Systems Engineer

Application deadline
Department of Engineering Science, Parks Road, Oxford
Grade 7: £31,076 - £38,183 with a discretionary range to £41,709 p.a.

We are seeking a full-time systems engineer to join the NQIT hub ( The post is based in the Department of Engineering Science in central Oxford and is funded by the EPSRC. It is fixed-term until 30 November 2019.

You will have responsibility for the detailed design and integration strategy for the prototype quantum information processing nodes for the Q20:20 engine as part of the NQIT project. This project is working towards building a quantum computer demonstrator (Q20:20 engine) which will be one of the biggest scientific and engineering achievements this century. This is an exceptional opportunity to make a key contribution to the early stage development of a technology that will radically change computing and information processing. You will be responsible for developing designs for optical/mechanical/electronic systems, working from specifications and laboratory demonstrations, developing the overall CAD models of the system, and working with team members to ensure the nodes are successfully delivered.

You should hold a first degree in engineering, physics or a related subject. You should possess excellent engineering skills, with the ability to focus on both the detail of systems integration and the system level goals. CAD design skills, with demonstrated ability to translate drawings and concepts into working hardware are required, as well as the ability to effectively collaborate with colleagues and partners with a wide range of backgrounds. Experience with quantum systems is not required.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Dominic O’Brien (

Further information can be found at:

You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of projects you have been involved with and your contribution to them, CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 20 March 2017 can be considered.

The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Contact: Professor Dominic O’Brien