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Microsoft Corporation Quantum Characterization Engineer in Indianapolis, Indiana

Microsoft Quantum has assembled a talented and diverse international team to create the world’s first scalable quantum computing system. Microsoft’s vertically integrated approach involves exciting innovations at every level; from the qubit device and quantum information plane to the quantum-classical interface and classical compute system all the way up to the system software, applications, and global services. Microsoft Quantum will change the world of computing and help solve some of humankind’s currently unsolvable problems.


Come join Microsoft Quantum Lab Purdue located in West Lafayette, Indiana and be hands-on for the coming revolution in quantum computing! We are part of an international team of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers who are designing, growing, fabricating, and characterizing the components for a topological quantum computer based on Majorana zero modes. We are seeking a results-oriented and communicative PhD level condensed matter experimental physicist or electrical engineer with experience in cryogenics, semiconductors, and superconductors.

  • Work with an international team of researchers to characterize hybrid materials that will form the basis of topological qubits.

  • Work iteratively with fabrication and materials growth teams to screen and improve sample quality.

  • Carry out low-noise DC and RF measurements from millikelvin to room temperature.

  • Develop measurement protocols and techniques to produce consistent measurements/analyses across materials, locations, and time.


Basic Qualifications

PhD in experimental condensed matter physics, or related field, focusing on low-dimensional semiconductors, superconductivity, or qubit/quantum sensing measurement.

3+ years’ experience in semiconductor device physics and superconductivity.

2+years’ experience with one or more of the following: low-noise electronic measurement, cryogenic techniques (He3, dilution refrigerator), electrical transport characterization (for semiconductors, dielectrics, and superconductors).

2+years’ experience with data acquisition and programming in a high-level language (python, mat lab).

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in developing code in a version-controlled environment (git,svn).

Microwave electronics experience.

Good communication and data management skills.

Ability to operate and maintain a dilution refrigerator.

Previous experience in mesoscopic device fabrication.


Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role.

These requirements include, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings:

Microsoft Cloud Background Check:

This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud Background Check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form ( .

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