Senior Process Engineer (Lithography)

Fremont, CA /
Fabrication – Engineering Modules /
Senior Process Engineer (Lithography)
Location: FREMONT, CA

Rigetti Computing is developing cloud-deployed quantum computers to solve humanity’s most pressing and valuable problems. We are a highly diverse and interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers working at the cutting edge of technology in a mission-driven entrepreneurial environment. We believe that bringing together teams from various cultures, educational backgrounds, and technical disciplines helps them to see things from more points of view and to make great products that change the world for the better.

As Senior Process Engineer in Lithography, you will be in charge of the development and sustaining activities in optical lithography tools, processes, and development that will be used for building quantum integrated circuits. You will spend your time immersed in the hands-on fabrication of these devices. You will work in a fast-paced environment with a wide range of engineers and scientists in process, integration, design, and quantum engineering. The ideal candidate will have experience in lithography.

Key Responsibilities

    • Develop and drive implementation of solutions to solve key lithography and problems for quantum integrated circuits
    • Develop and implement optical lithography roadmap to support the production of quantum integrated circuits
    • Sustain existing lithography processes and tools
    • A key member of the team to help establish Rigetti Fab as a leading quantum integrated circuit foundry

Additional Responsibilities

    • Day-to-day process duties include sustaining, driving continuous improvement projects, and working with integration and development teams to develop new processes
    • Should be able to organize data, draw correlations from process interactions, and present results in a concise fashion
    • Understand present and future lithography and metrology challenges and requirements and communicate these regularly to management
    • Work with other fab team members, be responsible for tools, material, metrology, and process aspects of the litho modules
    • Establish metrics, monitors, and process controls to run an efficient and predictable lithography process
    • Should be able to work with tool suppliers, maintain high uptime of tools and module
    • Responsible for equipment and process calibration and monitors
    • Show ability to work independently and manage stakeholders; Show ability to deal with ambiguity in defining activities and direction
    • Should have a working knowledge of SPC, root-cause fixes, and application of containment solutions
    • Should be able to establish and submit process requirements to be met in designing and acquiring new equipment
    • Should have good planning skills with excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Understanding of downstream, upstream, and end-of-line interactions with lithography

About You

    • Bachelors with up to 5 years experience, Masters with up to 4 years experience, or a Ph.D. with up to 3 years experience with relevant hands-on experience in physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, materials science, or equivalent background
    • Hands-on experience using lithography tools and related equipment, such as resist coating and development tools
    • Comfortable working in a Clean Room environment, including hygiene protocols and hazmat handling protocols
    • Excellent oral communication skills, ability to work in a fast-paced team environment
    • A high degree of comfort with the flexible, agile small company environment
    • Detail-oriented, comfortable with a computer-based recipe and wafer tracking systems
    • Experience and comfort with MS Office products, including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, also JMP and Google Docs
- Opportunity to start on the ground floor in Operations at a groundbreaking and disruptive company
- A high-energy company that will challenge you on a daily basis
- Ability to leverage your background in your day-to-day work and build systems that enable internal customers to see the progress in Inventory Management
- Great Team working to change the way we think about computing!

Benefits and Perks:
Rigetti seeks individuals who are motivated by grand challenges and the opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the exciting quantum computing space. As long-term visionaries, we offer employees opportunities for continuous personal and professional growth so they can advance our mission to help solve humanity's most important and pressing problems. To support the financial success and health of our employees and their families, we offer the following benefits in addition to a competitive base salary:

401k Plan
Generous Equity Grant

 Benefits Premiums:
 Rigetti pays 98% of all benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision) premiums for employees.
 Rigetti pays 95% of all benefit (Medical, Dental, Vision) premiums for our employees' dependents.

Anthem Blue Cross Life Insurance at no cost to the employee
Opportunities for additional performance-based equity grants or bonuses 

To help our employees bring their best selves to work, we also offer various perks to support each individual to perform at their highest level and foster work-life balance. All non-exempt employees are eligible for:

Flexible PTO as soon as they join
Fitness Activity & Gym Membership Reimbursement
16-Week Paid Parental Leave
FSA & Commuter Benefits
Employment Assistance Program (EAP)
Flexible Work Schedule

As we continue to grow our company, we will prioritize applicants who have created thoughtful applications and share our vision and passion for quantum computing. While we regret that we can't hire every applicant, we keep applications on file for 2 years and will reach out if you're a good fit for a future opportunity. 

About Rigetti
Rigetti Computing is a pioneer in full-stack quantum computing. The company has operated quantum computers over the cloud since 2017 and serves global enterprise, government, and research clients through its Rigetti Quantum Cloud Services platform. The company’s proprietary quantum-classical infrastructure provides ultra-low latency integration with public and private clouds for high-performance practical quantum computing. Rigetti has developed the industry’s first multi-chip quantum processor for scalable quantum computing systems. The company designs and manufactures its chips in-house at Fab-1, the industry’s first dedicated and integrated quantum device manufacturing facility. Rigetti was founded in 2013 by Chad Rigetti and today employs more than 180 people with offices in the United States, U.K., and Australia. Learn more at

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Export Licensing Compliance
This position may require access to information protected under U.S. export control laws and regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  Please note that any offer for employment may be conditioned on authorization to receive software or technology controlled under these U.S. export control laws and regulations without sponsorship for an export license. In order to ensure compliance, Rigetti must determine U.S. citizenship or U.S. visa/immigration status of all prospective applicants for this position.

Any citizenship information provided will be reviewed solely for export control compliance purposes.  Only applicants eligible to receive export-controlled items, software, technology, and information will be considered for this position.  Citizenship information will be handled in accordance with Rigetti’s policies prohibiting discrimination based upon classifications protected by federal, state, or local law.

Rigetti is committed to full compliance with applicable anti-discrimination laws. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We strive to create an inclusive work environment and will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.