QE 1 - Physics

Berkeley, CA
QPU – Quantum Engineering
Full-time
Our entry-level Quantum Engineer (QE) 1 position offers a unique path to the frontier of quantum computing. As a quantum engineer, your mission will be to accelerate the development of our quantum hardware -- the superconducting circuits and control systems at the heart of our technology. You'll work alongside senior engineers in this pursuit, joining your creativity, problem solving, and eagerness to learn with the team at Rigetti.

There are four QE 1 tracks appropriate for candidates' interests and experience: Physics, Hardware, Fabrication and Software. Candidates in the QE 1 Physics track typically come from Physics, EE, and/or Math backgrounds. Physics QE 1s primarily work in one of the following areas:

Physics QE 1 Areas:

    • Quantum Engineering: integrating, testing, and benchmarking quantum computers.
    • Device Design & Theory: designing the quantum behavior of the system from theoretical models to chip layout.

About You

    • B.S. or M.S. degree in Physics, EE, ME, CS (2019 graduates who are about to graduate, and early 2020 graduates will also be considered)
    • Strong appetite for learning
    • Extraordinary communication skills and strong programming ability
    • Demonstrated ability for teamwork and leadership


About Rigetti
Rigetti Computing is on a mission to build the world’s most powerful computers. Based in Berkeley and Fremont, CA, we are scientists, engineers, builders, and visionaries who believe quantum computing is going to significantly affect health care, how we treat disease, how we generate energy, and how we feed humanity. We design and fabricate quantum circuits and deploy them as quantum computers available online. Our engineers build the full stack of technologies that are integrated into these machines, including cryogenic hardware and microwave circuitry, advanced analog and digital control modules, and a software stack that provides the world’s most advanced SDK and runtime environment for quantum computers. Our quantum computer is available through Our product, Quantum Cloud Services, which is the world’s first full-stack programming and execution environment for quantum/classical computing. We were founded by Chad Rigetti in 2013, and today employ over 140 people.

For more information, refer to our About page.

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 authorized 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.