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Device Fabrication Engineer

100%, Zurich, temporary

At the Quantum Device Lab (, led by Andreas Wallraff and Christopher Eichler at the Department of Physics (, we conduct state of the art experimental research in quantum information science and quantum computing with superconducting electronic circuits. Our research crucially relies on engineered solid-state devices, which we fabricate using thin film deposition, etching, and lithography techniques at the micro- and nanoscale. We carry out these processes in state-of-the-art fabrication facilities located at ETH Hönggerberg (, at IBM Rüschlikon ( and at PSI Villigen ( To strengthen our research and development activities we are looking for a highly motivated fabrication engineer with an interest in research and process development.

Job description

As a successful candidate you will be involved in a diverse range of activities and work in close collaboration with researchers in a stimulating and interdisciplinary research environment. In particular, you will participate in the development of scalable quantum hardware based on multi-chip modules and on advancing the quality of materials, processes and interfaces. Your tasks will include the development of new and existing fabrication processes, the execution thereof, as well as the technical and scientific documentation of your work. You will also take responsibility and contribute to the purchasing and maintenance of research equipment and characterization tools, as well as the training and support of your collaborators in operating them.

Your profile

We are looking for candidates who ideally have gained experience in an academic and/or industrial setting in a number of the following areas: Thin film deposition, optical and electron beam lithography, chemical and reactive ion etching, surface characterization and imaging techniques (e.g. SEM, AFM, XPS, reflectometry, profilometry, optical imaging), flip-chip bonding and 3D integration technology, systematic process development, UHV technology, cryogenic characterization (such as critical temperature measurements), material science, work experience in cleanroom facilities. Successful applicants can demonstrate experience in systematically documenting their work and are skilled in communicating their findings to their collaborators.

This position offers candidates – both at the early career stage and at a senior level – a path to embed themselves into the rapidly emerging field of quantum technology and provides exposure to a wide range of challenges and learning opportunities in a fast-moving research setting.

Candidates must possess excellent English communication skills; German knowledge is favorable, but not required.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
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We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Letter of motivation
  • CV
  • 1-2 page summary describing your previous experience in device fabrication
  • List of references, transcripts & certificates 

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about the Quantum Device Lab can be found on our website Questions regarding the position should be directed to Christopher Eichler, or Andreas Wallraff, (no applications).

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