Sr. Technical Facilities Engineer

Berkeley, CA
Fabrication – Equipment, Facilities & EHS /
Full-time /
This role will support our Berkeley quantum computing lab. This lab is building emerging technology and is a leader in the quantum computing space competing with the likes of IBM, Google and others. Newly public as of 2022, we are taking our operations to the next level and seek a dedicated individual to partner with internal teams to ensure up-time and business continuity along with safety.

You would be part of a global team of scientists and engineers striving to build the world's most powerful computers! The ideal candidate has strong working experience as a project manager and facilities operations manager in semiconductor manufacturing or R&D laboratory facilities.

Your role requires leadership and is also very hands-on; your focus will be: maintaining, repairing, and inspecting buildings, equipment, and grounds (including plumbing, electrical, and HVAC) to identify maintenance issues.

We are looking for someone who "leads the way" and collaborates well with functional teams on projects with varying resource requirements, which often requires judgment and innovative solutions. Your role impacts our customers; you are able to communicate concepts and successfully negotiate with others, including business leadership.

While this facility is staffed during normal working hours M-F, pager-duty (on call 24/7/365) is part of the role.

Example of Duties

    • EH&S Checks: Ensure proper facilities safety protocols are maintained. Work with our EH&S consultant to ensure compliance to all EH&S federal/state and local municipality regulations, along with responsibility for routine inspections for regular fire and safety equipment (i.e. fire extinguishers/ sprinklers)
    • Maintain SDS (formerly MSDS) log book for any chemicals that enter the building
    • Maintain flow sensors, filter changes on the cryo compressors and assist Engineering Operations with performing preventative maintenance of the cryo compressors
    • Vendor/Contractor Management: janitorial services, physical security, shipping/receiving, recycling, waste, and document control
    • Assist in determining the equipment and supply needs to support the function of the building and the facilities upkeep. Manage the following areas: Office area, HVAC, Kitchen, Restrooms (via janitorial services management)

Useful Work Experience

    • Knowledge and Experience in facilities systems including but not limited to:
    • Acid waste and exhaust, solvent waste and exhaust, chilled/condenser water, hot water, process chilled water, process gases, controls, and monitoring systems
    • Fire Life Safety and Gas Life Safety Systems City Permit requirements, National Electrical Code, Building Codes, Fire Codes, and Environmental, Health & Safety regulations and requirements
    • Building control systems
    • Knowledge of SPC, 8D, DMAIC, FMEA, and other relevant processes
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Proficient in Windows based software including Excel, Word, Project, Visio, PowerPoint and AutoCAD

Specifically Valuable to Rigetti

    • 10-15 years of experience in technical facilities project management and operations including leadership in semiconductor facilities
    • Hands-on experience in: electrical engineering, maintenance, environmental, health, safety, energy, civil engineering, and HVAC needs is a major plus
    • Familiarity with supporting equipment - i.e. chillers, back-up electrical systems, furnaces, AC, power systems, etc. for a data center and/or commercial buildings
$140,000 - $175,000 a year
Rigetti complies with all local and state regulations in regards to displaying salary ranges. Final compensation for this role will be determined by various factors such as a candidate’s relevant work experience, skills, and geographic location. Rigetti offers a full slate of benefits from competitive salaries, equity, medical, dental and vision paid at 98% for employees as well as rejuvenation days, a flexible vacation policy, commuter benefits, a 401(k) plan and paid parental leave program. 
As engineering leaders, we value diversity and are committed to building a culture of inclusion to attract and engage innovative thinkers. Our technology, meant to serve all of humanity, cannot succeed if those who built it do not mirror the diversity of the communities we serve. Applications from women, minorities, and other under-represented groups are encouraged.

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 130 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.