Quantum Optical Scientist / Engineer

Sheffield, South Yorkshire
19 Nov 2021
19 Dec 2021


The company

Aegiq is an award-winning start-up with a mission to move the world's information resources into the quantum era. We are developing high-performance systems which utilise our proprietary sources of quantum light and hybrid photonic platforms to deliver new capabilities in quantum security and information processing. Aegiq are backed by leading venture capital funds and are expanding the team to bring our pioneering products to market.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant start-up at an early stage of the company’s development and can professionally develop in tandem with the growth of the business. You will be a highly motivated expert in your area and looking to deliver revolutionary change in technological capabilities by bringing quantum photonic solutions to market.

Role and Responsibilities

We are recruiting an expert in experimental quantum optics to work within our technical team, to take a leading role in the development of our quantum photonics platform. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in quantum optics or a directly related field and have demonstrated examples of flair in this field. Candidates with expertise in the development of quantum sources of light, quantum key distribution and quantum photonic information processing are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will have responsibilities across multiple projects within the business. This includes a leading role in the development of our iSPS® technology based on deterministic quantum light sources with plug-and-play operation, alongside the development of a quantum communication and quantum photonic integrated circuits based on this technology.


We are looking for range of experiences and do not expect candidates to be experienced in all areas.

  • Experimental PhD in quantum optics or closely related area
  • Strong track record of success in a research environment evidenced through a strong publication or patent record
  • Experience in quantum optical characterisation of quantum light sources (purity, indistinguishability, second order autocorrelation)
  • Prototyping and testing of nanophotonic devices
  • Proven ability to design complex optical systems, collect, analyse and interpret experimental data.
  • Strong knowledge of physics of single photon emitters in III-V compound semiconductors, 2D-materials or other colour centres
  • Experience in the design, simulation (FDTD) and testing of nanophotonic structures
  • Experience in a commercial setting and industrial R&D
  • Highly motivated self-starter with exceptional organisational skills
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced team environment


  • 25 days annual leave and UK bank holidays
  • Auto-enrolment pension scheme
  • Flexible and family friendly-working hour options
  • Cycle to work and other benefits
  • Highly competitive salary and company share options