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Quantum Program Manager South Holland

Join us in shaping the future of quantum technology!

Job description

In South Holland there are two quantum hubs, Delft and Leiden which are part of the national Quantum Delta NL (QDNL) community. These hubs, along with Innovation Quarter (regional development agency), are growing the South Holland ecosystem and advancing the economic impact of quantum technologies in the province. For this reason, we are looking for new a Program Manager to join us and your mission will be to make South Holland the place for quantum technology!

As the Program Manager, you play a pivotal role as the bridge between the dynamic quantum hubs of Delft and Leiden and Innovation Quarter. Acting both as a business developer and account manager, you will work towards securing longer term funding for the program for 2025-28. This unique opportunity will allow you to work with talented and inspiring people. Every day will bring a fresh challenge where you will help us contribute to shaping the future of quantum technology.

Your main responsibilities will be to continue with the Regional Action Plan by:

  • Fostering collaboration between Delft and Leiden hubs, identifying new joint activities and initiatives;
  • Acting as an account manager for regional stakeholders (Province South Holland [PZH], Metropoolregio Rotterdam Den Haag [MRDH], the municipalities of Delft, the Hague, Leiden and Rotterdam), understanding their project interests;
  • Seeking funding from national growth fund programs and EU initiatives (e.g. Kansen voor West);
  • Staying informed about large-scale projects (e.g., quantum internet network) and connect with key regional players like the Port of Rotterdam;
  • Chairing monthly update meetings for stakeholders, facilitating news exchange and input gathering;
  • Connecting existing organizations linked to quantum tech (e.g., HSD in Den Haag, Erasmus Life Sciences in Rotterdam) to potentially develop joint programs and pilot projects;
  • Exploring new industrial partnerships and opportunities;
  • Supporting existing Field labs and the Port of Rotterdam PQC pilot project through workshops and collaboration with Innovation Quarter.

The Delft and Leiden hubs both run as projects within the respective universities but operate as flexible and agile teams with a start-up mentality. Your main office will be at Quantum Delft alongside two international colleagues. But you will also have the flexibility to work from either the Leiden hub or Innovation Quarter as needed.


We are looking for a hands on and driven Program Manager/ business developer, a natural networker with passion or genuine interest for Quantum technology. You have 2 to 3 years’ experience in business development developing and fostering partnership.

  • Academic or HBO level in Physics or technology related field;
  • Good communication skills in both English and Dutch, both orally and in writing;
  • Experienced in working with local governments and regional stakeholders and finding connections between different organisations (public and private) would be a bonus;
  • Strong analytic and planning skills and Inventive and conceptually skilled;
  • Driven personality with sense of initiative and can-do mentality;
  • Decisive and natural connector of opposites, finding common grounds and out of the box thinker.

Conditions of employment

As a Program Manager South Holland, you will receive a 1-year TU Delft contract with a potential for extension. Because we are reaching out to a large target audience, we will offer 2 different scales: Scale 10 (€3226 to €5090) for junior to mid-senior candidates and Scale 11 (€4332 to €5929) for senior candidates. This range reflects our commitment to supporting professionals at different stages of their career and offering a competitive compensation.

On top of that we are also offering:

  • A job from 24h to 38h hours per week
  • 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • An excellent pension scheme via the ABP.
  • The possibility to compile an individual employment package every year.
  • Discount with health insurers.
  • Flexible working week.
  • Every year, 232 leave hours (at 38 hours). You can also sell or buy additional leave hours via the individual choice budget.
  • Plenty of opportunities for education, training and courses.
  • Partially paid parental leave
  • International daycare
  • Attention for working healthy and energetically with the vitality program.

The South Holland Ecosystem

In Delft, the hub has been born from the TU Delft and QuTech (mission-driven research institute collaboration with TNO), but there are now more people working for spin out companies than there are working on quantum in the university. Leiden University is at the heart of the Leiden hub, which also has a blossoming spin out community. Collaboration between the two hubs is actively growing and goes beyond just these two universities. For example the Delft-Leiden Talent and Learning center for quantum is being led by the Haagse Hogeschool and Leiden Instrumentmakers School (LIS). With many of the same regional stakeholders, Innovation Quarter is helping to spread quantum technologies across the province through collaborations between entrepreneurs, knowledge institutions and industry to realise new business opportunities, as well as attract foreign companies to South Holland.

TU Delft

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!

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Daniel Howell, director of Quantum Delft (dan@quantumdelft.nl)

Applications for this position will be reviewed as and when they are received, and interviews held at a convenient time as soon thereafter. Our ambition is to appoint the Regional Program Manager as promptly as possible.

Application procedure

Have you become enthusiastic about this vacancy? Then apply directly via the ‘Apply’ button before the 23th June 2024. We look forward to receiving your motivation and resume.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Applying for an exemption for specific research and educational areas is an obligatory part of the selection procedure for this vacancy. This exemption must be obtained from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) before an employment contract is agreed upon. Click here for more information.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.
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