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Superconducting Hardware Technology Development Manager

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is looking to recruit a Superconducting Hardware Technology Development Manager

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 15 Feb 2021
  • United Kingdom | Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
  • Date posted: 21 Jan 2021
  • Job type: Government/Public sector
  • Disciplines: Electronics & semiconductors  | Computational science & software engineering 

Superconducting Hardware Technology Development Manager
National Quantum Computing Centre, Oxfordshire
Between £49,708 – £55,231
Open ended

About us

As part of the UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is leading a Programme to establish a National Quantum Computing Centre, which includes a commitment of £93m over five years, dedicated to drive development in the field of Quantum Computing and to place the UK at the forefront of the field. The Centre is a joint initiative of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

A purpose-built National Quantum Computing Centre will be built and operated by UKRI at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) campus in Oxfordshire. The Centre will be open and operational by December 2022. Until then, the NQCC’s activities are taking place in other facilities on the Harwell Campus or at partnering institutions. The NQCC will sit alongside other departments within the STFC National Laboratories and will be part of the broader National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP).

The NQCC’s initial five years will focus on developing a Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ) machine to demonstrate the technology as well as software, algorithm and applications development. The longer-term aim is to scale the technology towards an error and noise free fault tolerant machine capability with benchmarking and verification demonstrated in collaboration with UK and international partners. The NQCC will give assured and direct access to early prototype machines to developers and promote the formation of a strong UK-based quantum computing supply chain.

About the role

We are recruiting a new role for an experienced Superconducting Hardware Technology Development Manager with extensive systems engineering and team management experience coupled with technical expertise in a relevant aspect of quantum computing to support the delivery of the NQCC core objectives.

You will work alongside the Operations and Research Directors to lead a variety of challenging science and engineering projects, utilizing and enhancing your skills in qubit hardware and systems architecture, design and implementation, to develop scalable, flexible and robust quantum computing assets that meet the goals of the NQCC enabling the delivery of scalable quantum computing capabilities against the technology roadmap.

Key projects will include hardware stabilization, high performance logical qubit development, scalable qubit architecture design, error mitigation and benchmarking and verification protocols.

The role will include:

  • Defining high performance physical and logical superconducting qubit design and architectures.
  • Developing scaling strategies and designs.
  • Understanding materials performance and device characteristics to drive improved long-term qubit performance.
  • Input into software and control architecture to enable a variety of hardware platforms and applications to be developed.
  • Working closely with colleagues across the Centre to implement the architecture and deploy services.
  • Defining work plans for NQCC projects.
  • Mentoring members of the team to promote best practice across the NQCC.
  • Line management duties.

About you

Essential criteria

  • Candidates should have and significant knowledge of superconducting qubit device and control architectures and a high level of technical expertise in quantum computing.
  • Educated to PhD level or equivalent in a Physics, Computer Science or Engineering related discipline or similar equivalent experience.
  • You will have demonstrable experience in several of the following:
    – Superconducting device development
    – RF electronics and electronic circuit design
    – RF control
    – Qubit design and development
    – Superconducting device scaling
    – Cryo-electronics
    – Cryogenic systems
    – Device benchmarking and verification
  • Familiar with a range of professional tools and methods related to programme delivery.
  • Experience in development and test of superconducting qubit devices.
  • Knowledge of scaling, control and quantum computing hardware methodologies.


  • Project delivery within an ISO9001 QMS.
  • Understanding of high-performance computing and/or relevant related technologies.
  • Use and development of Product Lifecycle Management systems.
  • Risk analysis.
  • Health, safety and environment.
  • Familiarity with UKRI policies and procedures.

The successful candidate would need to be available to travel/work within the UK and overseas, when required.

How to apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 15 February 2021.


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