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Software Engineer - Quantum and Classical Compilers

Malibu, CA, USA Req #524
Monday, April 5, 2021

Located in Malibu, California, HRL has been on the leading edge of technology, conducting pioneering research and advancing the state of the art.

HRL is a world-leader in silicon quantum dot technologies. At HRL, we engage in the development of a full quantum device and computation stack, including an optimizing compiler for a quantum programming language.

As a Compiler Engineer within the Quantum Programming group, you will be a core contributor to this stack, including both maintenance and significant new feature development. The compiler is primarily written in Common Lisp, and interfaces with a lot of software, both as a library and as a stand-alone application. As such, in this role, you will have opportunities to work on both quantum compilers as well as open-source Lisp compilers, especially in the area of the optimization and deployment of Lisp programs.



  • Bachelors in mathematics or computer science, or equivalent knowledge gained through industry experience

  • Outstanding programming skills, including full cycle software development with git

  • Expertise in Common Lisp

  • Superb understanding of operating system fundamentals, the C ABI, programming language runtimes, and programming language implementation

  • Excellent skills in profiling and debugging

  • Good written and verbal communication; punctual; strongly self-motivated

  • U.S. Citizen


  • Experience doing academic research in computer science or mathematics

  • Demonstrated skills working on an industrial-strength compiler

  • Knowledge of Steel Bank Common Lisp

  • Familiarity with static and strong functional typing disciplines.

  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of quantum computing (not necessary, but a bonus)

  • Familiarity with scientific and numerical computing

This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a "U.S. Person" as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required. "U.S. Person" includes U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.

HRL offers a very competitive compensation and benefits package. Our benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401K match, gym facilities, PTO, growth potential, and an exciting and challenging work environment.
HRL Laboratories is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in recruiting, hiring, training or promoting, on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, medical condition, U.S. military or protected veteran status, union membership, or political affiliation. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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