Lead Electrical Engineer (Analog)

HardwareFull TimeToronto, ON

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At Xanadu, we are learners, innovators, researchers, collaborators and problem solvers. We are creating something that has never been built before.  What we are doing is extremely hard, the classic moon shot. Few people in their life will be able to be a part of something like this, where if we are successful, the technologies we develop will solve some of the world’s most challenging problems, and literally change the world. And that is something to be excited about!

As part of the Hardware Team, you will work with our established team of physicists and engineers to develop high-performance custom electronics for controlling photonic quantum computers. In the role of lead electrical engineer, you will contribute your broad experience spanning precision analog measurement and digital control. You will launch an electronics team and define its design tools, workflows, and  guidelines for best practices. You will work hands-on to develop, optimize, refine, and debug electronic modules that control complex and noise-sensitive optoelectronic instruments. You will also build and direct a team of similarly skilled engineers to scale these capabilities across the company. With your strong background in low-noise mixed-signal electronics you will drive the development of the electronic control  architecture for the world’s first photonic quantum computers. 

Required qualifications and experience:

  • BSc or higher in electrical engineering, physics, or relevant related discipline
  • 5+ years industry or academic experience in a relevant discipline
  • 3+ years experience working in a technical leadership or primary engineering role developing custom electronics incorporating both analog and digital functions
  • Self-motivated, comfortable working both independently and collaboratively on complex projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

Preferred qualifications and experience:

  • MSc or PhD in electrical engineering, physics, or relevant related discipline
  • Strong expertise in low-noise ADC/DAC data acquisition and analog control systems
  • Experience with RF analog testing equipment (VNAs, ESAs, AWGs, etc)
  • Experience designing circuits for digitally controlling and acquiring data from sensitive low-noise analog devices
  • Strong understanding of both acoustic-band and RF electrical noise sources (ground loops, EMI from ambient radio and nearby electrical equipment, etc) and mitigation strategies (shielding, noise cancellation, etc)
  • Experience designing analog interfaces between custom instruments and FPGA-based digital control systems
  • Familiarity with DSP techniques
  • Knowledge of common communication protocols (Ethernet, USB, I2C, SPI, etc)
  • Experience with popular logic families (CMOS, TTL) and differential signalling
  • Experience with Altium, OrCAD, Eagle, KiCad, or similar design environments
  • Familiarity with principles of optics/photonics and common relevant components (photodiodes, modulators, lasers, fiber components)

Please submit a copy of your CV and any additional information outlining why you think this is the right role for you! We’re looking forward to reading your application.

Deadline to apply: March 3, 2021


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