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Vice President, Software Engineering and Operations

ColdQuanta, Inc.

This is a Full-time position in Boulder, CO posted November 22, 2021.

Vice President, Software Engineering and Operations

Boulder, Colorado, United States Quantum Computing Full time

Quantum computing is a novel computing approach that uses the properties of quantum mechanics to process information in fundamentally new and powerful ways.

Quantum computers have the potential to radically alter the nature of information processing and solve currently intractable problems with enormous commercial and societal impact.

ColdQuanta is using cold atoms to build the world’s most useful quantum computer.

We are seeking a Vice President of Software Engineering and Operations to help realize our vision and put ColdQuanta at the very leading edge of this transformational new industry.

Role and responsibilities

  • Develop a world-class software and cloud services organization, developing and delivering the software and operational systems to run the world’s most useful quantum computers
  • Overall responsibility for the definition, development and execution of the full software stack (from end customer interaction through to qubit control, optimization and modelling) for ColdQuanta’s quantum computing business
  • Lead the software team in building and operating advanced quantum computing cloud services and quantum computing control systems
  • Manage, develop, build and mentor the software team, and collaborate with physicists, electrical engineers, application scientists and external vendors
  • Develop the infrastructure and systems to deliver quantum computing as a cloud service, through ColdQuanta’s cloud and through multiple public cloud services
  • Coordinate the development of requirements with stakeholders in R&D, engineering, marketing, and executive management
  • Provide technical, hands-on, leadership and expertise in developing robust, scalable and secure software solutions
  • Communicate software development roadmaps, resource needs, and high-level decisions between the team and executive management


  • Proven ability to hire, develop and lead world-class software teams in a highly technical domain
  • Experienced with all aspects of developing software applications that include control of real time hardware, statistical data analysis, automated optimization modules, user interface, graphical display of data, and cloud services
  • Proven track record in working collaboratively with Product Management, customers and technical stakeholders to design systems to meet requirements and deliver on time and within budget
  • Extensive systems engineering expertise in complex environments
  • Comfortable working with hardware and embedded engineers to build high performance, real time systems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Broad knowledge of modern development methodologies such as agile and scrum, multiple programming languages, CS theory, modern CI/CD techniques, cloud services architectures, web interfaces and cybersecurity best practices
  • 10+ years of experience in commercial software development, including 5+ years of experience leading development teams
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Physics or related field
  • Understanding of quantum computing, optimal control theory and machine learning
  • Knowledge of analog, digital, and RF electronic systems
  • Adept at the mathematical analysis of statistical data and able to guide implementation of advanced strategies for optimization of total system performance
  • Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D)
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick & Public Holidays)

ColdQuanta does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other reason prohibited by law in provision of employment opportunities and benefits.