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
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
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)