Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physicists

Vector Atomic

Pleasanton, CA, USA

Full time


Oct 15

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Vector Atomic is hiring atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physicists to build ultraprecise quantum devices for applications including autonomous/GPS-free navigation, high-bandwidth satellite communications, and geophysical exploration. In this hands-on role, you'll contribute to the full lifecycle, from conceptual design to deployment. We are seeking strong individual contributors that take ownership of their work while supporting overall team goals. Our rapidly growing team of 35 brings an innovative but practical approach to developing quantum devices. If you'd like to work on transformational technologies in a dynamic, team-oriented environment, come join our team!

What You'll Do

  • Prototype and design optical, mechanical, and electrical subsystems
  • Sensor integration, bring-up, and optimization; data analysis
  • Analyze and simulate of atomic sensor performance and environmental sensitivities
  • Deploy and demonstrate prototype sensors into real-world environments


  • PhD in atomic, optical, quantum physics, or 3 years of related academic or industry experience
  • US citizenship or Permanent Residency (Green Card) required by US export control laws

Hands-on expertise with several of the following:

  • Atomic clocks and inertial sensors
  • Atomic ovens, beams, and/or vapor cells
  • Laser cooling and trapping
  • Precision spectroscopy
  • Ultra-high vacuum (UHV) systems
  • Narrow linewidth lasers and laser frequency stabilization
  • Optics, fiber optics, electro/acousto-optics, detectors
  • Analog, digital, and RF electronics
  • Control systems and instrumentation
  • Mechanical design

This position requires more than 80% onsite work. Vector Atomic adheres to all state and local ordinances regarding COVID-19 safety protocols.


Vector Atomic values teamwork, open and honest discourse, and work-life balance. We are an employee-owned company with competitive compensation and benefits including:

  • Platinum-level family health coverage (medical, dental, vision)
  • Health and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Employer 401(k) contributions
  • 20 days of paid time off / 10 paid holidays
  • Paid parental leave
  • Stock ownership plan
  • Fully stocked kitchen

Vector Atomic is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from all backgrounds regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability, or any other classification protected by law.

Vector Atomic does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third-party recruiting agencies in response to job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to our hiring managers or HR team.

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Quantum sensors for navigation, telecommunications, and geophysical exploration