Quantum Engineer



At Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) we are building quantum computers to enable life-changing discoveries: from new drug modelling to longer-lasting battery technology and portfolio optimisation. We are developing a cloud based quantum computer service – Quantum Computing as a Service (QCaaS) – to help our customers improve their operations and trailblaze new commercial and scientific approaches. 

Our team is composed of 15 people with various backgrounds in quantum physics, nanotechnologies, rf hardware, FPGA development and software. We are all bound by the desire to put OQC at the forefront of the quantum revolution and build a technology with practical applications in mind.


As an OQC Quantum engineer, you will draw on your previous experience in superconducting circuits during your PhD, post-doctoral or commercial work in this field to develop and measure commercial quantum processors. You will have access to our new purpose-built quantum laboratory where you will be a vital part of the quantum hardware team. Here, you will work closely on multiple and varied projects within our multi-disciplinary team of physicists, nanotechnologists, electrical engineers, software developers, and more towards OQC’s mission of building a quantum computer. 


We work in multi-disciplinary, cross-functional teams to develop and deliver OQC’s R&D Projects. This means that responsibilities can be varied depending on skills across:

  • Design, simulation and measurement of novel superconducting components for quantum processing or quantum processing support infrastructure
  • Scientific analysis of design & processor limitations
  • Regular input into OQCs evolving technology development roadmap
  • Creation and maintenance of process documentation, project plans and reports.
  • Representing OQC in scientific settings such as conferences, as part of collaborative consortia, and through the authorship of publications.


  • A PhD or extensive experience (i.e. 2+ years of postdoc or R&D work) involving measurements of at least one of the following superconducting circuits:
    • Microwave kinetic inductance detectors (MKIDS)
    • Superconducting resonators
    • SQUIDs
    • Superconducting qubits
    • Nano-electromechanical resonators (NEMs)
    • Surface-acoustic wave (SAW) devices
  • Ability to distil and communicate scientific information effectively with the wider team
  • Highly adaptable, good communication and  interpersonal skills
  • Software development experience, particularly in python (or similar languages) for automation of tasks required for research.
  • Familiar with experimental laboratory work in an academic or commercial setting:
    • Sample preparation, handling and installation within cryogenic enclosures
    • Specification, maintenance and installation of rf and/or dc wiring
    • Operation and maintenance of cryogenic and vacuum systems.
    • Remote operation and automation of low-noise measurements 


  • Experience in the use and/or development of classical microwave frequency hardware and/or low latency digital processing systems
  • Capability and eagerness to learn independently about new subject area(s) and underlying technologies
  • Familiar with safe working practices with both cryogenic and high-vacuum systems
  • Scientific publication/presentation of results, whether in person or in writing, especially within the field of superconducting circuits.


OQC’s office and quantum laboratory are located in Reading. There will be a requirement for occasional travel throughout the UK and elsewhere abroad for conferences, meetings and engineering visits. 


Attractive remuneration based on experience.



Send us a cover letter and resume at careers@oxfordquantumcircuits.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

About Oxford Quantum Circuits

At OQC we are not just hoping you’ll fit in our culture. We aspire to thrive, as a company and as people, thanks to your diversity of thought and background. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to providing our team members with a work environment free from discrimination, where everyone is treated with respect. Our employment decisions are based on business needs, talent and merit and all our colleagues share in the responsibility for fulfilling our commitment to diversity. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, or if you think we can do better with our recruitment process, please contact us at careers@oxfordquantumcircuits.com

We’d love to hear from you!