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Quantum Detector Scientist

Nu Quantum has created a new way of achieving single-photon detection. You will be part of the team developing the first and second generation of Nu Quantum single-photon detector products. 

 You will be involved in the design, basic fabrication, measurement and optimisation of the single-photon detectors, as well as the design, implementation, and use of the single-photon measurement and characterisation suite.


Qualifications, skills, and experience

The ideal candidate will have the following skills/experience/qualifications:

  • First-class degree in a numerate subject such as electrical engineering, computer science, physics, or mathematics.
  • PhD in experimental quantum physics involving devices. Skills:
    • Experimental optics and associated experimental skills
    • Experience with use of the following instruments: high-rate oscilloscope, arbitrary waveform generator, relay card, source measure units, power-meters, multimeters, pulsed lasers
    • Proven ability to design an experiment
    • Proven ability to collect, analyse and interpret experimental data
    • Experience with design and optimisation of optically-addressed semiconductor structures and devices.
    • Basic cleanroom / semiconductor fabrication skills: general wet bench use, etching, lithography, metal evaporation, bonding.
  • Programming skills (python preferred) for instrumentation and data analysis
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, proactive thinking, and a positive mindset.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Creative


25 days annual leave + UK Bank Holidays

Free and confidential Health & Wellbeing support

Auto-enrolment pension scheme provided by SMART pensions

Flexible working from home options

Complimentary fruit and drinks (when in the office)

Casual dress

Company events

Onsite parking available

10-minute cycle from Cambridge Station, under 1h from Kings Cross London

Place of work

Nu Quantum is currently working from home. We will be safely transitioning back into our offices and labs in autumn 2020.

Diversity & Inclusion

We strive to create a diverse environment and to be an equal opportunity employer. This means that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to national origin, age, sex, race, disability, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or religious background.

What we do at Nu Quantum

Illuminating the quantum revolution.

At Nu Quantum we make quantum devices which can emit and detect single-photons. Our devices underpin those quantum systems which make single photons carry quantum information or interact in sophisticated ways, to arrive at a new era of communications, simulation, computing, sensing and metrology. By combining novel materials and semiconductor technology, the Nu Quantum components achieve new capabilities and groundbreaking enhanced performance.

History of Nu Quantum

Nu Quantum was founded in late 2018 to commercialise cutting-edge research spun out of the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. The company is backed by a syndicate of world-class investors led by Amadeus Capital Partners, and has been awarded several multi-million government projects. Nu Quantum is now growing a world-class multi-disciplinary team in Cambridge, where they are building their headquarters and state-of-the-art labs, and plan to launch their first quantum product in 2021.

Working at Nu Quantum

We’re a fast-paced and rapidly-growing start up, with a friendly, supportive and ambitious approach. We have a strong culture of trust and respect and can offer lots of varied opportunities and responsibilities for our teams to take ownership of and grow with. We value creativity, integrity, ambition, meaningful teamwork, and fun. We are looking for people with drive and passion. You will be collaborating with a growth minded, diverse team.