Optical Systems Manufacturing Development Engineer



Palo Alto, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024

We believe quantum computing will change everything. It will have the power to transform the foundations of giant industries that rely on intensive computation. PsiQuantum is on a mission to build the world’s first useful quantum computer, capable of delivering these transformative results. We know that means it will need 1 million qubits, error correction, a scalable architecture and a data center footprint.

By harnessing the laws of quantum physics, quantum computers can provide exponential performance increases over today’s most powerful supercomputers, offering the potential for extraordinary advances across a broad range of industries including climate, energy, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, finance, agriculture, transportation, materials design, and many more.

PsiQuantum is uniquely positioned to deliver on the promise of quantum computing years earlier than our competitors. Our architecture is based on photonics which gives us the ability to produce our components using existing high-volume semiconductor manufacturing processes, the same processes that are today producing billions of chips for telecom and consumer electronics applications. Since photons don’t feel heat, we can take advantage of existing cryogenic cooling systems, the kind that have been operating at facilities like the Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC). And because photons are in fact light, they can move between subsystems at tremendous speed using standard fiber connectivity.

Our team is building a utility scale quantum computer and the software tools needed to build fault tolerant quantum applications. We’re a highly motivated and collaborative group focused on a singular goal - building the world’s first useful quantum computer on the fastest path possible.

There’s much more work to be done and we are looking for exceptional talent to join us on this extraordinary journey!

Job Summary:

As part of the System Build and Validation Team the Optical System Manufacturing Development Engineer is responsible for the construction of high performance fiber optic subsystem components including EDFA's, high speed optical timing and polarization control modules.


  • Ownership of the construction of optical fiber subsystems and modules, including electrical/electronic control and mechanical assemblies.
  • Drive assembly protocol and version controlled documentation including the composition and authoring of clear, detailed methodologies for both assembly and test.
  • Management of bill of materials (BOM), documentation and continuous product improvement (CPI)
    Collection, tracing and analysis of build data including design and component troubleshooting.
  • Work closely with supply chain and vendors, design engineering and technicians to improve current and future generations of product.
  • Work with cross-functional teams to execute debug tests for software and hardware control systems.


  • S. in Physics, Optical or Electrical Engineering preferred, with 4+ years industry experience.
  • Experience working with fiber lasers and amplifiers, fiber optic components, splice equipment and optimization, fiber routing and equipment maintenance.
  • Experience validating and testing fiber optic components and systems transferring design and development into robust and scalable products.
  • Experience working with optical test equipment including polarization analysis, insertion/return loss, optical backscatter reflectometers (OBR), optical spectrum analyzer (OSA).
  • Python scripting, calling Controls SW APIs / drivers to control lab equipment and proprietary systems.

PsiQuantum provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. PsiQuantum does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable laws.

Note: PsiQuantum will only reach out to you using an official PsiQuantum email address and will never ask you for bank account information as part of the interview process. Please report any suspicious activity to recruiting@psiquantum.com.

We are not accepting unsolicited resumes from employment agencies.

Pay Range:

$143,000 - $175,500