Technical Scientist at Argonne Quantum Foundry

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne, IL

Job posting number: #7116245 (Ref:414425)

Posted: November 15, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The newly established Q-NEXT quantum center at Argonne National Lab (ANL) is looking for candidates to fill a technical staff position to help support the Argonne Quantum Foundry – a state-of-the-art materials synthesis and fabrication facility for quantum information science (QIS). A successful candidate will be part of a dynamic team working with a group of scientists from Argonne, University of Chicago, and throughout the Q-NEXT partnership (academic, industry, and national labs), using their skills to aide in tool installation and operation, technical and integrated systems development, process optimization, and database management to support a wide range of quantum information research endeavors. The candidate will also be expected to work with and train students, technologists, and other personnel on a variety of tasks in support of the broader Q-NEXT Argonne Quantum Foundry mission. Additionally, the candidate will be encouraged to pursue their own technical directions including process development, automation, and interfacing to progress the scientific missions within the Q-NEXT center. This position is amenable to evolve into a more research focused position as the nature of the candidate’s responsibilities evolve with the foundry’s needs.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support the design, installation, operation, maintenance, and optimization of lab-critical infrastructure.
  • Help develop novel and optimize existing synthesis, fabrication, and characterization processes for QIS materials.
  • Contribute to the ongoing efforts to provide a safe and inclusive work environment for all.  This will include involvement in the ongoing workforce development initiatives, including mentorship opportunities.
  • Collaborate with other scientists within Q-NEXT and more broadly with scientists at Argonne, including graduate and post-doctoral students from institutions within Q-NEXT and various other research groups involved. 
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the technological tools as well as maintain developments in the field and related processes that can be used to contribute to the technological success of ongoing Q-NEXT projects.
  • Participate in maintaining technical reports and other documents associated with the operation of lab equipment, along with reports on experimental progress, technical developments, and new initiatives.

Position Requirements

  • Knowledge and experience of laboratory technical facilities, building infrastructure, and scientific/technical tool maintenance.
  • Design skills with experience designing gas manifolds, vacuum systems, cooling water systems, cryogenic sample mounting, electronics / circuits, and device integration and hookup.
  • Experience with integrated code sets for experimental optoelectronic hardware integration and optimization.
  • Knowledge and experience of vacuum (UHV) systems, gas handling, exhausts / vents, and electrical.
  • Demonstrated skill in written and oral communication.
  • Experience collaborating with others and the ability to work with a team in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Experience with material synthesis (growth) tools, nano-fabrication (clean room), process development in a scientific and research environment is desirable.
  • Experience with microwave electronics, small printed circuit boards, electrical engineering design, and other electronics is preferred.
  • Ability to work normal daytime work hours at the Argonne site.  Occasional travel and some overtime may be required.
  • Ability to work independently and without constant direction in the performance of routine tasks.

Minimum Education / Experience Requirements:

  • PT3 Level:  Academic background in Physics, Applied physics, Electrical engineering, or related engineering field.  For Bachelors/Masters level, at least 4+ years of experience with materials synthesis, or opto-electronic laboratory environments (or equivalent). For PhD level, at least 2+ years of experience with materials synthesis, or opto-electronic laboratory environments (or equivalent).  Lab management experience is preferred.

Job Family

Professional Technical (PT)

Job Profile

Facilities Engineering 3

Worker Type

Regular

Time Type

Full time

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Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne,Illinois
United States
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