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Systems Software Engineer – Quantum Networks

Be part of cutting-edge quantum technology at the heart of the Netherlands. Become a Systems Software Engineer at QuTech and shape the future of quantum innovation with us!

Job description

Join us as a Systems Software Engineer and become a key member of QuTech’ s Stack Team at our cutting-edge research center on the buzzing campus of Delft University of Technology.

The main goal of the Stack Team is to build a high-level, programmable, and automated software control of next-generation quantum networks based on quantum entanglement. This will enable the use of quantum network nodes in real-world telecommunications networks.
In this role, you will be joining a divers and inclusive team of 5 Software Engineers embedded in QuTech’ s wider software and simulations team (~ 20 FTE). You will be working closely with research groups at QuTech’ s Quantum Internet Division.

On daily basis, you will play a key role in designing, implementing and testing the software stack for next-generation quantum networks based on quantum entanglement. This opportunity will bring a new challenge every day and give you the chance to develop yourself and think outside of the box.

What you will be doing:

  • Designing, implementing, and testing of pre-standards quantum network protocols based on academic research proposals.
  • Modifying the design in the face of unexpected research challenges.
  • Being responsible for the software architecture of the networking stack following the Software-Defined Networking (SDN) paradigm.
  • Together with experimentalists you will be designing and participating in experiments to demonstrate successful hardware/software integration and the functionality of the network stack.
  • Being the subject matter expert on networking in the team. You will be the main contact point for other teams in QuTech and its collaborations about network protocols.
  • Communicating network architecture considerations with key stakeholders in QuTech and its collaborations.


We are looking for a Software Engineer with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Embedded Systems or similar, with experience in C++ and Python-based software development (minimum 3 years). We are not only considering experience and skills, but also your passion for this topic and the right attitude. At QuTech we are committed to creating an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity and inclusion, and we do encourage everyone to apply.

Additional qualifications that we are looking for:

  • Experience in network programming: POSIX sockets, TCP/IP, RPC.
  • Experience in designing and developing production-grade software.
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams across different organizations.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • An interest in quantum technology and willingness to gain a fundamental understanding in this field.

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.

Additionally, you will also receive:

  • A choice of working contract from 32 h to 38 h per week.
  • 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • 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)

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 of TU Delft and TNO. Together we’re working on a radical new technology with world-changing potential. We’re developing scalable prototypes of a quantum computer and a secure quantum internet.

We believe quantum technology will be a game changer in many social and economic sectors – including health, agriculture, climate, and security. To achieve our ambitious goals, we bring scientists, engineers, and industry together in an inspiring environment, with plenty of room for ambition, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Learn more about QuTech.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Nico Seidler, Project Manager at QuTech at n.s.seidler@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. 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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