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Quantum Applications Engineer in Analog Quantum Computing

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Didcot, UK
£39748 - £44166 per annum
Closing date
11 Jun 2023

Job Details

Analog Applications Engineer- Quantum Computing

Salary: £39,748-£44,166 (Band E) gross per annum dependent on experience*

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours: Full Time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)

Location: Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire, UK

Visa Sponsorship: We are able to sponsor Visa applications, reimburse application fees, and encourage international candidates to apply. A relocation package may be available.

*Specialist Allowances, which are a form of additional pay independent of salary, may be applicable for this role for suitably qualified candidates.

Come and rediscover your passion for quantum computing. Promote sustainability and create new knowledge. And, alongside world-leading scientists and technologists, shape projects that improve lives and daily life, in the UK and far beyond.

Put Simply, come and discover the impact you can make when you're equipped, encouraged, and inspired to perform to your very best.

Who are we?

The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is a new research institution, funded through UK Research and Innovation, which is dedicated to accelerating the development of quantum computing by addressing the challenges of scaling up the technology. The Centre will work with businesses, government and the research community to deliver quantum computing capabilities for the UK and support the growth of the emerging industry. The NQCC will give assured and direct access to early prototype machines for developers and promote the formation of a strong UK-based quantum computing supply chain.

A purpose-built facility for the NQCC, which is due to open in 2023, will be located at Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire.. The NQCC will sit alongside other departments within the STFC National Laboratories and is part of the wider National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP). The NQCC is a joint initiative of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

What's the purpose of this role?We are recruiting for an analog applications and benchmarking specialist to work with the latest neutral atomic and photonic NISQ hardware, supporting NQCC core objectives to develop, deliver and leverage these emerging technologies.

You will benchmark next generation analog quantum computing hardware, discovering new applications, and driving the UK quantum computing ecosystem toward quantum advantage. You will interface directly with hardware specialists within NQCC to assess the performance of the latest analog hardware and to bring reliable, cutting-edge analog applications within reach of UK end users.

You will develop and test scalable end-user applications for analog quantum computing in the NISQ era and beyond. Acting as an advocate for analog QC as an emerging technology in the UK, you will attend relevant national/International meetings as required.

What experience do I need?

We offer significant development opportunities at the NQCC, but as a starting point you should be able to demonstrate some of the following;

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent relevant experience in physics or a related field
  • Experience with analog quantum computing. (Experience of working with quantum algorithms is acceptable at partial credit)
  • Experience of using relevant quantum programming languages to program quantum computers (real or emulated)
  • Experience working in a R&D or laboratory environment
  • Demonstrable track record of research in the field, which may include peer-reviewed publications

You would need to be available to occasionally travel/work within the UK and overseas when required.


Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits including a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.

What could you achieve with the world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe's largest research organisations by your side?

Join us and discover what's possible!


STFC imageAt the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), research is driven by practical applications and a curiosity to create a world-leading hub of scientific and engineering excellence. Our science and facilities enable researchers to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the universe. Success typically requires long-term strategic investment, international collaboration on a global scale and the capability to push the limits of technology and engineering. To remain internationally competitive in our areas of science and to keep our facilities at the leading edge, we have to develop bespoke technology that cannot be reliably sourced on the open market, for example in detectors and instrumentation, accelerators, specialist engineering, optics and e-infrastructure. These technologies are often also applied to address broader societal and industrial challenges and we actively promote their translation and commercialization.

Why work for us
When you join STFC, you become a key part of one of Europe’s largest research organizations. We are trusted to support, enable, and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields that you could be a part of. With access to our world-class facilities, people like you are helping us to drive ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology.

  • The Particle Physics Department (PPD) is one of the largest particle physics groups in the UK. We design, construct and operate some of the most sensitive scientific instruments in the world, collaborating with partners in academia, industry and international laboratories such as CERN. We currently work with the ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, DUNE, Hyper-K, T2K, MICE, Lux-Zeplin, DEAP-3600, CERN RD50, Electron Ion Collider and AION collaborations.
  • The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is a £93m UKRI investment over five years based at the Harwell Campus. This is a strategic element within the overall £1bn, 10-year investment into quantum technologies made by the UK since 2014.

Our benefits

  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days.
  • Flexible or hybrid working may be available dependent on role.
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%).
  • Sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym.

For more information on all of our employee benefits, visit

Who we are looking for
The UK has a world-class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the World Wide Web. Therefore it is vital for us to have the best people at all levels throughout UKRI. We want to continue to attract a mix of talented professionals, scientists and engineers.


Number of employees
STFC has 2594 staff members across the UK and UKRI has approx. 8000

Main areas of research
Our work encompasses everything from the physical, biological and social
sciences, to innovation, engineering, medicine, the environment, as well as arts and the humanities

Positions recently recruited for
Electronic engineers, data scientists, research associates CMS/DUNE, research associate on electron ion collider (EiC), ion trap physicists

Desired degree disciplines/class
A STEM degree

How to apply
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Closing date
All year round

Quantum physics and computing vacancies: E-mail
Particle physics vacancies: E-mail

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