Careers

At Oxford Ionics our mission is to revolutionise industries ranging from drug discovery to material design by building Quantum Computers; a radically new type of computer that harnesses the power of quantum physics to be exponentially more powerful than a conventional supercomputer. Oxford Ionics is setting a new standard for high-performance computing thanks to our unique trapped-ion technology.

Roles we are currently recruiting for:

If you're interested in working for us but do not fit the positions advertised above, then please email us at careers@oxionics.com

 

Why Work for Oxford Ionics?

Values: we care about building technology that empowers people to do the impossible whether it’s designing new drugs or solving complex optimization problems. Oxford Ionics is an inclusive and supportive work environment, with the resources to learn, grow, and work collaboratively to develop cutting-edge technology.

Collaboration: you will be well-supported by a team that brings experts from a wide range of disciplines. We have a non-hierarchical structure, which allows everyone to contribute to finding the right answer; we’re excited to learn from the unique insights that you will bring.

Benefits: we offer highly competitive compensation packages including equity.

Research: you will be working to solve unique, never-before-solved challenges with a world-class team of scientists and engineers working across fields including algorithm design, microfabrication, opto-mechanical engineering, vacuum design, and radiofrequency electronics.

Location: our labs are located in Begbroke Science Park with great transport links to Oxford’s beautiful city centre and University as well as London.

 

Quantum Scientist (Applied)

 

You Might be a Great fit for this Position if…

You are a lab quantum physicist

You will be working in the lab with ion traps from day one, but you don’t need to come in as an expert. We are looking for outstanding scientists who are keen to contribute to our mission. We particularly value fields involving coherent control of quantum systems, whatever form it takes (our current team comes from backgrounds including ions, atoms, and quantum dots).

You work on implementing quantum algorithms or simulations

If your research involves doing complex things with quantum systems we’d love to hear from you, whether it’s running algorithms on quantum computers or studying dynamics in quantum simulators.

You research architectures for quantum devices

We’re building hardware that scales. If you’re kept awake at night thinking about the challenges that entails, you’ll find a team here working on the problems you find interesting.

 

How To Apply and What To Expect

 

Apply by email to careers@oxionics.com with:

 

  • Your CV

  • A brief cover letter explaining your background and interest in the role

Initial interview: we’ll have an introductory chat to get to know you on your terms, tell you more about Oxford Ionics and the role and let you ask us any questions you have. We’ll ask you about your background and previous work/research.

We aim to let you know if we will move forward to the main interview within one week of our initial chat.

 

Main interview: for the main interview, we’ll ask you to give a presentation to our entire team: tell us about an aspect of your research you’re particularly proud of. After the presentation, there will be an interview with a small panel of our scientists. Then you’ll be able to ask any further questions you still have about our culture, our future plans, our upcoming technical challenges, and whatever else comes to your mind.

 

All our interviews will be conducted over video calls.

 

We want you to be comfortable and able to show yourself off in the best possible light. If there are any accommodations we can make during the interview process to make things easier for you, please let us know.

 

At any point, please feel free to email any questions to careers@oxionics.com

We look forward to meeting you!

 

Software Engineer

You Might be a Great fit for this Position if…

You enjoy working at the boundary between software, engineering, and physics.

In this role, you will work closely with our quantum scientists and engineers to design the software that powers our Quantum Computers. You will work with a technology stack that includes:

  • Python, Rust, Julia

  • LLVM and our custom compiler

  • Embedded development

  • FPGAs

  • Qubits

  • and more!

 

You are confident balancing independent and collaborative learning

No one person has all the skills needed to build a quantum computer. We’re looking for someone with strong communication skills who is confident  to ask questions; you should recognise when you could be doing something better. At the same time, you must be motivated to use your initiative and tackle big problems. Communication and organizational skills are key.

You enjoy moving rapidly from ideas to prototypes

We believe in prototyping ideas before developing robust code. You must be comfortable finding the quickest route to testing an idea, then improving it to build the most appropriate solution.

 

How To Apply and What To Expect

 

Apply by email to careers@oxionics.com with:

 

  • Your CV

  • A brief cover letter explaining your background and interest in the role

Closing date Wednesday 10th March.

All our interviews will be conducted over video calls.

We want you to be comfortable and able to show yourself off in the best possible light. If there are any accommodations we can make during the interview process to make things easier for you, please let us know.

 

At any point, please feel free to email any questions to careers@oxionics.com

We look forward to meeting you!

 

Grant Writer

Role and Responsibilities

We are seeking a grant writer to join our team. You will work with our team of scientists and engineers as well as our partners across industry and academia to identify opportunities and develop new grant applications for funding bodies such as Innovate UK and European bodies. 

 

Responsibilities include:

  • Identify suitable grants from funding bodies including Innovate UK and the EU, and maintain a pipeline of upcoming applications and deadlines

  • Work with our scientists, engineers and external partners to identify potential projects

  • Prepare outline proposals clearly communicating: grant idea, scope and commercial impact to potential partners

  • Coordinate stakeholders and arrange consortium meetings

  • Manage grant writing as the primary copy writer whilst also gathering input and feedback from stakeholders

  • Meet proposal deadlines by establishing priorities and target dates for information gathering, writing, review, approval, and submission

Essential Skills and Experience

  • Strong skills communicating science and cutting-edge technology with a focus on commercial need and market impact

  • Ability to work with scientists and engineers to quickly understand technical ideas and understand potential commercial impact

  • Presentation skills

  • Ability to work with and coordinate a diverse range of stakeholders, ranging from component manufacturers to University researchers, to identify common interests 

  • Ability to work independently

Desirable 

  • Experience working with science or technology

  • Experience working with funding bodies such as Innovate UK

Benefits

 

We offer a competitive package including share options. Flexible and partial remote working will be considered.

 

How to Apply

 

We’re looking for people to help us shape the future of computing. If you think you’re suitable for this role then we’d love to hear from you. Please send your CV and a brief covering letter to careers@oxionics.com

 

Closing date Monday 15th March

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