Layout Engineer

Permanent employee, Full-time · London

About The Role and Team

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to be an early employee at a start-up shaping the future of quantum computing, and in particular to form a new team within the company. There are vast opportunities for professional growth and to make an impact within the company. 

This role will suit an experienced Layout Engineer wanting to apply their knowledge to the exciting area of quantum computing, by contributing to the design of scalable layout routines for large-scale quantum processors based on silicon technology. No quantum experience required.

As a Layout Engineer, you will be responsible for leading the implementation of physical layouts for silicon-based quantum processors made using a custom CMOS process. You will implement quantum dot structures which have been designed by specialists in the team, and design appropriate fan-out for optimised performance.

You will also act as a key stakeholder for evolving our design strategy, such as advising on and introducing scalable infrastructure, as well as implementing parameterised models, automated layout, and verification routines. As such, this role requires initiative, flexibility, and adaptability to tasks at hand.

Our Team

Since 2021 our team has been listed every year in the “Top 100 Startups worth watching” in the EE Times, and our technology breakthroughs have been featured in The TelegraphBBC and the New Statesman. Our founders are internationally renowned researchers from UCL and Oxford University who have pioneered the development of qubits and quantum computing architectures. Our chairman is the co-founder of Cadence and Synopsys, the two leading companies in the area of Electronic Design Automation. We’re backed by a team of top-tier investors including Bosch Ventures, Porsche SE, Sony Innovation Fund, Oxford Sciences Innovations, INKEF Capital and Octopus Ventures, and we have so far raised over £62 million in equity and grant funding. 

We bring together the brightest quantum engineers, integrated circuit (IC) engineers, quantum computing theoreticians and software engineers to create a unique, world-leading team, working together closely to maximise our combined expertise. Our collaborative and interdisciplinary culture is an ideal fit for anyone who thrives in a cutting-edge research and development environment focused on tackling big challenges and contributing to the development of scalable quantum computers based on silicon technology.

Our team of 40+ is based in Oxford and London, with a centre of mass in our Islington lab and office.

Functions of the Role
  • Work closely with the Quantum Hardware Design Leads to deliver custom chip layouts, including routing and optimisation, from concept definition to tapeout.

  • Advise, evolve, and implement an early-stage, bespoke design and layout strategy, such as developing:

    • Custom layout programmable cells (PCells).

    • Automated layout and verification routines.

    • Reusable, modular, hierarchical layout.

  • Verify chip layouts against DRC and LVS.

  • Provide and maintain layout schedule in coordination with Design Leads and Project Managers.

  • Document own work and perform layout reviews with other team members.

Experience - Essentials
  • Degree, or equivalent professional experience, in Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, or related field

  • 3+ years experience in custom, hierarchical layout

  • Proficiency with software for layout design, such as KLayout and/or Cadence Virtuoso Layout Suite (X)L

  • Proficiency in DRC & LVS with Calibre or a similar tool

  • Demonstrated layout experience in deep sub-micron processes

  • Preference for fast-paced, scaleup environment

  • Quick learner, self-driven

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Experience - Desirable
  • Proficiency in scripting or programming, preferably SKILL and Python

  • Experience with use and development of automatic routing tools

  • Knowledge of optical mask layout and e-beam lithography

  • Knowledge of sub-micron fabrication processes

  • Familiarity with layout-dependent effects (LOD, WPE, OSE, etc.)

  • Experience in package design an/or in PCB design

  • Be part of a creative, world-leading team
  • Competitive salary and share options scheme
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Select your own laptop/kit 
  • Life Assurance
  • Cycle-to-work Scheme 
  • Flexible working
  • Central London location
EEO Statement
Quantum Motion is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate based on age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, colour, religion, disability status, marital status, pregnancy, gender reassignment or any other protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010.
About us
Quantum Motion is a fast-growing quantum computing start-up based in London founded by internationally renowned researchers from UCL and Oxford University with over 40 years’ experience in developing qubits and quantum computing architectures. Bringing together state-of-the-art cryogenic facilities and an outstanding interdisciplinary team, we are developing quantum processors based on industrial-grade silicon chips, with the potential to radically transform computing power in areas such as materials modelling, medicine, artificial intelligence and more.
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