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Innovation Manager – Quantum Internet

Come join QuTech and create the Quantum Future!

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.

Our divisions and support teams include 220 FTE and over 300 dedicated people. Today, we are looking for an experienced Innovation Manager to join our Quantum Internet Division.


Job description

As Innovation Manager at QuTech you will become an integral part in the Quantum Internet Alliance (QIA), a European collaboration between more than 40 industrial and academic organizations.

The mission of QIA is to build a global Quantum Internet by developing a full-stack prototype network validating all key sub-systems, and by driving an innovative European Quantum Internet ecosystem capable of scaling all sub-systems to world-leading European technology.

Find out more about QIA at https://quantum-internet.team/

As Innovation Manager you will be part of the QIA Innovation Team, and as such you will

  • Support the translation of QIA’s core technological advancements from lab to market.
  • Identify innovations with commercial potential and support the partners by providing advice in IP protection and market analysis.
  • Design an exploitation plan for the program.
  • Continuously engage with QIA’s technical teams to stimulate, support, and implement targeted innovation measures at each step of the development.
  • Support regular early-stage IP capture process at the research and design stages of development.
  • Work closely with the technology transfer offices of the partners in assisting and facilitating market research in the preparation of new spinouts.
  • Develop a consolidated and adopted innovation strategy for future phases of the QIA partnership programme.
  • Proactively help to find suitable partners beyond the QIA consortium to achieve commercialization .




  • At least 3 years of experience in innovation management or business development, preferably in an academic/technical environment.
  • Track record of successful business development in complex settings with many internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience with large multidisciplinary R&D projects, keeping the overview of different disciplines.
  • Workable knowledge of engineering, computer science or physics and affinity with quantum science.


  • Seeing and seeking collaboration opportunities with 3rd parties, natural connector of opposites finding common grounds endowed with strong external orientation.
  • Excellent networker, maintaining long-term relationships and establishing new ones.
  • Independent professional, taking on responsibility in a complex multi-actor environment.
  • Driven personality with sense of initiative and can-do mentality.
  • Inventive and conceptually skilled, out-of-the-box thinker.
  • Empathic and smart negotiator and inspiratory adviser.
  • Good communication skills in English (orally and in writing).

Dutch citizenship or a European working permit is required to apply.


Conditions of employment

This 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. This is a project for one year with the option to become structural. The full-time salary is based on VSNU-CAO Scale 11 (salary 3.746 – 5.127 euros monthly on full-time basis). The actual salary will be based on your knowledge and relevant work-experience. Full-time means 38 working hours per week.

On top of that, TU Delft/QuTech offers a great customizable compensation package with generous holidays (41 days off if you work full time), attractive pension scheme, holiday allowance in May and a 13th month pay (paid as a pro-rata bonus in December). We also offer a discount for health insurance, sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers our employees childcare 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 as an employer

Delft University of Technology is 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 to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!


Application procedure

For information about this position, you can contact Nico Seidler, Project Manager Quantum Internet at n.s.seidler@tudelft.nl.

For questions concerning the procedure contact Management Assistant, Shannon de Groot-Finch at S.M.deGroot-Finch@tudelft.nl.

If you are interested in this position, please apply via the application button on this page.




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