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Ion Trap Engineer



Hamburg, Germany
Posted on Thursday, February 29, 2024

eleQtron develops and operates full-stack quantum computers based on trapped-ion technology. Quantum computing is a new computing paradigm rapidly approaching commercial viability. Our unique approach combines laser-cooled trapped ions with microwave control and tailored magnetic fields. Our next-generation computing machines under development will be able to find solutions to problems that are out of reach today, thus enabling new innovative products and services for a brighter future.

We are looking for an Ion Trap Engineer (Ion trap operator).


You will be part of a team with a mission to develop, set up and operate our trapped-ion quantum computers and relevant test devices. You will collaborate closely with our international team of physicists and engineers from different disciplines. Depending on your level of experience, you will work on one or more of the following tasks:

  • Operate our quantum computers based on trapped ions
  • Perform experiments in a laboratory environment and apply the results to the development of a mature product
  • Assemble ion trap quantum computer hardware
  • Characterize ion trap quantum computers with state-of-the-art experiments and measurement techniques in a laboratory environment
  • Analyze and optimize the performance of our quantum computers
  • Participate in hands-on R&D work

Required skills:

  • Master’s degree in engineering, physics, applied physics, physical chemistry, or other related fields (or demonstrated experience)
  • Experience in atomic, molecular, and optical physics experiments (lasers, laser cooling, laser spectroscopy, optics, microwaves, vacuum systems)
  • You can fluently communicate and write in English
  • You are creative and enjoy working in a multicultural and interdisciplinary team

We Value:

  • Communication skills in German would be desirable
  • Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas: linear and nonlinear optics, photonics, high frequency electronics, cryogenics, ultra-high vacuum systems, atomic physics, opto-electronics, electrodynamics, and/or lasers
  • PhD. preferred
  • Hand-on experiences of operating other quantum computing platforms (superconducting qubits, spin qubits, NV center systems, photonics, etc.)
  • Independent mindset, readiness to learn and to apply new software and hardware skills

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Competitive salary: We value our team members and therefore provide remunerations that reflect this, additionally rewarding achievements.
  • Employee participation: Our team can share in the company’s success through an attractive Virtual Stock Option Plan (VSOP).
  • Flexible working hours: We offer personal freedom through a variety of flexible work schedules.
  • Team spirit: In our international and diverse team, and with our regular team events, having fun at work is simply part of the game.
  • Further development: We want to grow together and so we offer our team members’ needs-based, individualized further training as well as plenty of room for personal development.
  • Wellness Package: We offer health-promoting benefits such as fitness programs like UrbanSportsClub and EGYM Wellpass to support your well-being.
  • Moving Benefits: A warm welcome! We are happy to support employees who move for us with a bonus.
  • Ph.D. on the Job: Work energetically and earn your doctorate on the side? We make it possible.
  • At the forefront: Work at the forefront of technology, where academic research meets commercial applications.
  • Modern workplace: We have a high-quality infrastructure with laboratory space, offices, and meeting rooms.

What you can expect from eleQtron:

  • eleQtron is a young startup with a unique and flexible working style through our adoption of the agile methodology. We encourage our team to think outside the box and provide access to high quality infrastructure, lab space, offices, and meeting rooms. We strive for an open atmosphere in which developing and commercializing world leading ion-trap-based quantum computers is not only possible, but fun.
  • As a young organization, eleQtron has a flat hierarchy which provides excellent opportunities for self-development and room for growth. Our employees have a high degree of freedom and encouragement to contribute ideas and strategies.

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