System Operator - Quantum Platform (Basel, Switzerland)

Location: Basel, Switzerland

Team: Quantum Platform

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.


Location: Basel, Switzerland (Frequent travel to Seattle, Washington and College Park, Maryland)

We’re looking for a System Operations Engineer. You’ll be part of a cross-functional team whose mission is to operate and improve IonQ’s industry-leading trapped ion quantum computers. In the first three months on the job, you’d be learning how to maintain our quantum computers’ hardware and software. Recent graduates in physics and related fields are encouraged to apply; we will train you in quantum computer maintenance and operation! Because our quantum computers are located in the US, this is a remote role in which you’d be working primarily from home with some travel for training. 



  • Ensure high uptime and performance of our commercial quantum computers, through maintenance, monitoring, and engineering of state-of-the-art quantum computers
  • Automate capabilities to optimize system performance
  • Work collaboratively with physicists and engineers to build tools and technologies that improve the performance of present and future commercial systems
  • Participate in follow-the-sun on-call rotations to keep our systems running at peak performance

You’d be a good fit with:

  • Bachelors or Masters degree in physics, engineering, or another physical science
  • A love of physics and quantum physics in particular
  • Proficient programming expertise in a general-purpose programming language
  • Formal training or education in statistics
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and a collaborative mindset

You’d be a great fit with:


  • PhD in physics, engineering, or another physical science
  • 1+ year laboratory experience in atomic and/or optical physics
  • Hands on experience with optical alignments, laser stabilization, and/or AOMs
  • Deep experience with Javascript or Python
  • A background in data analysis, data science, or machine learning


We encourage you to apply if you think you’d be great at this role! 

This contract position will be employed in Switzerland through IonQ's third-party partner. The position will be paid competitive remuneration including base salary, annual discretionary performance bonus, and benefits aligned to the local jurisdiction through that third-party partner.

Our HQ is located in College Park, Maryland and we are a 15 minute metro ride from Washington DC. We have also recently announced our new manufacturing and production facility in the Seattle, Washington area. We are actively building out teams in the Washington D.C., Seattle, Boston and Toronto 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.