Senior Technologist: Satellite Quantum Communications
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, CA
3d ago

The Senior Technologist : Satellite Quantum Communication is a professional-level staff position. The incumbent will be a member of the Quantum Photonics Laboratory at the Institute for Quantum Computing.

The position is primarily responsible for supporting system design, analysis, and implementation related to the Quantum Encryption and Science Satellite (QEYSSat) and the Quantum Optical Ground Station (QOGS).

This role is contingent on funding.


System Design, Build and Validation

  • Co-Lead (along with the PI) the design, build and validation of space and ground segment equipment related to satellite-based quantum communication experiments / missions
  • Co-Lead (along with the PI) the design, build and validation of lab test equipment and setups related to the above
  • Help formulate strategies and establish new technology capabilities and programs in the quantum science arena and related applications
  • Perform breadboarding / prototyping of novel designs for early risk retirement and future developments
  • Participate in testing / validation campaigns at outside labs (e.g. environmental test labs, radiation test facilities etc)
  • Communication and Reporting

  • Communicate with internal (QPL, IQC, UW) and external stakeholders concerning status reporting, issue resolution, decision-making and other topics
  • Take on role of subject matter expert for technical / scientific operations of the group concerning satellite quantum communications
  • Document work in technical notes, status reports, planning documents, policies and procedures
  • Create and deliver presentations / talks / papers as requested
  • Lab Operations

  • Effectively organize contents, layout and inventory of laboratory
  • Advise PI regarding laboratory status and needs related to infrastructure, equipment, scheduling, controls, safety, security and policies / best practices
  • Provide inputs to project plans as pertains to lab operations
  • Provide budgetary inputs to PI as requested
  • Leadership / Mentoring

  • Assist junior group members (primarily students) with technical and scientific guidance
  • Advise PI on selection of potential new group members
  • Review and help edit scientific papers as requested
  • Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Physics or Engineering with focus on electro-optics
  • Prefer Masters or PhD degree in relevant field
  • Minimum 6 years’ experience in a working optics lab
  • Prefer working knowledge of quantum optics
  • Broad and deep knowledge in quantum communications, quantum computing, foundation of quantum mechanics, optics, photonics, and related theoretical and experimental skills
  • Extensive understanding and wide application of principles, theories, concepts and techniques in quantum phenomena, communication techniques, applied science and engineering
  • Extensive knowledge of applicable academic practices and standards in both theoretical and experimental quantum mechanics, photonics, and fundamental physics.
  • Interest in taking leadership / mentoring role in a multifunctional and / or multidisciplinary team for a project, activity, or function
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems in the research arena
  • Must obtain satisfactory Controlled Goods Program (CGP) security assessment and Reliability status through UW when hired
  • Desired qualifications include :
  • Established track record in research and development in areas including quantum communications, quantum computing systems, nonlinear optics, or photonics devices.

    Direct experience in developing quantum entanglement sources, quantum cryptography methods, and experiments in testing the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics

  • Some travel required (mostly within Canada)
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