Senior Software Engineer to lead Software Development Support Team

QuTech is the advanced research center for quantum computing and quantum internet. It is a partnership between Delft University of Technology and the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), founded in 2014. We strive to develop scalable prototypes of a quantum computer, as well as a secure quantum internet, based on superposition and entanglement. To achieve these ambitious goals, we bring together world-class scientists, engineers and industrial partners in an inspiring environment.

Research at QuTech takes place along three mission-driven scientific roadmaps, focusing on the development of fault-tolerant quantum computing (FTQC), topological quantum computing (TOPO), and quantum internet and networked computing (QINC). QuTech also recognizes cross-cutting roadmaps: Shared Development (SD), translating research into applications; and QuTech Academy, encompassing the institute’s educational activities.

Availability of adequate software is a key enabler for performing QuTech’s research. This software includes scientific instrument control technologies, simulation of quantum phenomena and quantum computers, as well as web front-end and back-end development, and infrastructure software.

To optimally support its research, QuTech is setting up a Software Development Support Team (SDST) that develops and maintains QuTech’s key software tools and provides technical support to the different roadmaps. The SDST is staffed with 3-4 experienced software engineers who cooperate closely with the scientists and (software) engineers in the roadmaps in order to deliver high quality software products.

QuTech is looking for a senior software engineer to lead the SDST.

Job description:

The Netherlands occupies a unique position of expertise in the area of quantum technology, with QuTech at its core. Come work as a SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER at our growing research center, located on the buzzing campus of Delft University of Technology.

We are seeking a senior software engineer who can adopt a leading role in our Software Development Support Team (3-4 fte). In this position, you and your team will support the software development activities of the roadmaps and lead software maintenance activities within QuTech. Your responsibilities include:

•Coordinate the activities of the SDST.
•Conduct project management activities, such as prioritizing and scheduling activities, tracking progress, aligning work across different roadmaps, communicating with various stakeholders and keep the focus on delivering software support.
•Develop and recommend high quality software development processes.
•Stimulate the quality of the team and the personal development of the team members
•Ensure training of developers, engineers and researchers in high quality software engineering.

Job requirements:

•Passionate about software maintenance/support and service driven
•Experience in software project management, including agile project management
•Good communication and people management skills
•Degree in computer science, engineering or comparable discipline
•Experienced (6+ years) in all aspects of the software development lifecycle, in various software architectures
•Fluency in object oriented programming in Python and C++
•Experience with software design methods
•Experience with code quality measures
•Experience with configuration management
•Comfortable to operate in a challenging and constantly changing environment
•Good command of the English language
•In possession of an EU working permit

General details of vacancy:

Areas of work: IT
Professional and intellectual level: University level
Type of employment: temporary, 1 year with the intention of a permanent contract.
Working hours: 38-40 hours
Salary: Min 3637 euro – max 5656 euro gross per month based on a full-time basis.

Other information:

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Dr. Klaas Jan de Kraker, email: or +31 88 8663974.

To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application before September 22, 2019 to

Mrs Jolijn Leeuwenburgh, management assistant,