R&D Engineer

Vector Atomic

Pleasanton, CA, USA

Full time


Oct 15

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Vector Atomic is hiring R&D Engineers to build ultraprecise quantum devices for applications including autonomous/GPS-free navigation, high-bandwidth satellite communications, and geophysical exploration. This jack-of-all-trades role requires a skilled and flexible engineer capable of operating in a dynamic R&D environment. The ideal will arrive with a subset of the skills below, and is willing/capable to learn the others.

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

  • Build and test optical, electrical, or vacuum systems
  • Systems integration of electronics controller with sensors
  • Set-up test equipment; automate data collection


  • Education/Experience: Engineering/related degree and 3+ years relevant work experience
  • US citizenship or Permanent Residency (Green Card) required by US export control laws

Hands-on experience with several of the following:

  • Lasers and optics, electronics, and/or vacuum systems in an R&D environment
  • Laser and optical system prototyping
  • Electronic test instrumentation such including oscilloscopes, pulse generators, power supplies and voltmeters
  • Experience designing, building, and working with electromechanical assemblies.
  • System integration, bring-up, and debugging
  • Basic bring-up of PCB boards
  • Electromechanical design of custom/semi-custom enclosures for electronic assemblies that address issues of shielding, grounding and thermal constraints
  • Design and build of custom cabling and interface boards
  • Computer-aided design
  • Basic machining skills

This position requires 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