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Software Engineer spin-qubit research

Be part of cutting-edge quantum technology at the heart of the Netherlands and help us shape the future of quantum innovation with us!

Job description

Join us as a software engineer at QuTech, working for the spin qubit laboratory and help us achieve the quantum future.

In the spin-qubit laboratory we investigate and improve the properties of qubits in devices made of semiconductor material and develop technology to control many qubits as required for a useful quantum computer.

Small teams of physicists work on various experiments with state-of-the art laboratory equipment that is controlled by a rapidly growing software stack. This is where you will come in to support and collaborate with the researchers on spin-qubits.

You will write software and work side-by-side with the researchers who also write code for their experiments. You will be part of the team of software engineers, physicists and other scientists. This is a team of enthusiastic and creative people that support each other and celebrate success together.

In this role, you will also work on various types of software varying from control software for the laboratory equipment, to data visualization, image processing and data management. Naturally, you will also write documentation for the software. We use open-source software. You will maintain our own open-source software libraries and collaborate with developers of software maintained by other parties.


We are looking for a pragmatic and hands-on Software engineer who likes to work in a multidisciplinary project team. Within this team you are the software specialist and able to communicate your solutions with other disciplines. You can troubleshoot problems and make quick fixes and temporary solutions, followed by well-designed and robust solutions as required to keep expanding the software capabilities of the research laboratory. You can turn prototype code of researchers into robust and maintainable software.

We would like you to have:

  • A Degree in computer science or a technical Degree
  • Experience with Python (3 years+)
  • Experience with GUI programming, Git, GitHub and open-source software
  • Experience with Linux and server systems
  • Comfortable to operate in a challenging and constantly changing environment
  • Good communicator, fluent in English and able to engage with various customers, partners and suppliers

Nice to have:

  • Experience with programming of lab equipment or other hardware control
  • Experience with databases

We believe in the power of an inclusive organizational culture and think it is important that everyone can be themselves. Whether it concerns age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, cultural background: everyone is welcome!

Conditions of employment

As a Software Engineer, you will receive a 1-year TU Delft contract with a potential for extension. Because we are reaching out to a large target audience, we will offer 2 different scales: Scale 10 (€3226 gross to €5090 gross) for junior to mid-senior candidates and Scale 11 (€4332 gross to €5929 gross) for senior candidates both based on 38h per workweek. This range reflects our commitment to supporting professionals at different stages of their careers and offering competitive compensation. We are also dedicated to providing a supportive and inclusive working environment where you can learn and grow every day.

On top of that we also offer:

  • A Duration of contract of 12 months with prospect for extension.
  • A job of 32 to 38 hours per week.
  • An excellent pension scheme via the ABP.
  • The possibility to compile an individual employment package every year.
  • Discount on health insurance.
  • Flexible working week.
  • Every year, 232 leave hours (at 38 hours). You can also sell or buy additional leave hours via the individual choice budget.
  • Plenty of opportunities for education, training and courses.
  • Partially paid parental leave.
  • Attention for working healthy and energetically with the vitality program.

TU Delft

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 as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!


QuTech is a mission-driven research institute run jointly by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). Together, we work on a radically new technology with world-changing potential, developing scalable prototypes of a quantum computer and an intrinsically safe quantum internet.

We are creating the quantum future, and we believe that quantum technology will be a game changer in many social and economic sectors – including health, agriculture, climate and safety. To achieve our ambitious goals, we bring together scientists, engineers and industry in an inspiring environment, with plenty of space for ambition, entrepreneurship and innovation. Our research and engineering activities are conducted in three divisions: Quantum Computing, Quantum Internet and Qubit Research. 220 FTE and over 300 curious people work in our divisions and support teams, and we actively welcome new colleagues who share our vision and enthusiasm.

Have a look at our video and get a glimpse of QuTech.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Sander de Snoo, Software and Numerical Simulation Engineers at QuTech at S.L.deSnoo@tudelft.nl

For questions about the procedure, please contact our Senior Recruiter Audrey Monje at A.Monje@tudelft.nl.

Application procedure

Have you become enthusiastic about this vacancy? Then apply directly via the ‘Apply’ button before 1 September 2024. We look forward to receiving your motivation and resume.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.
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Get a glimpse of QuTech!

Are you curious about QuTech, our labs where we work on the development of quantum internet and quantum computers or our awesome colleagues? Watch this video and get a glimpse of QuTech!

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