Mechanical Engineer, Cryo/RF

Berkeley, CA /
QPU – Hardware Engineering /
Mechanical Engineer, Cryo/RF
Location: Berkeley, Ca.

As a Mechanical Engineer at Rigetti Computing, you will design and validate hardware to support RF signal delivery and silicon device packaging at the core of our quantum computing system, forming the interface between the room temperature control electronics and the cryogenic vacuum environment where the superconducting qubits operate. This involves the design of mechanical components and assemblies in SolidWorks CAD, selection of materials and fabrication processes for this unique and challenging environment, developing assembly procedures, and performing tolerance analyses and experimental studies to guarantee performance at milli-kelvin temperatures.

You will be working closely with a team of electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, physicists, and outside component suppliers to define system and component requirements and integrate your designs into customer-deployed quantum computers.


    • BS degree or higher in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent
    • 2+ years of relevant industry experience
    • Experience using mechanical 3D CAD, SolidWorks preferred
    • Understanding of tolerance analysis and Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)
    • Excellent communication skills and an ability to interact across different disciplines


    • Familiarity/experience with packaging requirements for electronic devices, especially RF components for cryogenic environments
    • 4+ years of experience or graduate degree
    • Demonstrated ability to work on multi-physics problems, especially thermal and mechanical effects in cryogenic materials
    • Familiarity with documentation control, revision management, and PLM systems
    • Experience developing assembly processes, documentation, and validation test plans
As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, we have committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our employees and have adopted a virtual interview process. This position will be based out of our Berkeley headquarters and may be required to work remotely temporarily.  Longer-term, this position will likely be a hybrid role (primarily onsite with some remote work opportunities).

- Opportunity to start at 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 a thoughtful application 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 140 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.