Introducing IonQ Forte, The First Software-Configurable Quantum Computer

Learn more about our latest system

Senior Microfabrication Validation Engineer

Location: College Park, Maryland

Team: Integrated Devices

Type: Full-Time

IonQ is developing the world's most powerful full-stack quantum computer based on trapped-ion technology. We are pushing past the limits of classical physics and current supercomputing technology to unlock a new era of computing. Quantum computing has the potential to impact every area of human society for the better. IonQ’s computers will soon redefine industries like medicine, materials science, finance, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cryptography, and more. IonQ is at the forefront of this technological revolution.


We are looking for a Senior Microfabrication Validation Engineer to join our Integrated Devices team. As a Validation Engineer, you’ll be part of a cross-functional team whose mission is to lead IonQ on its journey to build the world’s best quantum computers to solve the world’s most complex problems.  You will be the technical lead to validate ion-trap hardware. In this role, you will characterize and validate ion-trap hardware including micro-fabricated devices and package assemblies to provide essential feedback to design and fabrication teams.  This includes validation of requirements for electrical, thermal, mechanical, and optical systems. 


  • Lead the design, build, and operation of electronic, mechanical, thermal, and optical testing infrastructure supporting validation of micro-fabricated devices and package assemblies
  • Perform detailed measurements, analyze and organize data, and present and discuss results with teammates for feedback to design and fabrication
  • Develop procedures and protocols to validate requirements of microfabricated devices
  • Own and maintain cleanroom metrology and testing and associated tools
  • Work within a team of micro-fabrication engineers, IC and PIC designers, and quantum computing physicists to improve device and device-assembly characterization, metrology, and packaging

You’d be a good fit with: 

  • Bachelors or higher in Engineering or Physics
  • 5+ years of experience with hands-on electrical, thermal, mechanical, and/or optical characterization of micro or nano-fabricated devices and package assemblies
  • 5+ years of experience working with design and/or systems engineering teams on product validation efforts
  • Experience building custom testbeds and developing custom device test procedures to support requirements validation and verification
  • Experience working in cleanrooms and microfabrication
  • Strong data analysis, visualization, and organizational skills
  • Programming skills (e.g., Python) for hardware control/automation and data analysis
  • Experience using fabrication device and materials analysis tools and techniques, such as SEM, TEM, XPS, SIMS, EDS, Profilometry

You’d be a great fit with: 

  • Ph.D. or higher in Engineering or Physics
  • 2+ years of experience leading technical projects focused on micro or nano-fabricated device validation and development
  • 2+ years of experience in industry leading design and/or validation efforts supporting customer deliveries
  • Experience working with ultra-high-vacuum (UHV) assemblies
  • Experience with cryogenics
  • Experience using 3D CAD tools (e.g., Solidworks)
  • Experience with failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA)

Our HQ is located in College Park, Maryland and we are a 15 minute metro ride from Washington DC. We are actively building out teams in the Washington D.C., Seattle, and Boston metro areas and will want to locate you in one of these geographies. However, IonQ will be expanding into additional geographies both domestically and internationally so don’t let this stop you from applying.
At IonQ, we believe in fair treatment, access, opportunity and advancement for all, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers. We empower employees to thrive by fostering a culture of autonomy, productivity, and respect. We are dedicated to creating an environment  in which any individual can feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued.
We are committed to equity and justice. We welcome different voices and viewpoints and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, sexual orientation, and military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
If you are interested in being a part of this team and mission, we encourage you to apply.

IonQ Covid-19 Policy: IonQ requires all employees to provide proof of full vaccination for Covid-19 before starting employment.