Low Temperature Physicist

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Salary range: $100,000+, commensurate with skills, relevant education, training, and experience.
Jun 11, 2024
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Jun 25, 2024

Why Zero Point Cryogenics?

Do you have a passion for cutting-edge technology and the personality to work at a deep-tech company? Do you enjoy innovation and want to work on advanced technologies that are going to change the world? This is your opportunity to grow with a rapidly expanding deep-tech company in Canada! We are a team of highly motivated, educated, and skilled individuals who work closely to solve complex problems, and we want your input. 

In our company, nobody is just a number. We put our people first, and that's why one of our four values is ‘Enjoy Life’: work life and home life. At ZPC we work closely with all of our employees to build a flexible work schedule that meets their needs.

Our Values: ask us about them! 

  • We are going to make mistakes in the Pursuit of Innovation.
  • When we share our thoughts and ideas our best products will be Built Through Teamwork.
  • We hold each other accountable to ensure that nothing leaves our facilities that do not meet our highest Standard of Quality.
  • We spend time every day on tasks that bring us satisfaction and purpose with the intent to Enjoy Life.

What we do?

At Zero Point Cryogenics we are growing quickly and commercializing our core product, dilution refrigerators, which are the primary low-temperature platform for quantum computers and quantum technology research. We design, fabricate, assemble, test, and install state-of-the-art dilution refrigerators for our customers in quantum computing companies as well as university and government labs that use these tools to advance critical scientific research. Born from a low-temperature physics research group, with a focus on low-temperature excellence, at ZPC, innovation is in our roots.  We are continuously improving our current systems and developing new systems to meet the varying needs of our customers.  

Who we are looking for?

*If you do not meet some or all of the below qualifications, and believe you would still be a strong candidate, please apply. 

We are looking for a highly technical hands-on problem solver to work with our Research and Development team as a Low Temperature Physicist and subject matter expert on dilution refrigerator technology. Our ideal candidate will be accustomed to working with dilution refrigerators and other cryostats while being familiar with fabrication and assembly settings. They will be able to prioritize multiple concurrent projects and be passionate about doing so in a clean and organized manner.  This role is integral to our success as we commercialize our core product. The ideal person for this role is enthusiastic to step into this position and grow with us.

What you will do? 

You will help Zero Point continue in our pursuit of innovation in solving some of the world's most complex problems in cryogenics and quantum computing. We expect you to ask questions, learn, be open to growth, and attend technical training as required. You will:

  • Work closely with our Research & Development team to develop and advance the state of the art in dilution refrigerators, ancillary products and other cryostats.
  • Work closely with our Research & Development team to develop processes for repeatability of assembly and manufacture of critical components.
  • Help resolve production and manufacturability challenges.
  • Work to improve and advance cooling power and base temperature as we adopt new and larger fridge designs.
  • Aid in the integration of superconducting magnets and any other ongoing R&D projects that will be undertaken.
  • Help with customer-facing interactions both in person and over video call.
  • Read manufacturer’s manuals, drawings, and quality control specifications for assembly procedures.

You will succeed in this role if you have

  • Motivation and work ethic to stay engaged in a fast-paced, creative problem-solving environment.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written, with the ability to clearly articulate ideas and challenges with a collaborative attitude.
  • A high sense of responsibility for the technical quality of work, own and learn from your mistakes, and hold yourself accountable for continuous improvement.
  • Willingness to take on unfamiliar tasks and to help the team learn what you figure out.
  • Openness to respectfully take guidance and training from the Assembly Lead, Machinist, and Physicists.
  • A sense of ownership for the space that you are working in.
  • Familiarity with various types of fasteners, wiring, materials, and chemicals.
  • Ability to take accurate dimensional measurements using a variety of measuring tools.
  • Excellent work history and solid references.

Strong candidates will have

  • Experience working with dilution refrigerators in an industry or academic setting, or both.
  • PhD or MSc in physics or a related discipline, or equivalent experimental research experience.
  • Experience in fabrication and assembly settings.
  • Excellent time management and task-prioritization skills.
  • Documentation skills to create internal and external documentation relating to summarizing experimental results.
  • Ability to work with a high degree of independence and integrate cohesively within the team.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize duties, and quickly assume new tasks as required.
  • A passport (or the ability to get one) and the ability to pass security clearance checks for installing dilution refrigerators in our customers' facilities. 

*If you do not meet some or all of the above qualifications, and believe you would still be a strong candidate, please apply. 


Salary range: $100,000+, commensurate with skills, relevant education, training, and experience. Relocation assistance is available. 

ZPC offers a comprehensive group benefits plan for employees and their eligible dependents that is effective immediately upon hire. All employees will be eligible to participate in other profit-sharing programs as they become available. As part of this role, equity in Zero Point Cryogenics can be negotiated depending on skills and experience.

Location and Schedule

Our manufacturing facility is located at 9773 45th Ave NW, Edmonton. This position is full-time Monday to Friday, starting between 7 am-9 am.  We aim to create a flexible work schedule that allows our employees to meet obligations outside of work. However, there may be irregular hours to meet certain deadlines and we will be required to track our time for project costing. We expect the candidate to work the necessary hours to complete all tasks; however, the salary is based on the position and is not on an hourly basis. Only local applicants or those who can relocate themselves will be considered.

Please note that certain hazards, including high magnetic fields, are intermittently present in our shop which could have the potential to cause risk to individuals with various implanted medical devices. Please do not hesitate to contact us at kailey@zpcryo.com if you need more information about these hazards to determine your suitability for the role.

Accommodations  ZPC is an equal-opportunity employer. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations and will work with you to meet your needs. If you are a person with a disability and require assistance during the application process, please don’t hesitate to reach out! We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including those with disabilities. If you require any accommodations, please email kailey@zpcryo.com and we will work with you to meet your needs. Accommodation may be provided in all parts of the hiring process. We celebrate our inclusive work environment and welcome members of all backgrounds and perspectives to apply.

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