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Director, Electro-Optical Assembly



Palo Alto, CA, USA
Posted on Sunday, May 5, 2024

PsiQuantum is on a mission to build the world’s first fault tolerant quantum computer capable of tackling today’s most intractable computational challenges to deliver transformative results. We know that means it will need roughly 1 million qubits and will be building scale in size.

Quantum computing is expected to deliver breakthroughs for today’s still impossible computational tasks. By harnessing the laws of quantum physics, quantum computers can provide exponential performance increases over even the most powerful of today’s conventional supercomputers offering the potential for extraordinary advances across a broad range of applications 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. Our architecture is based on photonics which gives us the ability to produce our components using high-volume semiconductor manufacturing processes, the same processes that have been applied in telecommunications and data center applications for decades. Since photons don’t feel heat, we can take advantage of existing cryogenic cooling systems, the kind that have been operating at facilities like Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC) since 2018. And because photons are basically light, they can move between subsystems using standard fiber connectivity, without the need for transduction in and out.

Our team is working across the full stack of quantum computing, from quantum architecture to photonic chip manufacturing, advanced opto-electronic packaging, hardware systems design, quantum algorithms and software tools, and cryogenic cooling. We’re a highly motivated and collaborative group focused on a singular goal - building the world’s first Fault Tolerant Quantum Computer on the fastest path possible.

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

Job Summary:

PsiQuantum is looking for a motivated Director to help lead the crucial Electro-Optical Assembly effort at PsiQuantum. The Electro-Optical Assembly Team is responsible for the development and assembly of mechanical, electrical and optical packaging for PsiQuantum’s quantum photonic chips.


  • Lead multiple teams working on optical, electrical and thermo-mechanical assembly and packaging.
  • Collaborate with the Systems Design and Photonic Integration Teams to understand the specifications and tradeoffs of the photonic chips & systems as well as the requirements for the next system assembly/build.
  • Collaborate with the System Validation Team to manage the yield and reliability of the assembly and packaging process.
  • Identify key system build risks and address through focused, rapid and systematic experimental iteration.
  • Dive into technical issues as they occur and coordinate the teams through finding a solution.
  • Guide the development of scalable assemblies and packaging processes.
  • Ensure clear & version-controlled documentation of assemblies and packaging processes.
  • Help rapidly grow highly effective teams working on System Build.


  • 6+ years of technology leadership experience in the photonic, computing or semiconductor space.
  • Proven track record of bringing electro-optical packaging and/or thermo-mechanical assembly technologies from prototype to production.
  • Ability to assemble development plans and roadmaps with technical depth.
  • Understanding of technology and supply chain landscape for electro-optical and/or thermo-mechanical packaging and assembly.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-moving start-up environment.
  • Ability to keep teams motivated & productive through tight deadlines and challenging technical issues.
  • Good multi-disciplinary collaborator across physics, engineering and material science.

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.

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The range below reflects the minimum and maximum target range for new hire base salary across all US locations. Actual compensation may vary outside of this range and is dependent on various factors including but not limited to a candidate's qualifications including relevant education and training, competencies, experience, geographic location, and business needs. Base pay is only one part of the total compensation package. Full time roles are eligible for equity and benefits. Base pay is subject to change and may be modified in the future.

For a fully qualified candidate, the expected pay range is:

Pay Range
$235,000$275,000 USD