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Senior Software Engineer, Quantum Operating Systems

Location: College Park, Maryland

Team: Software

Type: Full-Time

IonQ is developing the world's most powerful full-stack quantum computer based on trapped-ion technology. We are pushing past the limits of classical physics and current supercomputing technology to unlock a new era of computing. Quantum computing has the potential to impact every area of human society for the better. IonQ’s computers will soon redefine industries like medicine, materials science, finance, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cryptography, and more. IonQ is at the forefront of this technological revolution.


We are looking for senior software engineers to help build our next-generation quantum operating system. Never worked on a quantum operating system? It’s much like an operating system for a robot, managing feedback loops at various time scales between sensors and actuators to create a precisely tuned environment where we can perform high fidelity quantum computations. In this role, you’ll help build the operating system which allows us to build the world’s best quantum computers.


  • Lead, design, architect, develop, test, deploy, maintain and improve major software components, systems, and features; being a small team, we count on each other to run with projects independently
  • Ensure the quality of our system through design and code reviews 
  • Assist in the career development of others, providing mentorship on advanced technical issues
  • Collaborate with an experienced interdisciplinary staff
  • Approach problems pragmatically
  • Help us continuously improve how we do things

The ideal candidate will have experience leading or contributing to multiple simultaneous product development efforts, projects, and initiatives. You’ll be able to balance technical expertise and savvy with strong business judgment to make great technology choices. You’ll strive for simplicity and demonstrate significant creativity and incisive judgment.

You’d be a good fit with:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or equivalent practical experience -- untraditional backgrounds are welcome here
  • 10+ years experience in software development in one or more general-purpose programming languages (like Go, Rust, or C++)
  • Excellent engineering skills in a few key areas:
    • Multithreaded programming and execution
    • Real-time/embedded systems
    • Distributed systems
    • Interfacing with hardware via Ethernet, USB, serial, etc.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A love of collaborating in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Empathy: you'll work closely with our internal team of physicists who depend on our software every day 

You’d be a great fit with:

  • Master’s degree or PhD in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related technical field
  • Deep expertise in Go and/or Rust
  • A background in robotics
  • Experience with programmatic device control (SCPI, MODBUS, etc. over serial, USB, TCP)
  • Prior work with relational, document and time-series DBs
  • Experience with embedded OS and/or control plane development — programming embedded applications with a heavy data flow dependency
  • Experience developing hardware abstraction libraries
  • Machine learning experience
  • Familiarity with digital signal processing

Our HQ is located in College Park, Maryland and we are a 15 minute metro ride from Washington DC. We are actively building out teams in the Washington D.C., Seattle, and Boston metro areas and will want to locate you in one of these geographies. However, IonQ will be expanding into additional geographies both domestically and internationally so don’t let this stop you from applying.
At IonQ, we believe in fair treatment, access, opportunity and advancement for all, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers. We empower employees to thrive by fostering a culture of autonomy, productivity, and respect. We are dedicated to creating an environment  in which any individual can feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued.
We are committed to equity and justice. We welcome different voices and viewpoints and do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, sexual orientation, and military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
If you are interested in being a part of this team and mission, we encourage you to apply.