Systems Operations Engineer

· College Park, Maryland
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

IonQ is developing the world's first fully expressive, full-stack quantum computer based on trapped-ion technology. We are pushing past the limits of classical physics and current supercomputing technology. These computers are poised to unlock the staggering potential of the quantum realm and help remake industries like medicine, materials science, simulation, finance, strong A.I., machine learning, cryptography, high-performance supercomputing, and more.

Quantum computers are a revolutionizing technology — they will transform business, society, and the planet for the better, and IonQ is at the forefront of this revolution. We’re proudly supported by investors like Amazon Web Services, GV, NEA, and more.

We’re looking for a System Operations Engineer. You’ll be part of a cross-functional team whose mission is to operate and improve IonQ’s industry-leading trapped ion quantum computers. In the first three months on the job, you’d be learning how to maintain our quantum computers’ hardware and software. Recent graduates in physics and related fields are encouraged to apply; we will train you in quantum computer maintenance and operation!


  • Ensure high uptime and performance of our commercial quantum computers, through maintenance, monitoring, and engineering of state-of-the-art quantum computers
  • Automate capabilities to optimize system performance
  • Work collaboratively with physicists and engineers to build tools and technologies that improve the performance of present and future commercial systems

You’d be a good fit with:

  • Bachelors or Master degree in physics, engineering, or another physical sciences
  • A love of physics and quantum physics in particular
  • Proficient programming expertise in a general-purpose programming language
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and a collaborative mindset

You’d be a great fit with:

  • Laboratory experience in atomic physics
  • Knowledge of quantum physics
  • Knowledge of atomic, optical, and/or trapped ion physics
  • Hands on experience with optical alignments, laser stabilization, AOMs
  • Deep experience with Javascript or Python
  • A background in data analysis or data science

Our HQ is located in the Discovery Park area of College Park, Maryland. We are a five-minute walk from the Metro. 

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. 

If you are interested in being a part of this team and mission, we encourage you to apply.

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  • Location
    College Park, Maryland
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  • Minimum Experience