Experimental Atomic Physicist
Beverly, MA USA
Symmetricom is seeking an Experimental Atomic Physicist to fill our Chief Scientist role and lead the Research Group at Symmetricom's Beverly, Massachusetts facility. The successful candidate will join a small multi-disciplinary team responsible for the development of next-generation atomic clock technology, with current R&D efforts in cold-atom clocks, ion clocks, NMR gyroscopes, and atom-stabilized laser frequency references. In addition to these R&D projects, the successful candidate will provide support for existing atomic clock products including cesium beam frequency standards, active hydrogen masers, rubidium oscillators, and Chip-Scale Atomic Clocks (CSAC). Areas of responsibility will include: Lead the team in internal R&D efforts and development of external collaborators and projects. Develop internal expertise in adjacent technologies (such as magnetometry and inertial sensors) through focused internal R&D and procurement of external funding Document the process of research and development to build IP portfolio of the Company Support the multi-disciplinary engineering and manufacturing teams at Symmetricom involved in existing atomic clock products Develop relationships with academic, government, and industry partners for future R&D efforts The successful candidate will be a self-motivated, hands-on experimentalist with a diverse range of technical skills, an intuitive understanding of atomic physics, and the ability to combine these into new and innovative technologies. The ideal candidate will have a passion for problem solving; practical knowledge in physics, electrical and mechanical engineering and software programming; attention to detail with the ability to see projects as a whole and bring experiments to completion as demonstrated by the following past experiences: PhD in experimental atomic and optical physics 15+ years of practical experience in working with lasers including frequency-stabilized lasers and atomic spectroscopy Detailed understanding of quantum mechanics, atom-light interactions, optical pumping, quantum optics Proficient at setting up and operating complex experiments to study atom-light interactions At least 5+ years’ experience with designing instrumentation for precision metrology Track record of exemplary research as evidenced by publications Leadership skills and ability to work in a team-oriented environment Required qualifications: Experience in precision measurement and metrology U.S. Citizen or permanent resident status required. Must have strong communication and presentation skills. Desired qualifications: Experience in instrument development (atomic clocks, magnetometers, or gyroscopes) Experience in laser cooling and trapping of neutral atoms or ions Experience with femtosecond lasers or optical combs Experience with MEMS or integrated photonics Experience with low-noise digital, analog, RF, and microwave electronics Experience with embedded firmware and FPGA development Additional desired qualifications: Prior experience working on government R&D projects from DARPA, DOD, NASA or other U.S. government agencies. Government security clearances or ability/willingness to obtain one. Ability to travel 10-25%, domestic and international. At least 5+ years of working in industry.