Senior Scientist, Quantum Sensing (Capability Modelling)



Sydney, NSW, Australia
Posted on Monday, May 15, 2023
About us
We hold the key to making quantum useful! Q-CTRL is a company with a deep start-up spirit with offices in Sydney, Los Angeles and Berlin. Our goal is to revolutionize the quantum future of technology by delivering transformational, real-life outcomes for the world’s most innovative and impactful industry. Simply put, we make quantum technology useful.
We’re led by our values; to be real, be trusted, be just, and be revered. They guide us in everything we do - how we work together and how we shape the future of the quantum field. We want the best talent in the world to join our team - from operations, product, design and marketing through to quantum research. So whether you’re a quantum expert or simply unsure where you fit into a business like ours, we want to hear from you!
About the role
Q-CTRL’s quantum sensors use software-layer quantum control technology to enable robust operation onboard dynamic platforms (e.g. a ship, an aircraft, a satellite). We are seeking a new Senior Scientist to help translate quantum sensor performance into capabilities that solve pressing challenges in navigation, cartography, civil engineering, and Earth observation. You will work closely with experts in quantum sensing to help ensure that our quantum sensors do more than “just work”; your quantitative modelling will inform the design, build, and operation of our quantum sensors for a given end-user application.
This is a dynamic, multidisciplinary role that focuses on determining what is required from a quantum sensor (in terms of, for example, precision, accuracy, bandwidth) to deliver new capability, and will include investigations into novel signal processing and data fusion methods for making the best use of information provided by Q-CTRL’s quantum sensors.

What you'll be doing:

  • Be part of an established and growing team focused on quantum sensing for a variety of industry sectors such as aerospace, defence, geophysical exploration and Earth observation.
  • Develop new modelling capability in interdisciplinary areas, such as strapdown navigation, cartography, gravitational and magnetic map-matching, and other signal inversion and noise-mitigation problems.
  • Translate quantum sensor performance into capabilities that solve pressing challenges for current and prospective end-users and customers (and similarly, identify quantum sensor requirements and concepts of operation for a given end-user application).
  • Develop, document, and review high-quality software using Python.
  • Share your insights and results with the broader Quantum Sensing Division, company, external stakeholders and customers through verbal presentations and written outlets (e.g. academic publications, technical reports, blog posts).
  • Liaise as needed with our academic and industry partners in order to perform the above duties and support new business and product development.

Ideally you'll have:

  • A PhD (or equivalent industry experience) in physics, engineering or a closely related discipline.
  • Experience in the theory and numerical modelling of one or more of the following: modern signal processing methods (e.g. Bayesian methods, particle filtering, sequential Monte Carlo methods); sensor modelling and sensor signal processing, including data fusion; navigation modelling (e.g. navigation system modelling, navigation signal processing, navigation fusion for alternative navigation systems, quantum sensing for navigation); statistical inference for inversion problems.
  • Experience communicating technical results to a wide and varied audience.
  • Finally, you will have a strong desire to work with a world leading team and a company that is fundamentally building the future of the quantum technology industry
  • It would be fantastic if you have these skills but not essential:
  • Experience working in an interdisciplinary context with R&D scientists.
  • Familiarity with the Python programming language for scientific computing.
  • Familiarity with quantum and/or atomic physics at an undergraduate level.
  • Experience modelling real-world applications and sensor hardware.
Flexibility: We embrace workplace flexibility so you worry more about your global impact vs a rigid work schedule
Attractive salary: You’ll get to live the start-up life without start-up wages
Equity: We want people to have a sense of ownership in what they do and offer the potential for equity share and annual bonuses
Resources: We are well funded by the world’s best technology investors, letting us chase our ambitions with minimal constraints
Parental support: We offer paid parental leave to support you and your loved ones!
Diversity: We’re an equal employment opportunity employer. We value diversity, inclusion and providing equal opportunities to all, actively supporting initiatives like the ‘Global Women in Quantum’ program among others
Unique culture: You’ll be surrounded by some of the world’s leading physicists, engineers, product, marketing and design people (to name a few!) with a strong desire to learn and transfer knowledge
Meaningful values: You’ll work with an incredibly supportive team who work consistently to deliver our core values to be real, be trusted, be just and to be revered
Personal development: We provide you with a personal development and wellness budget
Impactful work: Last but not least! You’ll have the opportunity to work in the world’s leading field of technology and truly make an impact that matters!
Please note: Q-CTRL is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that values the strength diversity brings to the workplace. We are committed to being inclusive in the way we hire. We strongly encourage you to apply even if you do not meet all of the requirements mentioned in the job posting.
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