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Systems Software Engineer – Quantum internet

Come join QuTech and create the Quantum Future!

Job description

QuTech is a mission-driven research institute run jointly by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Netherlands Organisation 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.

Our divisions and support teams include 220 FTE and over 300 dedicated people. Today, we are looking for an experienced Systems Software Engineer to join our Quantum internet division.

Your role as a Systems Software Engineer:

As a Systems Software Engineer at QuTech you will become an integral part in the Quantum Internet Alliance (QIA), a European collaboration between more than 40 industrial and academic organizations.

The mission of QIA is to build a global Quantum Internet by developing a full-stack prototype network validating all key sub-systems, and by driving an innovative European Quantum Internet ecosystem capable of scaling all sub-systems to world-leading European technology.

In the Quantum Internet Software Stack team, we develop the core network software systems for quantum networks. Originally developed as a proof-of-concept demonstration, our software stack has now become a core element of QIA’s quantum networks. Our operating system is the first software stack in the world capable of executing high-level quantum network applications written in Python on cutting edge quantum network hardware.

We are now looking for a Systems Software Engineer to join and help us make our systems more efficient and faster by adding new capabilities to our hardware-software interface and more scalable by enhancing our first-in-the-world quantum network protocol stack.
In this new challenge, you will have the chance to collaborate with researchers at QuTech and other European research organisations within QIA to integrate our software systems with the newest cutting edge quantum network platforms.

At QuTech we are also committed to bringing promising technology from proof-of-concepts in the lab into practical use in real world use cases and thus you will be part of projects which aim to raise the technology readiness level of our systems and prepare for commercial trials and early industrial use cases.

This is a unique and exciting challenge, where you will be able to use your knowledge and experience to help create a new ground-breaking technology.


Our main requirement is to have someone with a very strong and demonstrable knowledge of C/C++ programming.

Additionally, any of the points below would also be desirable:

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or Physics.
  • 2 or more years of professional software development experience.
  • Knowledge of Python programming.
  • Experience in embedded development tools and programming.
  • Experience in computer network programming: distributed systems or network control planes.
  • Experience working in Agile teams.
  • Demonstrable interest in quantum technologyDutch citizenship or a European working permit is required to apply.

Conditions of employment

The software engineering position is a 0.8 – 1.0 FTE role, with a minimum of 32 hours per week and a maximum of 38 hours per week. This is a project for one year with the option to become structural. The UFO profile is ICT Developer 3 to Developer 2, with a full-time salary based on VSNU-CAO scale 10 to 11 (salary min 2846 to 5.230 gross per month on a fulltime basis).

On top of that, TU Delft/QuTech offers a great customizable compensation package with a generous holidays (41 days off if you work full time), attractive pension scheme, holiday allowance in May and a 13th month pay (paid as a pro-rata bonus in December). We also offer a discount for health insurance, sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers our employees childcare 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

Your contract will be with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), an organisation 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.

For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers in both business and social contexts. TU Delft offers 16 Bachelor’s and 32 Master’s programs to more than 23,000 students. Our scientific staff consists of 3,500 staff members and 2,800 PhD candidates. Together we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to ensure positive change on a global scale:

Challenge. Change. Impact!

Application procedure

For information about this position, you can contact Önder Karpat, Quantum Internet Division Engineering Lead at QuTech at O.Karpat@tudelft.nl

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

Please note that we will start the recruitment process as soon as we receive applications.

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