Quantum Processor Architect at Quantum Brilliance

Full-Time, Architecture, Sydney, AU sydney full-time
Posted 2 years ago

About us

Quantum Brilliance is the world leader in room-temperature quantum computing that creates diamond quantum microprocessors using the most advanced diamond fabrication techniques. Our unique vision is to make quantum computing available as an everyday technology, from data centres to remote and mobile systems like autonomous robots and satellites. In contrast to quantum computers that fill a room, we are developing quantum accelerators with more compute power than a classical supercomputer but a form factor smaller than a lunchbox.

We are a full-stack Australian-German quantum computing company, led and supported by the pioneers of diamond quantum information processing. Our HQs are in Canberra and Stuttgart, with additional locations across Australia and southern Germany. We are working with global technology leaders to develop quantum computing applications, integrate quantum with high-performance computing, solve materials science challenges and develop ultra-precise semiconductor manufacturing and control techniques. We are backed by leading venture-capital funds and major research and technology institutes.

We are looking for a Quantum Processor Architect to be a key part of our exciting multi-disciplinary team designing, simulating and specifying the processors of our diamond quantum computers. You could be located anywhere in Australia or be open to relocating to Australia (We do support Visa & Relocation processes)


As a Quantum Processor Architect, you will play a pivotal role in the design and development of the future generations of our scalable diamond quantum processors. You will work within a multidisciplinary team that:

• Determines optimal qubit layouts

• Designs and simulates the integrated micro-electronic, -optical and -magnetic devices that control the qubits

• Designs and simulates the optimal protocols for processor operations (i.e. initialisation/readout, gate operation etc)

• Specifies the processor architecture and protocols for our fabrication and device divisions to create the processors, and integrate them with other computer sub-systems.

Your team will be composed of experts in quantum systems, quantum control, semiconductor electronics, micro-optics and -magnetics. They will come from cutting edge research and industry. You will also work closely with fabrication and device engineers to ensure your designs are feasible and integrate optimally within the greater system of our quantum computers, and with our software and application developers to ensure that your qubit layouts and protocols support us in delivering a quantum advantage to customers soonest. More broadly, you will work with R&D partners who are developing the next generation of high-performance techniques for the fabrication and control of diamond quantum computers.

Consequently, the role offers the unique opportunity to be one of the pioneers of quantum processor engineering.

Job Summary

We are interested to hear from people with a broad range of backgrounds and career stages, whether you have recently finished your PhD, are a senior postdoc or research group leader running your own projects, or are working in a technical industry role. We will tailor the role (and remuneration) to your career stage and expertise. Your tasks will include a sub-set of the following, depending on what you bring to the team:

  • Performing quantum physical simulations of different qubit layouts and interpreting implications for performance metrics such as qubit coherence, stability and process fidelities
  • Developing the protocols for scheduling, routing and transpilation of operations for different qubit layouts and inferring implications for processor performance in different computing tasks
  • Simulating the electromagnetic and thermal behaviour of integrated micro-semiconductor electronics, -microwave/radiofrequency electronics, -optical and -magnetic devices
  • Compiling detailed specifications of processor designs and protocols and working closely with fabrication and device engineers in their creation, testing and evaluation

About you

  • PhD or Master in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or similar discipline
  • >5 years of experience in quantum computing and/ or integrated micro-optical/electronic/ magnetic device engineering (can include PhD work)
  • Strong competency with quantum physics and/ or micro-electromagnetic and thermal simulation tools
  • Strong programming skills for post-processing and interpretation of data (e.g., Mathematica, MATLAB, Python, C)
  • Demonstrated ability to work in multidisciplinary teams in science and engineering
  • Excellent communication skills and independent learning and thinking skills
  • Driven, creative, humble, honest and collaborative
  • Excited about emerging technology and working in a start-up company

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and are aware that some individuals tend to only apply for jobs when they meet 100% of the criteria. If you think you have what it takes, but don't necessarily meet every single point on the job description, please still get in touch. We'd love to have a chat and see if you could be a great fit!

About an R&D role with Quantum Brilliance:

  • At Quantum Brilliance, you’ll join a team of experts working to create massive, transformative impact. You’ll join a team of problem-solvers, who are curious and driven to understand and master new things. We pride ourselves on a collaborative environment, where we learn from the unique expertise that each person brings, and support the growth of each team member.
  • Working with bright and engaging colleagues, aligned to a common goal. In many academic settings, there are 1-2 people at most working on a particular project. At Quantum Brilliance, there are more people on your project and closely related topics, creating a vibrant environment with lots to learn and share. It also provides an environment to develop your skills in project management and coordination.
  • Collaborating with colleagues around the world. We currently have labs in 6 locations across Australia and Germany, and collaborate with leading research institutions and quantum technology companies.
  • Continuous learning. You're expected to keep pace with the state of the art in the field, reading papers and (virtually) attending conferences. If you're switching fields, you'll need to rapidly get up to speed with the literature history, something we will help with but that you are expected to drive. There are further exciting learnings in project management, team leadership, and business operations.
  • Research leadership. As you complete projects and build your understanding of the company and its R&D programs, you will be increasingly expected to provide input to help shape roadmaps and targets for subsequent R&D projects. This can include pitching projects to followup on discoveries made during previous projects.
  • Creating IP and patenting your inventions.
  • Publishing. We'll publish from time to time as a company, including technical white papers and scientific papers targeting top-tier (Nature, Science) journals, with authorship following the usual scientific conventions. In contrast to an academic environment, the publishing is driven by strategic considerations rather than as our primary 'product'.
  • Conferences and outreach. We provide opportunities for presenting at and/or participating in conferences, workshops and careers events.
  • Lecturing and teaching. You won't be convening undergrad courses, but you will still have plenty of opportunities to share your knowledge within the team. This can include providing technical leadership and mentoring to other team members, doing projects with brilliant interns, and regular internal technical group meetings.
  • Research environment. Our labs are co-located with universities or public research institutions, at sites across Australia and Germany.
  • Applying for grants. Depending on your role with QB and the funding/partnership opportunities, this might still be a thing. But there tends to be a much higher success rate, shorter timelines to funding outcomes, and it's no longer a live-or-die thing for your career