Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physicist (senior) at Nomad Atomics

Research, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia melbourne
Posted 1 years ago


Nomad Atomics is on a mission to make the broad uptake of quantum sensing a reality and simultaneously push the limits of our field beyond what we think is possible. We are building the world’s most advanced fit-for-purpose quantum sensors to allow us to see the world like never before.

Our team is made up of leaders in the quantum sensing field. We believe the time for commercial quantum sensing has come, and we are determined with making it happen.

We are growing here at Nomad Atomics – FAST. We are searching for people who want to finally take the commercial sensing game into the modern era of technology.

Who you are

You are a voracious learner, and you love building things. You do not shy away from taking on the impossible. You apply these principles to all parts of science and engineering and are excited to operate at the forefront of technology development. You are an expert in your field and are ready to jump headfirst into the strange world of quantum sensing.

It’s ok if you don’t have all the skills yet to build a quantum sensor, because you want to work with a global team of experts to fill in the gaps. You may have come from a large corporation or be fresh out of university but the idea of working in a fast-paced, highly iterative, and integrated team is exciting.

Your role

Working hand in hand with a cross-functional team, you’ll be responsible for driving and managing a research and development program in our lab. This is an exceptionally hands-on role requiring a broad skill set, including the design, integration, and operation of atomic quantum sensors. (These things are being used in the field, and we are moving fast.)

You will be responsible for and deeply embedded in the end-to-end development and deployment of our sensors and will be engaged daily in tasks like:

  • Provide technical guidance and directions to a team of physicists and engineers.
  • Designing and prototyping optical, mechanical and electronics subsystems.
  • Optimization and ruggedization of atomic sensors for practical applications.
  • Atomic sensor integration, optimization and deployment in real-world environments.


It’s not about specifically where you have come from nor what qualifications you have. What truly matters is that you are an impossibly fast learner. The types of things people applying for this role have done prior to Nomad are things like:

  • PhD in atomic, molecular or quantum physics, and 3+ years of related academic or industry experience
  • Familiarity with laser spectroscopy, laser-cooling and atom interferometry of atomic species
  • Aptitude towards programming and automation. Competence with Python for lab instrumentation, control systems and data analysis is preferred
  • Expertise with ultra-high vacuum systems
  • Narrow linewidth lasers and frequency stabilization
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills, with the ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Strong communication skills to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams

If you think you’re right for the role, but don’t have some of these skills, reach out – we’d love to talk anyway.


The role is full-time and based in Melbourne, Australia. The ability to acquire within a reasonable timeframe the appropriate Australian government security clearance level is preferred.

We have the flexibility to work from home from time to time, but mostly it’s getting your hands dirty in our shiny labs.

We offer a competitive salary, employee share option package and opportunities for professional growth and advancement.