Quantum Research Scientist, AWS Center for Quantum Computing - Materials Job at Amazon Development Center U.S., Inc., Pasadena, CA

  • Amazon Development Center U.S., Inc.
  • Pasadena, CA

Job Description


The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Center for Quantum Computing (CQC) is a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and technicians on a mission to develop a fault-tolerant quantum computer.

You will be joining a team located in Pasadena, CA that conducts materials research to improve the performance of quantum processors. We are looking to hire a Quantum Research Scientist who will apply their expertise in materials characterization to the optimization of fabricated superconducting quantum devices. In this role, you are expected to lead and assist research projects that are aligned with our Center’s technical roadmap. You will develop new ideas and design experiments aimed at identifying the most promising material systems, characterization techniques, and integration processes for superconducting circuit applications.

Key job responsibilities
- Conduct experimental studies on the fundamental properties of superconducting, semiconducting, and dielectric thin films
- Develop and implement multi-technique materials characterization workflows for thin films and devices, with a focus on the surfaces and interfaces
- Work closely with other research scientists on the Materials team to develop material processes directed toward optimizing thin film properties, controlling the surface chemistry and morphology, and impacting device performance
- Identify materials properties (chemical, structural, electronic, electrical) that can be a reliable proxy for the performance of superconducting qubits and microwave resonators
- Communicate engineering and scientific findings to teammates, the broader CQC and, when appropriate, publish findings in scientific journals

A day in the life
AWS Utility Computing (UC) provides product innovations — from foundational services such as Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), to consistently released new product innovations that continue to set AWS’s services and features apart in the industry. As a member of the UC organization, you’ll support the development and management of Compute, Database, Storage, Internet of Things (Iot), Platform, and Productivity Apps services in AWS, including support for customers who require specialized security solutions for their cloud services.

Diverse Experiences
AWS values diverse experiences. Even if you do not meet all of the qualifications and skills listed in the job description, we encourage candidates to apply. If your career is just starting, hasn’t followed a traditional path, or includes alternative experiences, don’t let it stop you from applying.

Why AWS?
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. We pioneered cloud computing and never stopped innovating — that’s why customers from the most successful startups to Global 500 companies trust our robust suite of products and services to power their businesses.

Inclusive Team Culture
Here at AWS, it’s in our nature to learn and be curious. Our employee-led affinity groups foster a culture of inclusion that empower us to be proud of our differences. Ongoing events and learning experiences, including our Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and AmazeCon (gender diversity) conferences, inspire us to never stop embracing our uniqueness.

Mentorship & Career Growth
We’re continuously raising our performance bar as we strive to become Earth’s Best Employer. That’s why you’ll find endless knowledge-sharing, mentorship and other career-advancing resources here to help you develop into a better-rounded professional.

Work/Life Balance
We value work-life harmony. Achieving success at work should never come at the expense of sacrifices at home, which is why we strive for flexibility as part of our working culture. When we feel supported in the workplace and at home, there’s nothing we can’t achieve in the cloud.

Hybrid Work
We value innovation and recognize this sometimes requires uninterrupted time to focus on a build. We also value in-person collaboration and time spent face-to-face. Our team affords employees options to work in the office every day or in a flexible, hybrid work model near one of our U.S. Amazon offices.

About the team
Our team contributes to the fabrication of processors and other hardware that enable quantum computing technologies. Doing that necessitates the development of materials with tailored properties for superconducting circuits. Research Scientists and Engineers on the Materials team operate deposition and characterization systems in order to develop and optimize thin film processes for use in these devices. They work alongside other Research Scientists and Engineers to help deliver fabricated devices for quantum computing experiments.


- PhD in materials science, physics, applied physics, or a related field in science or engineering
- A demonstrated track record of original, impactful work centered around the characterization of materials
- Expertise in XPS, TEM, and two or more of the following characterization techniques: XRD, EELS, nano IR, SIMS, AFM, SEM, FIB, RBS, PPMS
- Experience with using materials characterization for optimization of product performance or for quality control
- Proficient in a scientific programming environment (i.e., one or more of Python, Julia, MATLAB, Mathematica)

Job Tags

Full time, Flexible hours,

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