Scientist – Semiconductor devices R&D

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Application deadline: 

Sunday, February 28, 2021

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 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.


4+ years industry experience or experimental PhD specialising in the R&D of (III-V) semiconductor structures and devices. 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 oscilloscope, arbitrary waveform generator, relay card, source measure units, power-meters, multimeters, pulsed lasers, RF generators.
    Proven ability to design an experiment.
    Proven ability to collect, analyse and interpret experimental data.
    Basic cleanroom / semiconductor fabrication skills: general wet bench use, etching, lithography, metal evaporation, bonding (not essential).
    Programming skills (python preferred) for instrumentation and data analysis.
    Excellent problem-solving skills.
    Good communication skills.
    A proactive, positive and creative mindset.

Apply by the end of February through our recruitment portal at


    25 days annual leave + UK Bank Holidays
    Free and confidential Health & Wellbeing support
    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 & 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.

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, 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.