Vapor Cell Engineer

Vector Atomic

Pleasanton, CA, USA

Full time


Oct 15

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Vector Atomic is hiring Vapor Cell Engineers 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

  • Work with a team of physicists and engineers on sensor designs from concept to implementation
  • Design and construct a system for filling atomic vapor cells
  • Fabricate vapor cells and characterize their contents, with particular focus on atomic density and residual gas concentrations
  • Incorporate atomic vapor cells in sensors and quantitatively assess their performance
  • Support sensor integration, bring-up, and optimization
  • Analyze atomic sensor performance and environmental sensitivities


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

Hands-on expertise with several of the following:

  • Gas purification and/or gas-handling manifolds
  • Optical cell fabrication by means of glassblowing, optical contact bonding, or other techniques
  • Atomic vapor cell filling and characterization
  • Ultra-high vacuum (UHV) systems
  • Quantum sensor and atomic clock technologies
  • Characterization of atomic sensor performance and drift
  • Atomic source technologies
  • Precision spectroscopy
  • Mechanical design (CAD)

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