Senior Software Engineer, Compilers

Remote Coquitlam, BC

Please include a cover letter with your resume (in one file) describing how you would be a great fit at Photonic and what attributes you could bring to our growing team.

Software Engineers at Photonic are part of the Quantum Development team, providing the software “surround” for our quantum processors based on silicon colour centres. As a compiler expert, you design, implement, optimize, debug, test and deliver compiler features and tools for our quantum processors. You move fluidly from strategic architecture discussions to articulating requirements to translating those requirements into clean production code. You will work closely with impactful teams of product engineers and scientists on a range of topics. 


  • Design, develop, test, and maintain our innovative and proprietary compiler
  • Propose, design, defend, and implement complex optimization passes, and intermediate representations
  • Compiler testing process support
  • Collaborate with experienced cross-disciplinary teams to conceive, design, and develop features
  • Plan and develop support for various quantum circuit intermediate representations
  • Evaluating external software and existing intermediate representations
  • Propose/represent new standards
  • Work through ambiguous or undefined problems and think abstractly to come up with creative solutions to challenging problems
  • Provide technical leadership to the team
  • Work in an agile environment to deliver high-quality software
  • Effectively articulate technical challenges and solutions
  • Evangelize proper software development practices throughout the team
  • Collaborate with the Photonic team to tailor fault-tolerant architectures to real-world silicon devices
  • Identify and resolve issues
  • Train, guide, and develop current and additional team members


  • Graduate degree in computer science, preferably with a focus on compilers
  • 2+ years of experience working on compilers, assemblers, bonus if you have experience with a quantum compiler
  • 5+ years of industry experience delivering high-quality software
  • You have deep knowledge of computer architecture and a solid understanding of mapping code to hardware instructions
  • Significant experience contributing to the architecture and design (architecture, design patterns, reliability, and scaling) of new and existing systems
  • Deep experience with the full life cycle of software management
  • Strong proven ability in building high-performance and fault-tolerant systems
  • Expertise across the full spectrum of compiler architecture (front-end, optimizers and back-end)
  • Familiarity with compiler concepts, such as LLVM, MLIR, SIMD, MIMD, Advanced Vector Extensions and Heterogeneous computing
  • Strong knowledge of data structures, algorithms, optimization, instruction selection and scheduling 
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to express complex technical concepts in a clear and easy to understand way
  • Problem-solving skills and ability to resolve ambiguous requirements
  • Experience working in a start-up company (or equivalent fast-paced environment), working with senior leadership, scientists, and engineers
  •  Demonstrated ability to creatively solve problems, prioritize, and manage simultaneous tasks
  • Outstanding teamwork skills


  • Get in on the ground floor with a quantum startup company set to revolutionize computing
  • Work closely with some of the brightest innovators in quantum technologies
  • Enjoy a fast-paced and fun environment where you can take risks while tackling cutting-edge challenges every day
  • Inclusive and open company culture
  • Competitive salary, benefits (including life insurance, extended health, dental, long term disability, and a flexible spending account), and potential upside

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