2022-11-01T18:06:19-04:00 X, The Moonshot Factory
2022 PhD Residency - Electronics Photonics Design Automation (EPDA)
Internship
Mountain View, CA

X is Alphabet’s moonshot factory. We are a diverse group of inventors and entrepreneurs who build and launch technologies that aim to improve the lives of millions, even billions, of people. Our goal: 10x impact on the world’s most intractable problems, not just 10% improvement. We approach projects that have the aspiration and riskiness of research with the speed and ambition of a startup.

THE FOUNDATION OF AN AMAZING JOURNEY

Our goal at X is to make the world a radically better place. In order to do that we seek fresh unexpected perspectives, from different fields, and that’s why we’re excited about you. 

Life here isn’t easy, but it’s fun. We’re trying to build things most people can’t even imagine, and we’re doing it with the hope of making a huge, positive impact on the world. You’ll be embedded into a moonshot project, where you’ll partner with team members to solve key challenges. 

This isn’t your ordinary internship. You’ll be positively challenged and pushed professionally, in ways that you may have never experienced. If this excites you - keep reading.

DURING YOUR INTERNSHIP YOU CAN EXPECT:

  • To be placed on one of our confidential or public X projects
  • To get paid competitively and with Google benefits
  • To be part of a lively community of other Interns and Residents 
  • To addend colloquium and discussions with team leads from across Google, DeepMind and external organizations

DETAILS:

  • Location: X's headquarters in Mountain View, CA
  • Start Date(s): Year-round rolling basis
  • Duration: a flexible 4 mo. to 1 year program based on project team needs and your availability

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be enrolled in an academic program and working towards completing a PhD degree

WHAT YOU'LL BE WORKING ON:

  • Develop Photonics lab automation framework
  • Optimize grating couplers for Free space optical communications.
    • Optimize sub 1dB grating coupler emitters
  • Help us review the project team's layout and simulation automation frameworks
  • Develop data analysis framework for analyzing experiments
  • Build photonic models for the components based on measurements and simulations

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Proven track record of contributions to relevant projects to open source projects
    • Lab automation
    • Simulation: FDTD (Meep or equivalent), EME, mode solver
    • Scripted layout
  • Python, GIT, optimization
  • Main developer, author, maintainer of at least one relevant open source project

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Open-source projects that demonstrate relevant skills.
  • Please submit GitHub / Gitlab profiles and links to the contributions to the relevant projects for your application to be considered

The US base salary range for this role is between $103,000 - $127,000 + benefits. Your recruiter will share more about the specific salary range for your targeted location during the hiring process.

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.

If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please contact us at: x-accommodation-request@x.team.

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