Low-Temperature Device Physicist

Do you love working on quantum sensors or novel quantum devices with expertise in low-temperature experiments?

Do you want to work on a broad set of projects with a dynamic and diverse team of experimental and theoretical physicists?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

We are seeking a physicist to help us develop the next generation of quantum devices and sensors as well as the infrastructure to deploy them. As a member of our team, you'll contribute to and initiate research and development efforts in a variety of low-temperature experiments, including quantum sensing, quantum information science, cryogenically cooled sensors, helium & superfluid physics, and other quantum systems.

As a research scientist, you join a hardworking team of scientists who are passionate about developing innovative projects that can impact future use of quantum technologies for our nation. Our team is committed to scientific rigor and continuous improvement. Our team values ambitious ideas, honest discussion, and open collaboration.

As a low temperature device physicist:

  • Your primary responsibility will be to develop creative, independent research to complement existing efforts that leverage dry 1 K systems and dry dilution refrigerator infrastructure.
  • You will support existing programs through day to day operations of various cryogenic systems and experiments, as well as contributing high-quality ideas and insights into existing problems, leading to novel solutions responsive to APL and sponsor needs.
  • You collaborate with mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, and fabrication technicians to develop state-of-the-art device or system prototypes.

You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you...
  • Possess a PhD, or a Masters with 2 to 4 years of experience, in physics or a related discipline (such as electrical engineering or applied physics)
  • Demonstrate experience in high-precision, low-noise measurements of low-temperature devices or in characterizing materials or systems at cryogenic temperatures
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a Secret level clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you have experience with one of the following:
  • Designing, fabricating, and testing cryogenic sensors
  • Building state of the art infrastructure for sub 1 K dry systems
  • Building custom cryogenic systems for deployed systems

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities atwww.jhuapl.edu/careers.

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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