Experimental Physicist (PhD)

Burnaby, British Columbia
Research & Development – Processor Development
Full-time, Permanent

D-Wave is looking for exceptionally motivated people who love to see the impact of their work, who are driven to ensure the success of the company, and who want to be a part of something special.  We are working to radically change what is possible with computers and are leading the effort to commercialize quantum computing. 

D-Wave’s systems are multi-disciplinary in nature spanning, physics, algorithms research, math, mechanical engineering, cryogenics engineering, low-noise analog and digital electronics, conventional computer networking, and a low-magnetic field environment. The company's flagship product, the D-Wave 2000Q, is built around a novel superconducting quantum processor designed to exploit quantum resources known to offer large computational speedups on some problems. The D-Wave annealing quantum computer can sample from probability distributions and optimize functions that are computationally intractable using classical hardware. D-Wave computers are currently being used by customers such as Lockheed Martin, NASA and Google, and there is a rapidly expanding community of cloud users and developers exploring applications and expanding open-source tools. D-Wave has appeared in Time Magazine, MIT Technology Review, Forbes, INC Magazine, and Wired.

D-Wave is looking for a creative, energetic, and self-motivated professional to join our Processor Development (PD) team as an Experimental Physicist (PhD). The PD team at D-Wave is composed of world class superconducting designers, fabrication engineers, software developers and physicists who have their groundbreaking work regularly published in high profile journals.

In this challenging and exciting position, you will be responsible for identifying and resolving problems arising in the design, development, and performance of advanced superconducting quantum processors.

In this role you will:

    • Develop experimental procedures to quantify and understand the performance of our quantum annealing processor technology
    • Design, test, and analysis of superconducting circuitry
    • Contribute to developing and executing a technology development roadmap for next generation processors
    • Contribute to the software infrastructure for operating processors and supporting research and development
    • Document experimental results in a clear manner
    • Communicate with other internal teams such as marketing, intellectual property, and engineering

Required Qualifications:

    • Ph.D. in experimental physics; recent post doc or equivalent research experience in an asset
    • Experience in microwave characterization of superconducting qubits or related devices is preferred but not necessary
    • Experience working with dilution refrigerators, low noise electronics and measurements
    • Strong software engineering skills related to data acquisition, experimental design and data analysis
    • Proven ability to publish results of experimental work in peer reviewed journals
    • Excellent communication skills and motivation to work with practical quantum computing systems
    • Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team, in a time-sensitive environment, and on a wide variety of problems
D-Wave is passionate about building a diverse and inclusive workplace and welcomes applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, identities and experiences. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or provincial law.