Junior Quantum Engineer program

Work with senior researchers building real quantum computers, even without a Ph.D.

We’re not only inventing an industry, but training the next generation of experts to lead it. You’ll receive an intensive education in the theory and practice of quantum computing with superconducting qubits, and immediately contribute to our systems and applications. The three-year program can lead to promotion to Quantum Engineer, which is otherwise a post-Ph.D. position.

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JQEs come from diverse technical fields such as physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer science.

Our 2017 JQE class hailed from top universities: Caltech, Harvard, Harvey Mudd, Princeton, Stanford, TU Delft, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UMass Amherst, and Yale. Between them, they had degrees in physics (5), applied physics (2), computer science (2), electrical engineering (2), engineering physics (2), mathematics (2), and astrophysics. Several were double majors. The class included 6 women and 5 men. Thank you to our class of 2017!

Applications for the class of 2018 are closed. Applications for 2019 will open this Fall. 

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Application

2019 applications open in Fall 2018

Full-time

For seniors graduating 2019 or earlier

Intern

For summer before senior year

Life beyond the lab

We balance focus and hard work with a holistic approach to supporting passions, wellness, and life goals. Nutritious meals and snacks, a gym stipend, meditation group, and rock climbing club all help us enjoy being healthy together. And we care about your financial future, too: every employee is an owner in the company’s success with an equity package and opportunity to participate in a 401k.

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Healthcare

We offer quality medical, dental, and vision coverage, as well as life insurance—and we pay 98% and 95% of the healthcare premiums for employees and dependents, respectively.

Flexible PTO

We trust and empower employees to design their lives for their own productivity, and encourage long vacations of 2-3 weeks every year to recharge.

Parental leave

We provide a generous leave policy so all parents can focus on their growing families after births and adoptions.

Jobs

Current openings

  • Recruiter

    People Ops, Full-time in Berkeley, CA

    About the Job

    Rigetti Computing is committed to hiring the best talent in the world, and we are seeking an exceptional Recruiter to join our team. You must have a passion for seeking out talent, connecting with people, and helping them find great opportunities in our innovative, growing company. The talent we seek is spread internationally across industry and academia, and the ideal candidate will be comfortable navigating both arenas.

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  • Controller

    Finance & Supply Chain, Full-time in Berkeley, CA

    About the Job

    As the Controller at Rigetti, you will be responsible for establishing and maintaining the company’s key accounting policies, controls, and business systems. This includes developing new policies, implementing policy procedures, and producing month end financials in accordance with GAAP.

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  • HR Business Partner

    People Ops, Full-time in Berkeley, CA

    About the Job

    As the HR Business Partner at Rigetti, you will help build an optimal workplace for growth and innovation. You will work with every team, at every level of the company—both operational and technical—to design, implement, and measure policies and programs for the development of our people, driving company-wide success.

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  • Senior Embedded Software Engineer

    Hardware Engineering, Full-time in Berkeley, CA

    About the Job

    Come build the world's most powerful computer! As an Embedded Software Engineer on the Rigetti Control Systems team, you will develop firmware for the embedded processors that generate and receive the microwave and analog signals that operate the quantum computer, and you will develop the drivers for the PC software that determines the system operation.  This includes coding purpose-built drivers for custom electronics, working with physicists to develop software for controlling quantum chips, and ensuring nanosecond timing for signal generation. Our engineering team iterates hardware and software rapidly, so your approach to engineering must must be both agile and include a systems level design sensibility. 

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  • Infrastructure Software Engineer

    Information Technology / IT, Full-time in Berkeley, CA

    About the Job

    Rigetti Computing is a full-stack quantum computing company based in Berkeley and Fremont, CA.  The Infrastructure Software Engineer will be responsible for ensuring Rigetti’s quantum computing services are engineered for availability and efficiency. In this role, you will be creating new customer-facing cloud-native software, as well as being a part of a larger team at Rigetti that is creating a world-class, first-of-its-kind hybrid quantum/classical computing service.

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  • Systems / Network Engineer

    Information Technology / IT, Full-time in Berkeley, CA

    About the Job

    As a Systems / Network Engineer, you will work with all facets of Rigetti Computing’s client-server elements and related systems, as well as automation and procedural functions to best support the entire organization. We’re looking for a technical leader, with a broad range of experience, who can help chart the direction of Rigetti’s infrastructure path. This role is for someone who feels just as comfortable in the networking world as they do in the server world. Rigetti Computing is a full-stack quantum computing company based in Berkeley and Fremont, CA. We design and manufacture superconducting quantum integrated circuits. We package and deploy those chips in a low temperature environment, and we build control systems to perform quantum logic operations on them. We build software to integrate our systems directly into existing cloud infrastructure. 

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  • Algorithms & Applications Researcher - Quantum Simulation

    Full-Stack Quantum Engineering, Full-time in Berkeley, CA

    About the Job

    As an Algorithms & Application Researcher at Rigetti Computing, you will research and develop algorithms and applications for our quantum hardware technology. You will work collaboratively with both our internal research and engineering teams as well as external partners and the academic community. We hope you come from a history of high-impact work, but we're flexible on the details — great research comes from mixing a variety of backgrounds and viewpoints. We’re especially passionate about candidates with experience producing great research papers AND great code.

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  • Algorithms & Applications Researcher - Quantum Machine Learning

    Full-Stack Quantum Engineering, Full-time in Berkeley, CA

    About the Job

    As an Algorithms & Application Researcher at Rigetti Computing, you will research and develop algorithms and applications for our quantum hardware technology. You will work collaboratively with both our internal research and engineering teams as well as external partners and the academic community. We hope you bring a history of high-impact work, but we're flexible on the details — great research comes from mixing a variety of backgrounds and viewpoints. We’re especially passionate about candidates with experience producing great research papers AND great code. We will consider two kinds of candidates: researchers with direct experience in quantum algorithms for machine learning, and machine learning researchers with a demonstrable interest in quantum computing and algorithms. Rigetti Computing is a full-stack quantum computing company based in Berkeley and Fremont, CA. We design and manufacture superconducting quantum integrated circuits. We package and deploy those chips in a low temperature environment, and we build control systems to perform quantum logic operations on them. We build software to integrate our systems directly into existing cloud infrastructure. 

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  • Applications Engineer

    Software Engineering, Full-time in Berkeley, CA

    About the Job

    As an Application Engineer at Rigetti Computing, you will work with our users and partners to develop applications for our quantum computers.  You will work collaboratively with both our internal research and engineering teams as well as external partners and the broader community. The ideal candidate will have a combination of technical background and product focus.  We’re especially interested in candidates with a history of great research papers, great code AND who are passionate about empowering the world to use quantum computing. Application Engineers quickly immerse themselves into our customer’s most pressing problems and leverage Rigetti’s Quantum hardware and software - much of it open source - to benchmark and offer new solutions. Projects often start with questions like “What problems can a Quantum Computer solve for us?” or “What do we need in order to prepare for Quantum Computing?” Application Engineers lead the way from high-level problem design to technical implementation and reporting to drive impactful outcomes for our customers. In this role, you will work with a global customer base and gain insights into challenging problems in industries ranging from logistics, health care, and materials design to Artificial Intelligence and more.

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  • Quantum IC Process Integration Engineer

    Fabrication, Full-time in Fremont, CA

    About the Job

    As Quantum IC Process Integration Engineer at Rigetti Computing, you will work on the team that develops and improves the end-to-end design and fabrication process for manufacturing superconducting quantum circuits in our Fab-1 facility. With your physics background, you provide expertise on how process and materials decisions will affect qubit performance and functionality. Working with collaborators in hardware, quantum engineering, and chip design, you plan and execute experiments to answer key fab R&D questions. This is an interdisciplinary role that requires interaction with scientists and engineers across the company, and fluency in a variety of technical topics ranging from circuit quantum electrodynamics to semiconductor manufacturing.

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  • Process Technician / Operator - Process Development & 3D Integration

    Fabrication, Full-time in Fremont, CA

    About the Job

    The Process Tech/Operator for Process Development and 3D Integration at Rigetti will provide process, metrology, and data gathering support for engineers for the development and 3D integration of novel quantum integrated circuits.

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  • Process Technician, Quantum Integrated Circuits

    Fabrication, Full-time in Fremont, CA

    About the Job

    As Process Technician at Rigetti Computing, you will build novel quantum integrated circuits using processes developed in our Fab-1 facility. You will work on the Production Operations team fabricating devices with validated processes, and also provide process, metrology, and data gathering support for engineers in the development.

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  • Senior Software Engineer

    Software Engineering, Full-time in Berkeley, CA

    About the Job

    As Senior Software Engineer working with our Full Stack Quantum Engineering (FSQE) teams you will be responsible for building and maintaining the software used to characterize quantum devices. Working closely with our team of talented physicists you will play a direct role in improving and scaling Rigetti’s quantum computers.

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  • Director of HR

    People Ops, Full-time in Berkeley, CA

    About the Job

    The Director of HR should be a hands-on HR professional who will execute and develop practices and processes across all functional HR areas including recruiting, on-boarding, training and development, employee relations, performance management, compensation and benefits, equity grant programs, and internal communications.

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  • Process Engineer - 3D Integration

    Fabrication, Full-time in Fremont, CA

    About the Job

    The 3D Quantum IC Process Engineer for 3D Integration will be responsible for the development of the various processes associated with the interconnecting circuitry of the 3D components.  You will work closely with module engineering and integration team members Rigetti Fab-1 ( in the areas of metal deposition, Silicon and metal etch, and lithography), and also work in external facilities.  Additionally, you will have the opportunity to work with external process service providers for some of the unique process capabilities, as needed.  

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  • Quantum Systems Engineer

    Full-Stack Quantum Engineering, Full-time in Berkeley, CA

    About the Job

    The Quantum Systems Engineer will be responsible for the maintenance and development of the quantum production device, and will report to our deployment lead. As the person in this role, you will scale the production infrastructure, including qubit bring-up and calibration methods, and share responsibility of sustaining and upgrading the production systems.

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