Posted on: 6 april 2024

We are looking for a software engineer for our quantum networking device software engineering team. You will focus on new aspects of our research and development projects.  You’ll be one of the core software engineers, with full responsibility for owning problems and independently devising solutions for your own system components. To us, that means you’ll be designing, implementing, building, testing, and documenting your work, while keeping alignment with the other engineers on the team.

You’ll be a hands-on coder; a developer with full responsibility for both extending existing sub-systems and for building whole new sub-systems. We’ll give you full ownership of key software aspects of our quantum network device software. Tasks will be broad, and you’ll need to be comfortable determining system requirements. You’ll be working independently without a narrow focus and tackling different types of problems. You’ll be developing services in a service-oriented architecture, both between and within, a distributed system of network devices. You’ll be defining new communication protocols between quantum network devices, securing those protocols with cryptography, working on API design, interfacing with existing communication/routing infrastructure, and working with prototype systems. You’ll probably need to learn new skills and languages (e.g. Rust).  You’ll work most closely with the other software engineers and interact with the hardware team when needed.

You are passionate about advancing quantum and networking technologies and want to contribute to new ground-breaking tech. Familiarity with quantum is not required (we’ll teach you that). You can work independently, are a pro-active, hands-on person, and you can easily adapt to rapidly changing priorities. You need to be self-sufficient, work without relying on a big team and be comfortable with start-up environment. Above all, you’re a team player, and excited to work in a mixed team of hardware engineers, software engineers, and scientists.

Your Profile

You are someone with,

  • A master’s degree in computer science, engineering, or a comparable discipline.
  • A strong desire to develop one’s own code and tests.
  • You are a hands-on coder eager to deliver quality code.
  • Experience (ideally 3+ years) in Rust, or, experience in a similar programming language like Python, C++ or Go and a desire to learn Rust.
  • Experience (ideally 3+ years) developing commercial software. Ideally in the domains of networking products and/or secure communications and/or systems with high security requirements.
  • Experience in agile working methods.
  • Experience modern version control (git) and best practices like code-reviews.
  • Eligible to work in the EU.

We expect that the successful applicant will not satisfy all the above points, but has expertise in key areas and significant knowledge in most areas.

Who is Q*Bird?

Q*Bird is developing the hardware and software to enable quantum connectivity.  We invent, design, build, test, and produce systems for the next generation of secure communication: the quantum Internet. Our mission is to build quantum networking systems, support network building and work with industry and academia to accelerate the quantum Internet. Our devices combine developments on many fronts, from optical systems, high-end hardware platforms, robust embedded software, and new networking protocols. As such, our team is composed of experts with many different backgrounds in physics, engineering, software development, academic research, and real industry experience. We’re motivated to solve hard problems and bring quantum to reality. And we’re proud to be working on projects that matter and bring value to our commercial, industry and government partners. Our dreams are ambitious.  And our growing team desires talented, curious, motivated teammates to help make quantum networking systems real.

We are a start-up located in Delft, the Netherlands, in the Quantum Delft ecosystem, with close partnerships with QuTech, Quantum Delta Netherlands and other quantum companies.

What Q*Bird offers

  • Opportunity to be part of the quantum revolution in a quantum start-up, and to build the next generation of digital infrastructure. Join us to create the Quantum Future!
  • Starting Date: Flexible
  • Full-Time Employment
  • Monthly remuneration with competitive salaries
  • Flexible working hours
  • 32 days annual leave and holiday allowance
  • Travel and personal care and growth allowance
  • Participation Plan
  • Company-sponsored social events
  • A young, energetic, fun, team of highly skilled physicists, engineers, and industry expects, with an open working culture
  • An international team that places a value on equality and diversity, no matter the race, religion, background, gender, or any of the differences that give each of us that unique perspective to strengthen the team
  • Plenty of room for new initiatives and new ideas, and a chance to develop yourself at the cutting-edge of technology.

How to apply?

To apply for the position or to learn more about the position, contact us at