QST Research Scientist | BlueHalo


Posted: 21-Jan-22

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Type: Full Time

Required Education: Doctorate



Job Function:


Years of Experience:


Additional Information:

Telecommuting is allowed.

Employer will assist with relocation costs.

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The researcher will be a team contributor to the Air Force Research Laboratories’ Quantum Sensing and Timing (QST) group. QST seeks to develop next-generation and generation-after-next precision inertial navigation and timing systems with GPS-like accuracy that can operate in challenging environments. A successful candidate will provide support for the group in multiple technical areas including optical clocks and time transfer, ultracold atomic systems, levitated optomechanics, high-power atom chips and/or integrated photonics.

Essential Functions

The researcher’s responsibilities will include:

  • Contribute to the development of a robust, low instability frequency standards
  • Have a firm understanding of sources of electronic and optical noise at different time scales
  • Able to characterize frequency standard performance
  • Provide assistance in other group efforts including
  • Atomic cooling and trapping
  • Levitated nanoparticles
  • Integrated photonics
  • Generation of presentations and reports detailing key research findings
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Strong attention to detail
  • Organizational skills to effectively record large volumes of data
  • Ability to execute work independently and to coordinate work with colleagues
  • Strong lab skills; knowledge of fiber optic components, systems, and procedures
  • Safety trainings will be provided, but the selected individual should understand that their safety in a laboratory working environment is primarily their own responsibility
  • Can quickly grasp new concepts and processes
  • Written and spoken communication
  • Strong scientific integrity

Work Environment
This job operates in a laboratory on Kirtland Air Force Base.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Yes, estimate less than 10% of the time

Required Education and Experience

  • degree in physics or a related field from an accredited university
  • Good organizational skills and ability to work independently, seeking support from team members when required
  • US Citizen able to obtain and maintain a Secret DoD clearance


Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience with optical frequency combs, laser control systems, and digital electronics
  • Proficiency with PYTHON or similar
  • Current Secret DoD Clearance or higher


Primary Location:

Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM

Relocation Available:


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