Ion Trap Design Scientist - 1645

Broomfield, CO
Science & Technology – Technology Development /
Full-time /
Science Led, Enterprise Driven – Accelerating Quantum Computing 
Quantinuum is the world’s largest integrated quantum company, pioneering powerful quantum computers and advanced software solutions. Quantinuum’s technology drives breakthroughs in materials discovery, cybersecurity, and next-gen quantum AI. With approximately 500 employees, including 370+ scientists and engineers, Quantinuum leads the quantum computing revolution across continents. 
We unite best-in-class software with high-fidelity hardware to accelerate quantum computing. With integrated full-stack technology, our world-class team is rapidly scaling quantum computing. 
Quantinuum recently secured $300m in funding, visit our news pages to learn more about this and other Quantinuum scientific breakthroughs and achievements: 
Quantinuum is seeking a highly qualified Ion Trap Design Scientist for our Broomfield, CO location to apply their expertise to cutting edge R&D problems in the field of quantum computing. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in designing surface-electrode ion traps using electrostatic simulation and numerical optimization. In this role, you will design the RF and control electrodes for novel trap architectures, closely collaborating with compiler, architecture, and fabrication teams. 

Key Responsibilities:

    • Design surface-electrode ion traps for QCCD-architecture quantum computers.
    • Collaborate with other functions such as system architecture and quantum circuit compiler team to determine trap concept-of-operations and optimal design strategies.
    • Partner with the trap fabrication team to design optimal sub-surface structures that facilitate trap operation.
    • Perform trade and feasibility studies of forward-looking trap architectures.
    • Provide technical expertise as a program team leader in the identification and development of new concepts and business opportunities.
    • Lead proposals to address future business opportunities, scientific growth, and project/process changes.


    • PhD required.
    • Minimum 4+ years of experience designing surface-electrode ion traps using electrostatic simulation and optimization and/or ion transport waveform design.
    • Minimum 4+ years of experience applying physical principles to inform numerical optimization.


    • PhD in physics or a related field preferred.
    • 6+ years of experience designing surface-electrode ion traps using electrostatic simulation and optimization preferred.
    • Experience with numerical optimization techniques, such as convex optimization, genetic algorithms, or optimal control theory.
    • Proficiency in one or more compiled languages such as C, C++, Fortran, or Rust.
    • Experience with configuring and analyzing BEM and/or FEM models.
    • Experience using HPC clusters, GPUs, or other parallel computing techniques.
    • A history of public-facing work, such as patents, open-source repositories, or conference presentations.
    • Track record of successful technical mentorship.
    • Active teamwork and collaboration.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
$171,000 - $213,000 a year
Compensation & Benefits: 
Range posted is inclusive of bonus target when applicable 
Incentive eligible
What is in it for you?
A competitive salary and innovative, game-changing work
Flexible work schedule
For full-time employees, we offer: Employer subsidized health, dental, and vision insurance; Equity, 401k retirement savings plan + 12 Paid holidays and generous vacation + sick time
Quantinuum is a team of over 450+ people. Among them you'll find the world's leading quantum computing hardware and software experts; Not only are they driven to discover the future, but they are also committed to change the world for the better
Paid parental leave
Employee discounts

Quantinuum is an equal opportunity employer. You will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status.