Quantum Applications and Solutions Scientist


College Park, MD, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Life Sciences R&D/Engineering
  • Post Date: 02/24/2021
  • Website: ionq.co
  • Company Address: 4505 Campus Drive, College Park, MD, 20740

About IonQ

IonQ is developing world-leading general-purpose quantum information processors. Our unique trapped-ion approach combines unmatched physical performance, perfect qubit replication, optical networkability, and highly-optimized algorithms to create a quantum computer that is as scalable as it is powerful, and that will support a broad array of applications across a variety of industries.

Job Description

IonQ is looking for a quantum applications scientist to develop novel ways to use our state-of-the-art trapped-ion quantum computers to efficiently solve the world’s most difficult problems. You will work closely with quantum circuit compilation experts, quantum system experts and external partners of IonQ to identify pathfinder quantum algorithms and implement them on our digital, fully programmable quantum computers. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, self-directed, and innovative, with a great attitude and work ethic.


We're looking for researchers who bring fresh ideas from a number of areas, including theoretical physics, information theory, computational complexity, artificial intelligence, and scientific computing. As an Applications Scientist, you’ll help enable customers to leverage the power of our quantum computers, with opportunities to switch projects as you and our fast-paced business grow and evolve. We need our researchers to be versatile, display leadership qualities and be enthusiastic to take on new problems across application areas as we continue to push quantum technology forward.


IonQ reflects the globally diverse audience that our technology serves. We believe that in addition to hiring the best talent, a diversity of perspectives, ideas, and cultures leads to the creation of better products and services.


IonQ is and always will be a company with a world class R&D effort. We hire people with a broad set of technical skills who are ready to take on some of humanity’s greatest challenges and make an impact on millions, if not billions, of users.



Our headquarters are in College Park, MD with future plans to start a Seattle office. Due to the pandemic, for the foreseeable future, you may work from anywhere. 



You will be part of an R&D team that will drive the adoption of our quantum computers to solve the world’s most computationally challenging problems.



  • Identifying and developing quantum algorithms that promise quantum advantages in practice and at scale
  • Developing quantum circuits that implement quantum algorithms in close collaboration with quantum compiler experts and quantum system experts
  • Communicating and collaborating with external partners of IonQ to help determine and solve problems of interest that leverage IonQ’s quantum computers
  • Contributing to software toolchains that help widen IonQ’s quantum computer user base



  • Doctorate degree in Physics, Computer Science or relevant field, or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated experience in quantum information science
  • Proven communication skills and quick learning capability
  • Success working collaboratively in a team environment



  • Working knowledge of Python or C++
  • Working knowledge of Linux

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