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2020-02-26T21:07:30-05:00 X, The Moonshot Factory
Research Scientist, X

Software Engineering

Mountain View, CA (HQ)

The area: Google[x]

X is Alphabet’s moonshot factory where uncomfortably ambitious, world-changing ideas are developed and taken out into the world. X projects have the potential to transform the lives of billions of people and make the world a radically better place. For X to be successful, we have to repeatedly turn breakthrough technology ideas into products that solve large problems in the world, and create meaningful businesses for Alphabet.

Project Description:

We are exploring automated design for electromagnetic devices. This capability could enable applications ranging from integrated photonics to metasurfaces, and requires technical developments in ultra-large-scale simulators, novel optimization schemes, and prototyping/fabrication capabilities.

Role Description:

The position seeks highly-motivated flexible individuals who enjoy working in a small, dynamic interdisciplinary team environment and have a passion for solving challenging problems that can lead to high-impact advances in technology.


  • Participate in the exploration, validation, and implementation of optimization schemes for the automated design of electromagnetic systems, including gradient-based and other optimization approaches.
  • Contribute to the development of a world-class large-scale electrodynamics simulator.
  • Work with external collaborators and maintain relationships with relevant research labs and key individuals as appropriate.
  • Publish externally in journals as appropriate.

Minimum qualifications:

  • MS or PhD in machine learning, computer science, statistics, mathematics, physics or a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in computational methods for machine learning or the physical sciences: 3-5 years work experience, or PhD research. 
  • Publication track record in machine learning or scientific computing conferences and/or journals.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Additional research experience such as post-doctorate.
  • Contributions to open source and/or large-scale software projects.
  • Startup, skunkworks, or other entrepreneurial experience. Experience seeking out and pivoting based on new market or engineering information. 

At X, we don't just accept difference - we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

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