What will you be doing?
You will be working in the Quantum Technology department of TNO, in close collaboration with the TUDelft in the QuTech research center for quantum computing and quantum internet. QuTech addresses scientific challenges as well as engineering issues in a joint center of know-how with industrial partners.
TNO’s focus within QuTech is to apply scientific knowledge and technology into higher TRL applications. One such application consists of a demonstrator effort lead by you and involving the design, building and operation of a generic Quantum Computer Demonstrator Platform: Quantum Inspire (www.quantum-inspire.com). A milestone was reached on the 20th of April 2020 with the release of Quantum Inspire v1.0 to the public, making it the first such European demonstrator, but also a world first demonstrator that showcases two technologies (transmon as well as spin qubit technology) and the first demonstrator with the spin technology.
The project is now reaching a new phase, where the system needs to be maintained for 24/7 availability via cloud access, as well as further parallel development of new technology that will be added to the online system. As Project Manager, you will coordinate these efforts and be involved in the positioning of this platform in the national context as well as within Europe. You will be surrounded by a team (~ 20 people) of scientists, engineers and technicians from TU Delft, TNO and subcontracted parties that conduct the work.
What do we require of you?
Experience in developing and leading large R&D projects on the topic of quantum computing is not a requirement but is a plus.
- Degree in Physics, Mathematics or Engineering, with an emphasis on quantum research;
- At least 5 years of experience with the following is required:
- Leading of large, complex R&D projects with multiple stakeholders;
- Leading of software development projects;
- Basic Knowledge of quantum physics and/or quantum information processing, f.i.:
- Quantum device development and operations;
- Quantum Algorithms.
In addition to the above mentioned technical proficiency, this role requests for the following skills; accurate and organized way of working (i.e. using standard tools and data bases), result-driven, flexible in your way of thinking in a complex working environment, good communicator and able to work productively in a team. Good people management skills and high level of resilience to stress.
What can you expect of your work situation?
TNO is an independent research organisation that functions as the bridge between the world of academia and the business realm. We translate research findings into straightforward applications and solutions to solve the problems the world will be encountering the day after tomorrow. We take the time to think calmly and properly about issues, and then once a project is completed, we start looking for more tools, models and recommendations that Dutch companies and organisations will benefit from in the future. TNO has around 3,000 employees working within nine domains for a wide range of clients, such as government agencies, the SME sector, civil society organisations, larger companies and service providers.
Read more about TNO as an employer
Within TNO, you will be working in the most enterprising unit of them all: Industry. Out of various sites throughout the Netherland, the 600 members of the Industry unit work on innovations to stimulate the Dutch industry and ensure it remains leading-edge while at the same time contribute to the wellbeing and welfare in and beyond the Netherlands. You will work predominantly at our Delft site but will also visit some of our other locationslike the ones in Den Haag, Eindhoven or Utrecht to name a few. As such, you’ll soon become intimately acquainted with the wide range of characters and areas of expertise featured at TNO. YOU will quickly recognize that one thing we all have in common is a positive, future-oriented attitude that makes for a very pleasant work environment.
Meet some of your future TNO colleagues
What can TNO offer you?
We offer you work that is both challenging and diverse, as well as plenty of opportunities for you to develop your skills and your path: you’ll be largely in charge of your own career. In addition to a gross monthly salary that is indicative of your knowledge and level of experience, holiday pay and a thirteenth salary, TNO also allows you to pick and choose from a ‘menu’ of employee benefits in line with your personal situation.
Here are some more advantages to consider:
• The prospect of a fixed contract if all goes well;
• 28 days of annual leave and 5 days of reduced working hours (in the case of a full-time contract);
• Flexible working hours and the option of working from home;
• Fun outings and activities with co-workers from all units, so that you’ll quickly get to know lots of people from all over our organisation;
• A travel allowance or a bicycle on loan;
• A sound retirement plan;
• An incredibly professional, inspiring work environment, with colleagues who are the top experts in their respective fields;
• You will report directly to the unit’s managing director;
• The option of participating in training courses or additional schooling, and visiting conferences;
• Personal coaching, should you wish it.
Read all about the many employee benefits
to choose from.
You can apply till the 7th of June. The application process will consist of three (selection) rounds. After a positive selection, we will finish off the process by discussing terms and conditions of employment. We try to complete the interviews within 4 weeks.
For this vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance after conducting a security screening. Please visit for more information the AIVD website.
Has this vacancy sparked your interest?
Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.
Recruiter: Paul Verschoor
Mobile phone: +31 (0)6-29236794
Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.
Hiring manager: Jérémy Veltin
Phone number: +31 (0)6-317 57083