Lab Manager

Permanent employee, Full-time · London, Oxford

About The Role and Team

The Lab Manager is responsible for making our laboratories excellent places to work - this means labs that are safe and effective, with all the required equipment operating to specifications. Our laboratories combine electronic test and measurement equipment (from DC to microwave frequencies) with a number of deep-cryogenic test-beds that have base temperatures of 10 milliKelvin (below -273 degrees C).  

As we are currently scaling our laboratory space across three units in the UK, this person will support our growth journey by contributing to a range of development projects, undertaking new techniques, and leveraging new equipment. Additionally, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to the company’s strategy projects by delivering new support infrastructure for our quantum processors, such as developing new types of superconducting magnets or new ways of implementing high-density wiring for high-frequency signal delivery.

As a Lab Manager, the position will particularly suit a motivated, well-organised individual with prior experience in laboratory management involving cryogenics and/or electronic equipment with the desire to contribute to the company’s infrastructural projects. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated ability to pick up new skills quickly and attention to detail.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to be an early employee at a scale-up shaping the future of quantum computing and contributing to innovations within the field. Being a small team with a flat structure, there are vast opportunities for professional growth and to make an impact within the company. 

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 Telegraph, BBC 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.

Functions of the Role
  • Ensuring the laboratory is a safe and effective place to work, and that the equipment is well-maintained and properly used 

  • Supporting system deployments including installation of cryogenic systems and low-temperature wiring 

  • Being responsible for organising and maintaining our lab infrastructure, carrying out on-site repairs where possible, and otherwise liaising with equipment suppliers/service engineers 

  • Managing lab improvements and maintenance

  • Ensuring laboratory consumables are well stocked; and equipment is procured to anticipate user demands

  • Develop training materials for the usage of laboratory equipment 

  • An opportunity to contribute to ad-hoc mechanical and electrical projects to support the research and development work in the laboratory

Experience - Essentials
  • Minimum 2.1 (or equivalent) in Electronics Engineering or a STEM subject 

  • Prior experience operating and maintaining electronic and mechanical equipment in an research & development (R&D) environment

  • Knowledge of the requirements of a well-run modern laboratory

  • Strong interpersonal skills for effective supervision of lab users and advocating best practices

  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail

Experience - Desirable
  • Experience in laboratory management

  • Experience in using cryogenics

  • Experience operating and/or maintaining dilution refrigerators

  • Be part of a creative, world-leading team

  • Competitive salary and share options scheme

  • Contributory pension scheme

  • Group private medical insurance scheme

  • Choose 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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