SRI International Research Physicist, Atomic-Molecular-Optical (AMO) Physics in Boulder, Colorado



Research Physicist, Atomic-Molecular-Optical (AMO) Physics

Job Description:

SRI International's Advanced Technology and Systems Division (ATSD) performs research across a wide range of disciplines, from Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) to novel material development designed at the atomic level, to implementation of advanced optical, radar, and imaging systems. SRI specializes in transitioning technology from basic R&D to fieldable prototypes for both US government and commercial customers.

Our new SRI office in Boulder, CO has an immediate opening for a Research Physicist within ATSD in the Applied Physics Laboratory. The Applied Physics Lab conducts R&D in PNT, radar, ISR, and communications. We are seeking a candidate with excellent working knowledge of experimental Atomic-Molecular-Optical (AMO) Physics or related areas. SRI’s quantum sciences ecosystem is in an early development stage. A successful applicant will be expected to develop new research areas for SRI in the areas of quantum sensing, metrology, clocks, communications, and computing. They will work with other researchers at SRI to help build this research area. They will also work in technical areas outside their field on ongoing programs.

Our ideal candidate will be expected to contribute at the individual level, with mentorship and guidance from experienced group members, with the goal of being professionally groomed into an innovative principal investigator capable of leading R&D proposals efforts and programs toward developing the next wave of disruptive, world-changing technological advances.

The candidate must have experience in:

• Precision measurements/metrology using atomic systems

• Experience with laser systems, optics, vacuum systems, RF and electronics

• Working knowledge of control systems and signal processing

• Strong technical knowledge in physical measurements and instrumentation

Sub-specialties of interest may include:

• Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT)

• Radar

• Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR)

• Communications systems

• Cavity quantum electrodynamics

• Ion / atom chip-traps

• Quantum secure communications (e.g. QKD)

• Designing and testing optical systems, including nanofabricated photonic circuits

• Experience in atom-photon entanglement generation and characterization

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Boulder, CO

Other Requirements:

--U.S. Citizenship required., --Ability to transfer/obtain/maintain a U.S. government security clearance required. See

Employment Status:

Full Time


• PhD in Physics, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering or related discipline. New graduates are welcome to apply. Experience is a plus.

• Due to government requirements, U.S. Citizenship and ability to obtain/maintain/transfer a DOD Security Clearance is required.

• Physical measurement and instrumentation, modeling and CAD (e.g. COMSOL, SolidWorks)

• Programming experience for instrumentation (e.g. Matlab, Labview, C++)

• Intuition of underlying physical processes, including noise processes

• Hands-on initiative

• Mechanical intuition

• The candidate should also possess strong numerical and analytical modeling skills

• Character qualities:

• Interested in helping build the SRI quantum information sciences ecosystem at an early stage

• Detail-oriented

• Strong written and verbal communications skills

• Able to work in a team environment

• Must possess a results-oriented approach

• An interest in multiple technical areas


SRI is an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

Background Check:

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