Quantum Digital Design Engineer

Job Description

We are looking for a new recently-graduated SW or digital logic engineer to focus on digital design and digital signal processing on FPGAs for a variety of research and development projects with our quantum networking devices. Your role entails designing, building, testing, and documenting such systems, while keeping alignment with other scientists and engineers on the team.  You’ll be one of the core digital design engineers, a real hands-on coder, working on the core development of the FPGAs. 

You do not need to have previous experience with FPGAs but you do need to have the right way of thinking about digital systems. If you’ve really understood CPU architecture courses, written your own Arduino libraries to interface with other microcontrollers, or have resorted to bit hacking in your higher level programming, then you have the right idea. If you’ve understood how John Carmack’s fast inverse square root function is implemented (and are excited to build more hacks like it) then let’s talk.

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), but you do work independently, are a pro-active, hands-on person, and you can easily adapt to rapidly changing priorities. 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 who has recently graduated (or will graduate in the next few months), and has:

  • A master’s degree in engineering, electronics, computer science, or comparable.
  • Strong programming skills in a low level language like C, C++, or Rust.
    • Added value if you have experience in Linux, VHDL, Verilog
    • Added value if you have very good scripting skills, for example in Python
  • Proven skills in digital electronics/design, electronics, and practical experience with test & measurement equipment.
  • One or more of:
    • Fantastic marks in your studies
    • High quality and high volume open source contributions
    • (Completed) electronics or programming hobby projects
  • Interest and experience thinking in terms of:
    • Bits (versus bytes), Clock cycles (versus instructions), Concurrent behavior specifications (e.g. e.g. multithreaded programming or GPU programming), Functional behavior specifications (pure functional languages like Haskell)
  • Comfort moving rapidly between abstraction levels and answering questions like:
    • “Is the voltage on this physical pin correct?”
    • “Are we setting this signal to TRUE at the right clock cycle?”
    • “What is the best higher-level type to hide all these signals?”
    • “What is the best organization of our modules to express our design intent?”
  • A complex and balanced relationship with tooling
  • PCB Design experience is not required but would be a plus.
  • Demonstrated skills in the entire development cycle (ideally at a commercial vendor of communications / security equipment): Design, implementation, review, unit and functional testing, test-driven development, simulation, version control (git), requirements and defect tracking, and hardware integration would also be a plus
  • Eligible to work in the EU

We don’t expect that the successful applicant will satisfy all the above points, but has expertise in key areas and significant knowledge in most other 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

  • Starting Date: November 1st, 2023
  • Full-Time Employment
  • Monthly remuneration with competitive salaries
  • Flexible working hours
  • 33 days annual leave and holiday allowance
  • Travel and personal care and growth allowance
  • 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.
  • 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!

How to apply?

To apply for the position or to learn more about the position, contact us at joshua@q-bird.nl