Principal Software Engineer – Quantum Compilers

Berkeley, CA /
Software Engineering /
/ Hybrid
At Atom Computing, we’re building quantum computers using atomic arrays of optically trapped neutral atoms that will empower customers to achieve unprecedented computational breakthroughs. Join a world-class team of scientists, engineers, and business professionals to advance the state-of-the-art in quantum computing.
Atom Computing is seeking a Principal Software Engineer – Quantum Compilers who has a passion for writing quantum software and at least 6 years of post-degree professional experience to build quantum developer tools to enable our customers to seamlessly access our quantum computers and accelerate the development of our next-generation products.  In this role, which will report to the Senior VP of Control Systems & Software, you’ll work with a collegial and talented team of engineers and physicists to make your mark on the future of computing.  This position could also be located in Boulder, CO or Austin, TX.

Job Responsibilities

    • Develop intermediate representations, compilation/transpilation tools and optimizations, and quantum algorithm development tools.
    • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to define feature requirements and roadmaps for a full-stack quantum operation system.
    • Work closely with our Quantum Applications Engineers, Quantum Theorists, Quantum Engineers, and Control Systems Engineers to write idiomatic, well-tested, well-documented, maintainable, and extensible code for executing experiments and algorithms on our quantum hardware.

Experience & Education

    • BS or MS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, or related field.
    • At least 6 years of post-degree professional experience in software engineering or scientific computation.


    • Must have previous experience developing software for quantum computers in industry and/or academia and a solid grasp of quantum computing and quantum information concepts.
    • Previous experience in one or more of the following: developing compiler internals, runtimes, or programming languages; familiarity with compiler infrastructure tools such as LLVM or MLIR; a quantum programming framework such as Qiskit, Cirq, or Pennylane, and OpenQASM.
    • Coding proficiency in programming languages such as C/C++, Python, and Rust.
    • Documented ability to translate research results into functional production code.
    • Ability to effectively collaborate with software developers, physicists, and engineers in complementary disciplines.
    • Temperamentally suited to work at a fast-growing, early-stage startup: self-motivated, humble, driven, collaborative, and with a high tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty.
    • Familiarity with Git version control, automated testing, and software development best practices.
    • Willingness to learn atomic, optical, laser physics, and quantum mechanics concepts as required to put work in context.
    • A PhD in Physics or a related STEM field is welcome, but not required.
Atom Computing provides a wide variety of perks and benefits, including fully paid medical,
dental, and vision insurance for our employees and their dependents. Additionally, unlimited paid time off, 401K company matching, short- and long-term disability, FSA, dependent care benefits, and life insurance.  We also offer drinks, snacks, and catered team lunches in our offices, every day!
The base salary range for this position is between $180,000 - $210,000, commensurate with experience. In addition to salary, we offer an annual bonus and incentive stock options for equity in the company.
Atom Computing is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to Workplace Diversity.