Theoretical AMO Physicist

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

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IonQ is looking for a theoretical AMO physicist to help further advance our state-of-the-art trapped ion quantum computer. You’ll work closely with experimental physicists and device engineers to work on various theoretical aspects of constructing and operating scalable trapped ion quantum computers. . We’re looking for people who are self-motivated, self-directed, and innovative, with a great attitude and work ethic.


  • Developing scientific computational tools to help develop trapped ion quantum computers
  • Analytical and numerical investigation of the quantum dynamics of trapped ion qubit system 
  • Design of hardware-specific quantum control procedures for trapped ion qubits 
  • Closely collaborating with experimental physicists and quantum engineers to understand the device-level details of the IonQ system                    

Required Skills/Education:

  • Doctorate degree in (AMO) Physics or relevant field
  • Demonstrated experience in both analytics and numerics
  • Proven device-level understanding of experimental equipment
  • Success working collaboratively in a team environment

Desired Skills:                    

  • Working knowledge of Fortran (especially F77!) and/or C
  • Working knowledge of Linux

Please include a CV and a cover letter containing a research statement (max. 13 pages). The research statement should include your scientific achievement in the relevant field, well formulated, realistic proposals for short- and medium- term research projects targeted specifically for IonQ’s systems, and your long-term goals and visions for this position.


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  • Location
    College Park, Maryland
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience