Cryogenic Engineer

Department/faculty: QuTech
Level: Doctorate
Working hours: 38.0 hours weekly
Contract: 1 year initially with prospect of extension
Salary: 2588 - 4757 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.

Cryogenic measurements - both DC transport and high-frequency - are at the core of our qubit activities. We deal with various types of cryogenic test equipment, as well as custom and COTS RF/DC electronic systems and require extensive electrical characterization of our devices. As a cryo engineer in our lab you will closely work with researchers to design, build, and test new cryogenic components to enable state-of-the-art qubit experiments. Your dedication will make sure that research progresses smoothly, and experiments can be conducted at the highest level.


  • PhD in physics or electrical engineering or Master's degree with additional relevant work experience;

  • At least three years of experience with operating and maintaining dilution refrigerators;

  • Experience with 3D CAD tools such as Inventor or SolidWorks;

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;

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

Preference will be given to candidates with the following skills:

  • Experience with RF test equipment such as spectrum analyzers and vector network analyzers;

  • Experience with RF modeling tools such as Sonnet, Microwave Office, or HFSS;

  • Experience with PCB design.


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 or 11 (dependent on knowledge and experience) with a maximum of € 4757,- 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 QuT18-061 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 - 4757 euros monthly (full-time basis)

Closing date
Sept. 15, 2018
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