Device & Failure Analysis Engineering Lead at Microsoft

Delft, Netherlands
  • Job number 582682
  • Date posted Apr 2, 2019
  • Travel 25-50 %
  • Profession Hardware Engineering
  • Role type Individual Contributor
  • Employment type Full-Time

Microsoft’s Quantum Hardware group is exploring ways to build a full-stack quantum computer and has become the world’s center of expertise on topological quantum computing. The effort includes a group of theoretical and experimental teams around the world, who have been designing and optimizing all aspects of the quantum computer, from topological qubit designs, to cryogenic control and readout circuitry, to runtime software and quantum language compilers. Supporting this development effort requires motivated individuals to contribute new breakthroughs, ideas, and results in a fast-paced team environment.
The Quantum Device and Failure Analysis team will drive design, process, and materials solutions that drive the development of new quantum hardware technologies. Our mission is to leverage applied and materials science along with critical thinking to influence change through materials and fabrication development, novel characterization capabilities, and in-depth failure analysis for complex, time-sensitive issues.


As a Quantum Engineer at Microsoft you will be a key member of a global team studying topological physics in new materials systems and devices. Together with FTEs, post-docs, and students, you will closely work with our materials, fabrication, and theory and experiment teams to design and carry out characterization experiments aimed at understanding and improving these materials and devices and associated processes.
The candidate will lead a team performing failure analysis and drive meaningful actions and improvement to maximize learnings. This position will help guide the utilization of cutting-edge instrumentation/techniques and critical thinking to identify failure mechanisms and root causes for complex issues.
The role is expected to split time between sites in Copenhagen (Denmark) and Delft (Netherlands), with frequent collaboration with other Microsoft Quantum sites.


  • 8+ years’ experience in physical failure analysis, and technical expertise of semi- and superconducting materials and devices
  • Hands-on experience with basic failure analysis techniques preferred, such as but not limited to:
    • 2D/3D X-ray
    • Mechanical cross section/Dye & Pry
    • SEM/EDX
    • FTIR
    • Microscopy
    • Profilometry
  • Proven track record of solving complex problems
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, responsible for driving FA triage workstream, including reports and communication to key stake holders
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment to meet development milestones
  • B.S. in engineering discipline required, M.S. or Ph.D. preferred in Materials Science or related discipline
  • Understanding of mesoscopic physics, thermal-mechanical instrumentation, and material testing a plus

The candidate should demonstrate good interpersonal skills as they are expected to work with and drive many different and diverse functional teams across the organization, including contributors with both academic and industry backgrounds.
Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.
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