Staff Hardware Architect - R&D

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IonQ is developing the world's most powerful full-stack quantum computer based on trapped-ion technology. We are pushing past the limits of classical physics and current supercomputing technology to unlock a new era of computing. Quantum computing has the potential to impact every area of human society for the better. IonQ’s computers will soon redefine industries like medicine, materials science, finance, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cryptography, and more. IonQ is at the forefront of this technological revolution.


We are looking for a Quantum computing expert to architect and integrate our next generation hardware and algorithms created in R&D for our future quantum computing systems.

This role is for you if you enjoy hands-on, highly creative, multi-disciplinary work on completely new hardware systems. These are sensitive quantum environments comprised of lasers, light detectors, creative feedback loops and fast modulators to enable our vision of Quantum advantage. You will be flexible in your approach of optimizing many different hardware domains and define new architectural directions to pursue. At the same time, you will be hands-on and disciplined to calculate the performance thresholds of future architecture schemes. You will also build systems to empirically verify architecture performance.


  • Architect our next generation quantum computers leveraging our latest R&D hardware and algorithms
  • Experiment hands on and iterate your concepts with the cross functional team
  • Creative thought leader in defining new areas of hardware and algorithm research for our R&D roadmap
  • Stay current on the latest technologies relevant to quantum computing and define what we should pursue or stop
  • Establish performance guardrails of different quantum computing architectures
  • Creative in finding ways to miniaturize hardware systems
  • Owning a technical roadmap towards a new Quantum computer of the future and holding the team accountable to get there

The ideal candidate will have experience leading multiple simultaneous product development efforts, projects, and initiatives. You’ll be able to balance technical expertise and savvy with strong business judgment to make great technology choices. You’ll strive for simplicity and demonstrate significant creativity and incisive judgment.

You’d be a good fit with:

  • PhD degree in, Physics, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent practical experience
  • 7+ years hands on industry (post-doc) experience in Hardware development
  • 4+ years development in a Physics based instrumentation environment
  • Experienced in laser physics control and modulation
  • Broad understanding in hardware architecture options and implications on performance trade-offs
  • Creative in finding ways to miniaturize hardware

You’d be a great fit with:

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related technical field
  • You are actively creative in building hardware systems even willing to get hands on with diverse platforms like: Raspberry Pi or Arduino
  • Experienced in leveraging outside hardware resources to get the job done
  • FPGA programming 
  • Experience working with opto-mechanical design
  • A background in robotics
  • Familiarity with digital signal processing

Our HQ is located in College Park, Maryland and we are a 15 minute metro ride from Washington DC. We have also recently announced our new manufacturing and production facility in the Seattle, Washington area. We are actively building out teams in the Washington D.C., Seattle and Toronto metro areas and will want to locate you in one of these geographies. However, IonQ will be expanding into additional geographies both domestically and internationally so don’t let this stop you from applying.
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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An Insider's view of IonQ

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What’s the vibe like in the office?

What jumps out is our teamwork. We are valued for our technical skills as well as how we represent our company values. I love the culture of enthusiasm and camaraderie we have both in our main College Park office, and with our globally remote teams. We cheer each other on, celebrate our wins, and are always working toward the next big dream.
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What projects are you most excited about?

My background is in using the world's fastest supercomputers to develop new materials. What excites me about working for IonQ is that quantum computers can help discover entirely new materials, which would've been unimaginable without our technology! I'm especially passionate about contributing toward clean energy and personalized medicine.
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What does career growth look like on your team?

Our team ranges in experience from recent college hires to highly experienced engineers. Team members quickly move from contributor to leadership roles. Over time, their scope expands from one feature to whole projects. At each stage we make sure our team members are mentored and supported by senior engineers on the team.
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How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Creativity flourishes when people are comfortable taking risks. Creating a culture where failure is a learning opportunity–and the key part is the learning–makes the team stronger. I share my mistakes so my team understands failure is good, normal, and an opportunity to learn something new. And then we celebrate the wins!
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What's something quirky about your company?

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What are IonQ Perks + Benefits

IonQ Benefits Overview

Parental leave
100% paid maternity/paternity/bonding leave for eligible employees.

Health, vision, dental insurance, and an HSA for you and your family.

Flexible time off
We believe in achieving our goals and then taking the vacation we need.

Save in our 401(k) and we'll match up to 5% (vesting over five years).

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Open office floor plan
Employee-led culture committees
Quarterly engagement surveys
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Flexible work schedule
Remote work program
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Mean gender pay gap below 10%
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Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
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Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Company equity
Performance bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited vacation policy
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Flexible time off
Bereavement leave benefits
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Some meals provided
Onsite office parking
Relocation assistance
Home-office stipend for remote employees
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Lunch and learns
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