Quantum Diamond Surface Scientist at Quantum Brilliance

Full-Time, Fabrication, Melbourne, AU melbourne full-time
Posted a month 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.

Founded in 2019 by leaders in diamond quantum science from the Australian National University, an Australia-German company, our HQs are in Canberra and Stuttgart, with additional locations across Australia and southern Germany. We are a venture-capital backed company with Tier-1 investors including Main Sequence, Moelis Asset Management, quantum computing and machine learning serial entrepreneurs.

We are looking for a Diamond Surface Scientist to build our diamond materials expertise and help develop fabrication techniques for our diamond quantum devices.


As a Quantum Diamond Surface Scientist, you will play a key role in one of our largest R&D programs by developing novel and advanced Scanning Tunnelling Microscope (STM) techniques for the fabrication of our diamond quantum microprocessors. The role will be embedded on campus with one of our partners, La Trobe University in Melbourne, where you will work closely with the world-leading diamond scientists at La Trobe University and with our Program Management to solve technical challenges and advance joint research projects. The role offers the unique experience of undertaking world-class research in an industry environment with a strong commercial purpose.

Job Summary

  • Develop new methods for STM imaging on diamond to investigate surface chemistry and develop. new STM-based atom-scale fabrication processes for diamond quantum devices.
  • Perform surface characterisation, data analysis and interpretation.
  • Operate ultra-high vacuum scanning tunnelling microscopes.
  • The role may also include development of lithography techniques for diamond surfaces.
  • Work closely with program manager to plan projects and work packages, and keep projects and activities on track. Manage day-to-day activities and support with administrative tasks.
  • Build the company’s STM knowledge database

About You

  • PhD in Surface Science, Physical Chemistry, Condensed Mattery Physics, or similar discipline
  • Strong technical background in STM technique is essential; including at least 3 years hands-on experience in using UHV-STM technique on semiconductors, ideally on diamond, for surface science and surface chemistry
  • Knowledge of lithography techniques, surface electronics and/or diamond quantum technologies is a plus
  • Comfortable working hands-on with complex laboratory equipment. Safety conscious.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and with a range of stakeholders.
  • Experience in technical leadership of projects (e.g., in a publicly funded project or commercial project). Ability to set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to rapidly changing needs.
  • 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
  • Knowledge of quantum technologies is a plus

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 follow-up 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.

If the above seems well aligned and you are looking for a fast-paced, dynamic role in a start-up, we are keen to hear from you!