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Optical Engineer

Location: College Park, Maryland

Team: Production Engineering

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’re proudly supported by high-quality investors like GV (Google Ventures), New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Amazon, Samsung, Bosch, HP, Airbus, and more.

We are looking for an Optical Engineer. As an Optical 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. 


  • Work closely with Staff optical and opto-mechanical engineers to align and build very complex and ultra high precision beam shaping and steering optics,and optical modules that incorporate components such as complex lenses, waveplates, and acousto-optics modulators
  • Design, test, and build laser beam optics such as collimators, focusing lenses, objectives and eyepieces
  • Test transmission, beam divergence, EFL, etc of various types of optics
  • Work on projects from concept development and bring them to completion at the product delivery stage, including initial debugging and sustaining efforts side by side with the manufacturing team

You’d be a good fit with: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Optical Sciences or Optical Engineering
  • Strong foundation in optical engineering fundamentals and principles
  • Demonstrated experience working in optics labs.  Experience in aligning lenses, mirrors, prisms, and optical and opto-mechanical components on an optical breadboard 
  • Experience working with PMTs, CMOS, or CCD cameras
  • Experience working with lab equipment such as interferometers, auto-correlators, or similar
  • Good foundation in gaussian beam propagation
  • 1-2  years experience doing optical design using Zemax or similar

You’d be a great fit with: 

  • Expertise in Solid Works and OnShape
  • Experience with cryogenic systems
  • Experience with high precision motion devices (e.g. piezos, flexures)
  • Experience working with Trioptics, Zygo interferometer, or similar systems

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.

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