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Data Steward QuTech


QuTech is a mission-driven research institute run jointly by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). Together, we work on a radically new technology with world-changing potential, developing scalable prototypes of a quantum computer and an intrinsically safe quantum internet.

We are creating the quantum future, and we believe that quantum technology will be a game changer in many social and economic sectors – including health, agriculture, climate and safety. To achieve our ambitious goals, we bring together scientists, engineers and industry in an inspiring environment, with plenty of space for ambition, entrepreneurship and innovation. Our research and engineering activities are conducted in three divisions: Quantum Computing, Quantum Internet and Qubit Research. 220 FTE and over 300 curious people work in our divisions and support teams, and we actively welcome new colleagues who share our vision and enthusiasm.

Have a look at our video and get a glimpse of QuTech.

What you will do

Your main task is to advise and assist researchers at QuTech with research data management and reproducible research practice.

You will:

  • Act as spokesperson for QuTech on data management and reproducible research, create awareness and explain to researchers the added value of good data management.
  • Lead the development and implementation of QuTech’s data management policy, with understanding of discipline-specific needs.
  • Assess and report to the management on the progress of QuTech’s research data management and advise on actions aiming to advance research data management practices.
  • Provide hands-on assistance of researchers in planning the collection, management and publication of research data.
  • Engage with researchers and engineers and help them adopt good data management practices, also with regards to documenting software code and hardware tools developed in QuTech.
  • Develop and run disciplinary training events tailored to researchers’ and engineers’ needs.
  • Engage with and support the Software Development Support Team to streamline quality standards on repositories and storage of software codes.
  • Liaise with the data steward coordinator and other data stewards to streamline data management related workflows within QuTech and TU Delft.
  • Help researchers work on disciplinary metadata standards to advance the “Interoperability” and “Reusability” aspects of FAIR data.

What you need to offer

We are looking for candidates experienced in research methodologies relevant to QuTech’s research.


  • Are interested in and an advocate for open science, FAIR data and reproducible research and engineering.
  • Have a PhD or equivalent research experience in a relevant subject area (desirable).
  • Understand how research operates and how well-managed data and software underpins reproducible research.
  • Have hands-on experience in managing and making research data and software reproducible.
  • Have experience in setting up appropriate tools for data management, e.g. storage, databases and pipelines, working with large data, data version control.
  • Have experience in (or willingness to learn) setting up appropriate tools for software development, e.g. code repositories, software version control, CI/CD pipelines, unit testing, code quality.
  • Are excellent communicators, able to speak not only with researchers, but also with other support staff and are sensitive to organisation-specific culture and practices.
  • Have a hands-on and can do mentality.
  • Have programming skills to support reproducible computational workflows.
  • Are fluent in English. Dutch is a plus.
  • Are in possession of an EU work permit.

Conditions of employment

The Data Steward position is a 0.8 – 1.0 FTE role, with a minimum of 32 hours per week and a maximum of 38 hours per week. Appointment is for one year, with the option of extension. The UFO profile is that of Scientific Information Specialist 2, with a full-time salary based on VSNU-CAO Scale 10 (salary min 2,790 – max 4,402 gross per month on a fulltime basis). Actual salary will be based on your knowledge and relevant work-experience.

TU Delft/QuTech offers a customizable compensation package, an attractive pension scheme, holiday allowance, generous holidays, 13th month pay (paid as a pro-rata bonus in December), a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers our employees child care and an international primary school. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (VSNU-CAO). Dutch citizenship or a European working permit is required to apply.

TU Delft

Your contract will be with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), an organisation built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks, and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation.

For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers in both business and social contexts. TU Delft offers 16 Bachelor’s and 32 Master’s programs to more than 23,000 students. Our scientific staff consists of 3,500 staff members and 2,800 PhD candidates. Together we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to ensure positive change on a global scale: Challenge. Change. Impact!

Additional information

TU Delft is an advocate of open science and research data management. The Data Stewardship at TU Delft aims at addressing data management needs across the campus in a disciplinary manner by having a subject-specific Data Steward embedded at every faculty.

The Data Steward will take the lead in engaging researchers, exploring, and promoting better data management practices at QuTech.

More information about TU Delft data stewardship can be found here: https://www.tudelft.nl/en/library/current-topics/research-data-management/r/support/data-stewardship/.

More information about TU Delft data stewards’ work can be found here: https://openworking.wordpress.com/2020/02/14/a-year-in-the-life-of-a-data-steward/.

Application procedure

For information about this vacancy, you can contact Charlotte van Hees, Director of Operations, email: C.I.vanHees@tudelft.nl.

For information about the selection procedure, please contact Denise Bijleveld, Management Assistant, email: D.Bijleveld-Bettings@tudelft.nl.

If you are interested in this vacancy, please apply via the application button on this site.

Please send us your application before 23 June 2021. Interviews will be planned for June/July 2021.


Get a glimpse of QuTech!

Are you curious about QuTech, our labs where we work on the development of quantum internet and quantum computers or our awesome colleagues? Watch this video and get a glimpse of QuTech!

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