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Software Engineer Quantum Internet

Software Engineer Quantum Internet

Challenge Developing a quantum test network for Dutch cities by 2021
Change Enabling cryptographic applications such as secure communication
Impact Unparalleled capabilities that are provably impossible using classical communication

Job description

In this role you can be part of the Quantum revolution in communication. You will be co-building a fundamentally new network while developing your own talents in an open and challenging environment. To be a software engineer at the Quantum Internet Division means you are improving your own and our overall performance, and helping realise a large-scale quantum internet.
In this position, you will be part of a team that will provide hands-on support and advice in the labs to improve research and engineering being carried out by PhD- and postdoc-level researchers. You will design, develop and produce software which enable Quantum Internet technology in our research labs and the quantum test network across several Dutch cities.

QuTech is organized into several divisions. The Division of Quantum Internet is responsible for the quantum networks. The long-term vision of the Quantum Internet Division is to build and apply fundamentally new network technology by enabling quantum communication between any two points on earth. At short distances such networks provide a scalable path to building truly large-scale quantum computing systems by networking small quantum processors into one big quantum computing cluster. At long distances, a Quantum Internet will – in synergy with the ‘classical’ internet that we have today – connect quantum processors at a distance in order to achieve unparalleled capabilities that are provably impossible using classical communication.

The Quantum Internet Division aims to realize a small-scale quantum test network across several Dutch cities in 2021. This network will link sophisticated quantum processing devices and simple quantum equipment, enabling cryptographic applications such as secure communication. This requires integrated HW and SW at the cutting edge of research and development.
The Quantum Internet Division is recognized as a world leader in quantum networking, and leads the European Quantum Internet Alliance, a team effort of academia and industry across Europe with the long term goals of realizing a large scale quantum internet. The Quantum Internet Division is a highly collaborative multi-disciplinary division involving more than 50 researchers and engineers from all over the world. The Quantum Internet Division is young, driven, fast moving and determined to be the first to achieve these ambitious goals.


  • Degree in computer science, engineering or comparable discipline with a minimum of 2 years’ experience as a software engineer
  • C/C++, and Python, network and system programming, and programming for embedded systems
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English with the ability to work in a team environment
  • Preferred requirements: M.Sc. degree, experience with FreeRTOS, knowledge of object-oriented programming, Git, Agile, Scrum, familiarity with network protocols (IP, MPLS, Ethernet, routing, signalling, etc.), development on Linux and (to a lesser extent) MS Windows

Conditions of employment

This offer contains a temporary appointment for 1 year with the prospect of a permanent contract. The full-time salary is based on VSNU-CAO scale 10, ranging from 2.790 euro to a maximum of 4.402 euro gross per month. The actual salary will be based on your knowledge and relevant work-experience. Full-time means 38 working hours per week.
TU Delft / QuTech offers a customizable compensation package, an attractive pension scheme, holiday allowance, a generous amount of holidays, a 13th month pay, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers our employees child care and an international primary school. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (VSNU-CAO). Dutch citizenship or a European working permit is required to apply.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context. At TU Delft we embrace diversity and aim to be as inclusive as possible (see our Code of Conduct). Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Challenge. Change. Impact!


QuTech is the advanced research centre for Quantum Computing and Quantum Internet, located on campus at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). It is a joint research centre founded in 2014 by TU Delft and the Dutch Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). QuTech is at the forefront of research and development in quantum technology. The centre addresses both scientific and engineering challenges in close collaboration with internationally leading industrial partners. Within QuTech, 300 dedicated researchers of TNO and the TU Delft faculties EWI (Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences) and TNW (Applied Sciences) work closely together in an international and inspiring working environment that allows plenty of space for ambition, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Additional information

For more information about this position: contact Önder Karpat (Software Engineering Lead at The Quantum Internet Division) via O.Karpat@tudelft.nl.

With questions concerning the procedure: contact Laura Elshove (HR Advisor) via L.H.elshove@tudelft.nl.

Application procedure

To apply: please react before 1 October 2020 and email your detailed resume and application letter to secr-qutech@tudelft.nl (including the job reference number TUD00427). The job-interviews may be conducted online via Skype.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the application procedure.

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