Electronics Engineer in Quantum Device Engineering Ref 2566

School/department: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Hours: full time
Contract: fixed term for 18 months, with possibility of becoming a permanent role
Reference: 2566
Salary: starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,833 per annum
Placed on: 27 November 2017
Closing date:  4 January 2018.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description

Applications are invited for an Electronics Engineer in the Ion Quantum Technology Group which is part of the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies at the University of Sussex. The position is part of the UK National Quantum Technologies programme. The Ion Quantum Technology Group is one of the world’s leading centres for the implementation of trapped-ion quantum technologies such as quantum computing, quantum simulation and quantum sensing. The group has collaborations with multiple leading industry players as well as with universities and other research facilities around the world.

The successful development of quantum technologies is set to revolutionise the world we live in. Specially developed electronic sub-systems are a core part of these technologies and are currently being developed at the Ion Quantum Technology group as part of their major effort to construct a prototype quantum computer. The successful applicant will work as part of a team and in collaboration with external industry partners to design, build and test core sub-systems which will be used to control various parts of the quantum computer. Furthermore, the successful applicant will work with our industry partners to transform these systems into marketable products.

Key responsibilities:

  • Formulate and analyse high level requirements to develop engineering solutions.
  • Prepare system level designs for new product developments.
  • Create detailed engineering work plans and requirements/specifications.
  • Provide detailed electrical & electronic engineering designs to meet project requirements directly, or, via others, and meet project timescales.
  • Ensure that designs are properly verified according to engineering procedures and comply with relevant regulatory standards.
  • Build and test prototypes and assist in the development of marketable products.

Key relevant skills and knowledge:

  • Normally educated in Electronics Engineering or equivalent. A PhD is not required.
  • Experience in electronic/electrical engineering.
  • Experience developing rf based electronic circuits.
  • Experience in the development of ultra-stable electronic circuits.
  • Experience in designing IC’s.
  • Experience in the designing and making of PCB’s.
  • Able to develop prototypes and concepts.
  • Good understanding of general engineering, design and assessment practices.
  • Competent with test equipment.
  • A hands-on and highly motivated engineer.
  • Works effectively as part of a team.
  • Ability to engage and network with a wide range of stakeholders.

Please refer to the more detailed job description and person specification document for more details. The salary offered will be appropriate to the qualifications, standing and experience of the successful candidate.

The position is located on the beautiful University of Sussex campus just outside of Brighton. The city of Brighton & Hove has everything - sun, sea, brilliant clubs, great places to eat, fabulous shops, a truly cosmopolitan vibe and is located only 50min from central London. Located on the beach, Brighton boasts beautiful seaside views and beaches, boating, sports and beach activities. The South Downs provide breath-taking views, tranquil walks and plenty of opportunities for mountain biking, hiking or picnics.

A popular science lecture given by Prof. Hensinger explaining the principles of quantum computing at the US Department of Energy can be found here.

Some recent media coverage about the group’s work can be found here:

The supercomputer of the future? BBC NEWS

BBC Radio 4 Today

Quantum computing breakthrough: UK scientists develop technique to greatly simplify trapped ions International Business Times


New Scientist

You can find out more about the group at:


For more information about this post, please email

Dr Sebastian Weidt


Download job description and person specification Ref 2566 [PDF 106.16KB]

How to apply

Download our academic post application form [DOC 301.50KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to mpsrecruitment@sussex.ac.uk

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You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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