Senior Optical Systems Engineer


Palo Alto, CA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: IT
  • Post Date: 05/15/2024
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  • Company Address: 700 Hansen Way, Palo Alto, California 94304, US

About PsiQuantum

Quantum computing will be a world-changing technology with the potential to unlock powerful advances in medicine, energy, finance and beyond. At PsiQuantum, we’re focused on building the world’s first useful quantum computer.

Job Description

PsiQuantum is on a mission to build the world’s first utility-scale, 1 million-plus qubit quantum computer, powered by breakthroughs in silicon photonics and quantum architecture. We were founded in 2015 by the world’s foremost experts in photonic quantum computing and have assembled a world class team dedicated to bringing the world-changing benefits of quantum computing into reality.

Quantum computing is anticipated to unlock the solutions to otherwise impossible computational tasks, with impact across science, technology, and business. By harnessing the laws of quantum physics, quantum computers are expected to dramatically outperform even the most powerful existing (or future) supercomputers and offer the potential to enable extraordinary advances across a broad range of applications including climate, energy, healthcare, finance, agriculture, transportation, materials design, and more, as well as deliver entirely new industries.

PsiQuantum is uniquely positioned to deliver on the promise of quantum computing. We have already demonstrated that it’s possible to manufacture core quantum components using the standard and scalable manufacturing processes of a world-leading semiconductor fab.

Our team is working across the full stack of quantum computing, from hardware design, manufacturing, and packaging through to quantum architecture and quantum algorithms. We’re a highly integrated, collaborative group and love tackling problems that span across interfaces.

There’s more work to be done and we are looking for exceptional talent to join us on this extraordinary journey!

Job Summary:

The Senior Optical Systems Engineer is a hands-on role which drives and supports design and execution of optical systems. This role is responsible for developing, validating and supporting electro-optical system designs for the purpose of putting complete working systems together.


  • Sub-system design including integration of optics, electronics, firmware, software and thermal design.
  • Develop and document requirements for system level behaviors.
  • Drive experimental protocol development and documentation effort.
  • Work with vendors to procure and evaluate advanced fiber optic components, and qualify such components for use quantum computing applications.
  • Work with cross-functional teams to execute debug tests for software and hardware control systems.
  • Python scripting, calling Controls SW APIs / drivers to control lab equipment and proprietary systems.
  • Write and maintain documentation of system performance.
  • Work with architecture, design and experimental teams to clearly outline requirements for next generation control systems.  Lead the design, development, and qualification of control systems to meet these requirements.

Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • B.Sc in Physics, Optical or Electrical Engineering with 4+ years industry experience.
  • M.S. or PhD in Physics, Optical or Electrical Engineering with 2+ years industry experience.
  • 4-years experience validating and testing optical systems.
  • Experience working with fiber optics.
  • Experience working with optical test equipment including power meters, optical backscatter reflectometers (OBR), optical spectrum analyzer (OSA).
  • Experience working with instrumentation used in the photonics and/or the electronics industry; experience with software controls in Python.
  • Experience developing test methods and optimization, tuning algorithms.
  • Experience in product lifecycles, transitioning from R&D to product development.
  • Strong organizational skills, excellent communication skills, attention to detail and ability to multitask.
  • Strong critical thinking, creative, innovative, analytical, and detail oriented problem-solving skill.
  • Ability to work independently with limited direction.

Preferred Skills & Experience:

  • Expertise with advanced fiber optic technologies such as sensing, timing distribution, clock distribution, or submarine telecoms applications.
  • Knowledge, expertise and experience with optical transmission systems, laser sources, optical fiber to die coupling technologies.

PsiQuantum provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. PsiQuantum does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable laws.

We are not accepting unsolicited resumes from employment agencies.

The range below reflects the minimum and maximum target range for new hire base salary across all US locations. Actual compensation may vary outside of this range and is dependent on various factors including but not limited to a candidate's qualifications including relevant education and training, competencies, experience, geographic location, and business needs. Base pay is only one part of the total compensation package. Full time roles are eligible for equity and benefits. Base pay is subject to change and may be modified in the future.

For a fully qualified candidate, the expected pay range is: 

Pay Range
$172,000—$205,000 USD

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