Simulation Engineer

Department/faculty: QuTech
Level: Doctorate
Working hours: 38.0 hours weekly
Contract: 1 year initially with prospect of extension
Salary: 2588 - 4084 euros monthly (full-time basis)


QuTech is a growing research institute, in the area of quantum computing. Established in 2013, QuTech is a public-private collaboration between Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). In 2014 the institute acquired the status of a national icon. Within QuTech a path is being laid from pure academic research to a combination of scientific research and professional technology development. QuTech's mission is the development of a quantum computer and quantum internet.

Within QuTech, a total of about 180 FTE scientists from TNO and the Faculties of Applied Sciences and Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science work in an international, inspiring, and innovative setting with much room for ambition, entrepreneurship and innovation. QuTech is organised into so-called Roadmaps: Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computing, Topological Quantum Computing, Quantum Internet and Computing, Shared Development, and the QuTech Academy.

The roadmap ”Topological Quantum Computing” is one of the leading groups in the field of topological condensed matter physics. Within this roadmap a group, led by Prof. Leo Kouwenhoven, of roughly 40 scientists, engineers and students, uses various semiconductor-superconductor hybrid systems to study the physics of Majorana zero modes. The aim of this research is to explore and develop the next generation of quantum hardware, based on topologically protected quantum bits (qubits). Within the QuTech/Microsoft partnership, the Topological Quantum Computing roadmap operates in close collaboration with the Microsoft Research Station Q in Delft.

Job description

Our research is focused on the development of new hybrid semiconductor-superconductor platforms to enable the application of Majorana bound states for topological quantum computing.

To support the experiments in our group we use a collection of commercial and custom software, ranging from commercial FEM packages to our own in-house measurement code. We are currently seeking a simulation engineer to support the development of our ground-breaking approach to quantum computing.

As a simulation engineer you will be part of the team that is responsible for the design, analysis, and interpretation of the state-of-the-art qubit experiments. As such, you will work closely together with both our theorists as well as experimental physicists. You are expected to have a deep understanding of the fundamental physics underlying our Majorana experiments, as well as to be interested in the engineering aspects of super-/semiconductor device design.


  • PhD in theoretical condensed matter physics or similar;

  • Affinity and experience with numerical methods in condensed matter physics (tight-binding calculations, transport calculations, CAD/FEM);

  • Pragmatic mindset and interest in application of theoretical knowledge to device design;

  • Strong team mentality and enthusiasm to work in a diverse, international team;

  • Experience with Python is a prerequisite, experience with C and/or Java is a plus.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in RF modelling.

Conditions of employment

This is a full-time position for 38 working hours per week (1 FTE). The position is offered for one year initially with the prospect of extension based on good performance. The salary is based on scale 10 with a maximum of € 4084,- gross per month on a fulltime basis.. TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers child care and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Leo Kouwenhoven, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail your CV, a list of publications, and the names and e-mail addresses of at least three references  along with a letter of motivation addressed to Prof. dr. ir. Leo Kouwenhoven. Please e-mail the requested information to Please refer to vacancy number QuT18-060 in your application.

Screening of the applications will begin on July 20, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated starting date is as soon as possible.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Working hours
38.0 hours weekly
1 year initially with prospect of extension
2588 - 4084 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Closing date
Sept. 15, 2018
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