Staff Technical Program Manager - Quantum Computing

Location: College Park, Maryland

Team: Research & Development

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 staff level technical program manager. As staff level technical program manager, 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. 

In this role, your responsibility is to facilitate the successful execution of research and development projects by overseeing project planning, coordination, risk management, technical oversight, and stakeholder management. Your leadership and expertise will play a crucial role in driving innovation and ensuring the successful development of groundbreaking technologies in the field of quantum computing.



  • Lead and oversee the execution of complex research and development projects from inception to completion, ensuring alignment with project budget, scope, and timelines
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams of physicists, engineers, and researchers to develop and implement technical strategies for advancing quantum computing initiatives
  • Provide programmatic guidance and expertise to the team, supporting problem-solving and decision-making processes to overcome programmatic and technical challenges
  • Manage project budgets, resource allocation, and risk assessment, ensuring projects are delivered on time and within budgetary constraints
  • Act as a key point of contact for stakeholders, maintaining clear communication and reporting on project progress, achievements, and potential roadblocks
  • Drive continuous improvement and innovation in program management methodologies, tools, and processes, for managing complex multivariable projects
  • Develop and maintain project documentation, including technical specifications, project plans, and technical reports, to ensure clarity and transparency throughout the project lifecycle
  • Follow the latest developments in quantum computing and related technologies, utilizing this knowledge to develop project proposals within the organization and support roadmap planning
  • Ability to travel, up to 20% of the time, to support team hardware assembly and to interface with external customers


You’d be a good fit with: 

  • Bachelor's degree in Physics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related technical field. Advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience as a Technical Program Manager, with a proven track record of successfully managing complex projects
  • Strong leadership and communication skills, with the ability to effectively lead cross-functional teams and communicate technical concepts to both technical and non-technical stakeholders
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical abilities, with a keen eye for detail and an innovative mindset
  • Proven ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Familiarity with project management tools and methodologies, such as Git/Hub, Jira/Confluence, MSP, SmartSheet, etc.
  • Passion for quantum computing and the desire to be at the forefront of groundbreaking technological advancements


You’d be a great fit with: 

  • M.S. or Ph.D in physics, mathematics, engineering, computer science or other technical domain; or equivalent experience
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or related certification
  • Working knowledge of quantum computing concepts, principles, and technologies
  • Prior experience transitioning first-of-a-kind prototypes to production products
  • Prior experience leading academic grants and/or federal/government contracts
  • Proficiency in Excel, Python, and/or other data analysis tools for organizing, cleaning, and manipulating data
  • Subject matter expertise in systems engineering or product lifecycle management

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.