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Research Scientist / Quantum Scientist



Full Time

On Site


Reston, Virginia, United States


Job Description:

Job Description
The Leidos Innovation Center (LInC) Advanced Analytics team has an opening for a Researcher Scientist/Engineer with a background quantum technologies / quantum information science. This is an exciting opportunity to use your experience to help grow the Leidos quantum technologies portfolio of contract and internal R&D projects, benchmarking, and operational prototypes. In this position, the Research Scientist will participate in the full life cycle of research & development of optical systems for the study of quantum-enabled remote sensing and communications. Ideal candidates should be interested in a career devoted to applied research and development with strong experimental skills, hardware skills and should be interested in maturing technologies from concept to prototype.

Primary Responsibilities
•Design, build, perform tests, and analyze optics/optoelectronics/photonics experiments in various systems and platforms for cutting edge devices in quantum communication, sensing, and precision positioning, navigation, and timing
•Perform laboratory and field tests to prove and validate quantum experimental theories as viable products in applicable domains, and benchmark results within the field
•Writing proposals, publishing papers, attending and presenting at conferences, and briefing internal and external customers
•Collaborate with other team members, engineers, and scientists across the company and different fields to leverage quantum technologies to achieve organizational goals

Basic Qualifications
•Bachelor’s degree in physics, applied physics, engineering, or related fields with 2+ years of prior relevant experience (or additional 4 years of experience in lieu of degree)
•Research experience and experimental background in one or more of the following areas: quantum optics, quantum entanglement, photonics, quantum communications, quantum information science
•Experience developing innovative solutions based upon the application of relevant research results from a wide variety of sources
•Experience building and benchmarking software prototypes, to include metrics development, and theoretical/analytical/computational skills
•Technical writing skills with experience in writing technical proposals •US Citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain a US government security clearance
•Strong desire to learn new technologies and flexibility to change from one project to another quickly
•Experience with standard programming languages for analytics or scientific applications
•Ability to effectively communicate to both technical and non-technical audiences
•Highly motivated to publish in peer-reviewed journals and present research at conferences

Preferred Qualifications
•Masters in Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering, or related fields
•Experience researching quantum sensing and/or quantum information technology
•Experience operationalizing machine learning and/or autonomy, and analytical capabilities
•Experience and domain knowledge related to data processing
•Interest and experience in quantum computing, quantum communications, quantum sensing beyond optics and photonics, quantum networks
•Experience in proposing and winning independent research funding
•Electronics and computer automation of laboratory experiments
•Experience with big data applications, data science, or data analytics methods and tools
•DoD Top Secret Clearance

Pay Range:Pay Range $63,050.00 - $97,000.00 - $130,950.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.