Detector Scienist and Photonics Engineer roles at Nu Quantum

We are currently hiring for two roles at Nu Quantum. These are :

- Photonics Engineer
- Detector Scientist

All roles are based in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

About us: What we do at Nu Quantum

Illuminating the quantum revolution.

At Nu Quantum we make quantum devices which can emit and detect single-photons. Our devices underpin those quantum systems which make single photons carry quantum information or interact in sophisticated ways, to arrive at a new era of communications, simulation, computing, sensing and metrology. By combining novel materials and semiconductor technology, the Nu Quantum components achieve new capabilities and groundbreaking enhanced performance.

History of Nu Quantum

Nu Quantum was founded in late 2018 to commercialise cutting-edge research spun out of the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. The company is backed by a syndicate of world-class investors led by Amadeus Capital Partners, and has been awarded several multi-million government projects. Nu Quantum is now growing a world-class multi-disciplinary team in Cambridge, where they are building their headquarters and state-of-the-art labs, and plan to launch their first quantum product in 2021.

Working at Nu Quantum

We’re a fast-paced and rapidly-growing start up, with a friendly, supportive and ambitious approach. We have a strong culture of trust and respect and can offer lots of varied opportunities and responsibilities for our teams to take ownership of and grow with. We value creativity, integrity, ambition, meaningful teamwork, and fun. We are looking for people with drive and passion. You will be collaborating with a growth minded, diverse team.

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Detailed job descriptions follow below:


Photonics Engineer

The role

Nu Quantum is an early stage start-up that is commercialising quantum photonics technology developed within Cambridge University. We are looking for an experienced Photonics Engineer to join our expanding engineering team. You will be working at the cutting edge of science & technology, and will help productise our patented single photon detection technology.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone with relevant experience covering all aspects of avalanche photodiode development including simulation, design, performance testing & optimisation, packaging, manufacturability/yield and qualification. The successful candidate will work closely with researchers and other engineering team members including fabrication, optics, electronics and software experts, and will help ensure the successful delivery of a new III/V semiconductor device with market-leading single photon detection capabilities.

Skills, experience and qualifications

- A good degree in Physics, Electronic Engineering or related field. Postgraduate research experience in the photonics domain is preferred.
- 5+ years industry experience involving photonic device development.
- A good understanding of electronic and photonic device physics.
- Experience with the full development cycle for III/V semiconductor devices.
- Prior experience with development of avalanche photodiodes is highly desirable.
- Prior involvement with the development of single photon detectors is preferred.
- Good familiarity with applicable optical and electronic test equipment.
- Specification of laboratory and manufacturing test setups for photonic devices.
- Strong ability to analyse and interpret measured results and solve problems.
- Knowledge of semiconductor device qualification and reliability testing.

- Python programming knowledge for instrumentation and data analysis is desirable.
- A good team player with strong communication and interpersonal skills.
- Proactive and willing to take ownership of problems and deliver results in a timely manner.


Detector Scientist

The role

Nu Quantum has created a new way of achieving single-photon detection using a proprietary semiconductor structure. You will be part of the research team developing the first and second generation of Nu Quantum single-photon detector products. You will be involved in the design, test, and optimisation of the single-photon detectors, as well as the design, implementation, and use of the single-photon measurement and characterisation suite.

Qualifications, skills, and experience

- Ph.D. involving the study of semiconductor and/or photonic devices, or 3+ years experience in a related industry.

Desirable skills:
- Experience with the design and test of (optically-addressed) semiconductor structures for quantum, photonic or optoelectronic applications.
- Associated experimental skills and understanding of optical, electrical, transport, and related characterisation measurements.
- Experience with use of laboratory instruments such as high-rate oscilloscopes, arbitrary waveform generators, source-measure units, power-meters, multimeters, pulsed lasers, RF generators etc.

- Programming skills (python preferred) for instrumentation and data analysis.
- Excellent problem-solving skills.
- Good communication skills.
- A proactive, positive, and creative mindset.



- 25 days annual leave + UK Bank Holidays
- Free and confidential Health & Wellbeing support
- Cycle Scheme
- Corporate membership scheme with Cambridge University Botanic Gardens
- Auto-enrolment pension scheme provided by SMART pensions
- Flexible working from home options
- Complimentary fruit and drinks (when in the office)
- Casual dress
- Company events
- Onsite parking available

Diversity and Inclusion

We strive to create a diverse environment and to be an equal opportunity employer. This means that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to national origin, age, sex, race, disability, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or religious background.