Engineering Project and Portfolio Manager

QuTech is an advanced research center aimed at realizing a quantum computer and quantum networks. It is a joint venture between Delft University of Technology and TNO, located on the campus of Delft University of Technology.

To realize its goals, QuTech is organized into roadmaps, where the roadmap of Quantum Internet and Networked Computing (QINC) is responsible for the goal of quantum networks. Communication networks – connecting a vast number of devices anywhere on earth using classical communication – have had a revolutionary impact on our world. The long term vision of the QINC roadmap is to build and apply fundamentally new network technology by enabling quantum communication between any two points on earth. At short distances, such networks provide a scalable path to building truly large scale quantum computing systems by networking small quantum processors into one big quantum computing cluster. At long distances, a Quantum Internet will – in synergy with the ‘classical’ internet that we have today – connect quantum processors at a distance in order to achieve unparalleled capabilities that are provably impossible using classical communication.

QINC is working on realizing a small scale test network linking both simple quantum equipment capable of enabling cryptographic applications such as secure communication, as well as sophisticated quantum processing devices across several Dutch cities in 2020. It has the technological know-how enabling early stage networks in metropolitan areas such as the Randstad, and the ambition to bring this technology to a practical reality. QINC has an integrated effort at the cutting edge of research and development, spanning quantum hardware and software. It is recognized as a world leader in quantum networking, and leads the European Quantum Internet Alliance (QIA), a team effort of academia and industry across Europe with the long term goals of realizing a large scale quantum internet. QINC is a highly collaborative multi-disciplinary effort involving more than 50 researchers, and engineers from across the world. QINC is a young, ambitious, fast moving team determined to be the first to achieve a technological goal akin to the first moon landing.

In this position, you will work closely with the QINC roadmap leader to help define and realize QINC’s strategy towards realizing its ambitious R&D goals. Your responsibilities also include:
•Develop appropriate project and portfolio management strategies in a diverse environment of research and engineering for implementing requirements across a broad range of tasks and initiatives
•Conduct project management activities across all of QINC projects, such as scheduling milestones, tracking progress, aligning work across different projects, communicating with principle investigators in research and engineering, and keep the focus on delivering project commitment
•Facilitate and lead the creation of project proposals and plans.
•Develop and implement project management policies, principles, and practices
•Institute and maintain effective project specific processes and procedures
•Prepare and maintain planning documents and project management tools
•Prepare reports and other associated project and/or program documentation or presentations
•Serve as a liaison to industry collaborations, and other organizations
•Coordinate interactions with a variety of stakeholders at QuTech in order to support planning, budgeting, reporting, communication and outreach
•Coaching junior team members, especially with respect to efficient project execution
•Support the QINC roadmap leader, including in the technical coordination and technical project management of the European Quantum Internet Alliance

Desired qualities
•Experience in engineering project and portfolio management (5 years +)
•Experience in the internet industry, communication technology, or related fields
•Degree in computer science, engineering or comparable disciplines
•Passionate about advancing communication technologies to entirely new heights
•Comfortable with low Technical Readiness Level (TRL) work, where research leads to early stage technology
•Proactive and able to independently devise solutions, and lead efforts
•Team player
•Ambitious and flexible

To apply, please fill out this form. Applications will be reviewed initially on February 1st. Later applications can be considered until the position is filled. Starting date as soon as possible, negotiable.

Questions about the position can be sent to: Prof. Dr. Stephanie Wehner – Roadmap Leader QINC, s.d.c.wehner -at-