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Analogue Electronics Engineer at KETS

At KETS Quantum, we are developing secure communications using future-proof, scalable, and easily-deployed photonic hardware. The founding team have invented the world’s first chip-based quantum secured encryption technologies – from quantum random number generators to quantum key distribution devices.

Following the launch of a collaborative Innovate UK project with Airbus and an ambitious expansion plan for 2018, we are looking for talented engineers to join our team. We are developing complex electronic and photonic hardware systems with global opportunities for revenue generation and need to build the team who can help us develop and take that hardware to market.

At KETS Quantum, we are developing secure communications using future-proof, scalable, and easily-deployed photonic hardware. The founding team have invented the world’s first chip-based quantum secured encryption technologies – from quantum random number generators to quantum key distribution devices.

Following the launch of a collaborative Innovate UK project with Airbus and an ambitious expansion plan for 2018, we are looking for talented engineers to join our team. We are developing complex electronic and photonic hardware systems with global opportunities for revenue generation and need to build the team who can help us develop and take that hardware to market.

Electronic hardware engineering specialist responsible for developing and implementing the electronic driving and control systems for chip-based quantum secured communication products. These systems will initially be developed and deployed as part of an Innovate UK funded project, Q-DOS (Quantum key distribution for Drones with Optimal Size, weight and power). The project aims to develop a high speed optical communications link using QKD encryption, based on integrated photonics for use in platforms with strict SWaP requirements (e.g. UAVs, aircraft, satellites, fibre links, etc.).

 

Main Responsibilities:

  • Reporting to the CTO and working with an engineering team, industrial partners, and academic researchers to formulate project plans, carry out feasibility studies, and develop and implement the analogue electronic driving circuits and control systems for a quantum secured communications platform.
  • Design, fabricate, test – electronic circuits and systems for RF and DC operation in quantum secured optical communication systems
  • Development of the electronic hardware systems for commercial devices, and looking ahead to the future technologies we will deploy.
  • Supporting the development of new quantum key and random number systems.
  • Working closely with the engineering team and founders to develop solutions for the robust control and driving electronics and software needed to operate new optical communication systems.

 

Essential Person Requirements:

  • Excellent first degree and relevant experience in Electrical or Electronics Engineering or a related Engineering or Physics discipline.
  • Expertise in high-speed (GHz) electronics (RF electronics, digital and analogue circuits).
  • Experience with high-speed (GHz) test and measurement.
  • Experience in analogue DC electronics (voltage and current sources).
  • Experience in multi-layered RF PCB layout and design.
  • Experience in the construction and development of prototypes.
  • Have significant experience in the design and implementation of complex electronic systems
  • Experience of working in teams specialising in technology development, the ability to manage projects, and a desire to work in the emerging quantum technology industry are essential.
  • Experience in photonics and optical communications would be an asset.

 

Desirable skills:

  • Proven track record designing analogue and digital RF electronics
  • Experience with electronics for optical telecommunications
  • Understanding of embedded software (for example, in C/C++) and microprocessor board design
  • Experience interfacing with software programs and electronics used to control equipment
  • Experience of working in an interdisciplinary context
  • Experience bringing products to market
  • Knowledge of quantum communications and cryptography systems

The successful applicant will work closely with our founding team, business advisors, and our collaborators in academia and industry, and as part of the set-squared start-up community.

The nature of KETS' business means we spend a significant amount of time and resource on the development of innovative technologies. However, we recognise that our people are our most important asset and will work to enable our staff to develop and grow. We have flexible working hours, offer a competitive salary, generous leave and options package and make sure that we have as much fun as possible while we work hard!

Salary: 35-45k depending on experience

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