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Scientist — Cryogenic IC Designer



Vancouver, BC, Canada · Waterloo, ON, Canada · Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2022

Your Role
1QBit is looking for an analog/mixed-signal integrated circuit (IC) designer to join our growing Hardware Innovation Lab (HIL) team, a division of the company that performs R&D to advance emerging computational technologies, including quantum computing. You will join a team of talented scientists and software developers who tackle uniquely challenging problems in their quest to develop new computational paradigms. You will use your skills as an IC designer to develop superconducting circuit designs. Your responsibilities will include designing custom mixed-signal superconducting low-power, low-noise, high-speed circuits, and you will have ample opportunities to share your expertise and receive guidance from and learn from your peers.

What You'll Do

  • Work closely with Hardware Innovation Lab scientists to codesign algorithms and their hardware implementations
  • Bring a design from the concept stage through to modelling, layout, and verification
  • Engage in tasks that involve schematic capture, circuit simulation, circuit layout, physical verification (LVS, DRC), and parasitic extraction for a variety of superconducting circuits
  • Teach and guide your peers on topics related to circuit design, superconductivity, and single-flux quantum technology

What You'll Bring

  • A PhD, or equivalent experience in electrical engineering or physics
  • Demonstrated experience in the development and design of custom circuits in Cadence Virtuoso or similar environments
  • Experience with modelling, such as Ansys Q3D Extractor, FastHenry, or InductEx, and characterizing circuit performance with the help of circuit SPICE-like and EM simulators such as COMSOL Multiphysics, Sonnet Suites, or Ansys HFSS
  • Outstanding communication, organization, and leadership skills
  • The ability to convey rigorous technical concepts and considerations to non-experts
  • An eagerness to learn about new trends, tools, and technologies, and to continually consider how these will influence our projects and the resulting implications and opportunities that they will bring

Nice to Have

  • Familiarity with superconducting quantum devices
  • Experience in the design and testing of superconducting electronics circuits and the characterization of cryogenic electronics
  • Experience with PDK-based circuit design
  • Experience with ASIC workflows, that is, with logic synthesis, RTL design, and related toolkits such as Genus Synthesis or RTL Architect
  • Programming experience in a high-level programming language like Python or C++

Who We Are
The Hardware Innovation Lab is a unique division at 1QBit that works to address the computational challenges of building performant alternative computing devices, including quantum computers and classical high-performance computing devices. With expertise in quantum information science, quantum control, machine learning, optimal control, and optimization, we strive to support and accelerate the development of advanced computing hardware. We are constantly developing and enhancing our tools, methods, and expertise to support our hardware partners and experimentalist collaborators.

About 1QBit
1QBit is a global leader in advanced computing, with three innovation hubs located in Vancouver, Waterloo, and Sherbrooke. Along with its partners, 1QBit takes on computationally intensive problems across a variety of fields, including advanced materials, the life sciences, energy, and finance. Trusted by Fortune 500 companies and top research institutions, 1QBit develops novel solutions by building on its broad expertise in hardware innovation, quantum computing, AI, and commercial application development. 1QBit offers unique deep-tech career opportunities through advanced internships, full-time positions, and a steadfast investment in our team’s expertise. Working at 1QBit means applying your thinking and skills to tackle exciting and relevant challenges.

Why Work at 1QBit?
You will have a chance to be part of a diverse and collaborative team and enjoy perks including: eligibility to take part in our Options Plan, comprehensive health and wellness benefits, extra long-long weekends, plenty of social events, and flexible work from home options.