetings (system requirements reviews, preliminary design reviews, critical design reviews)
  • Ability to work in fast-paced, team-oriented environment with minimal supervision
  • Design, assemble, and test cryogenic-based vacuum systems for quantum computers
  • Collaborate with a highly interdisciplinary team of atomic physicists, mechanical / optical / optomechanical / electrical engineers to design next-generation ultrahigh vacuum systems for quantum computers
  • Develop, maintain, and manage relationships with external vendors for custom components related to ultrahigh vacuum technology
  • Document design choices, vacuum chamber architecture, and vacuum chamber assembly process in reports, memos, and briefings
  • Review and interpret experimental data for engineering demonstrations and product development