Program Director Quantum Inspire

Program Director Quantum Inspire

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We are looking for a Program Director to join QuTech and lead the Quantum Inspire program. Quantum Inspire is the QuTech demonstrator for quantum computing, the only European quantum computer in the cloud, accessible for anyone. Do you have experience in leading complex projects in a research setting? Do you thrive in a fast-paced international environment? Then this role is for you!

Job description

As a Program Director you are the figurehead of Quantum Inspire on a strategic level. You orchestrate the relations of Quantum Inspire within the national and European quantum ecosystem and stimulate new collaborations, together with the QuTech business development team and the technical leads.

Furthermore, you:

  • Are the chair of the program management team, responsible for internal collaboration and alignment between the TNO and TU Delft staff working in the various research and engineering projects.
  • Develop Quantum Inspire’s strategy and translate it in a plan of action connected to the strategy of QuTech and aligned to the national quantum computing demonstrator program of Quantum Delta NL.
  • Manage relations towards the internal and external funders.
  • Ensure that a clear communication strategy for promoting Quantum Inspire is developed and executed.

The Quantum Inspire management team contains of, besides you as chair, the main academic and systems engineering leads (‘technical leads’) and the operational leads. As a team you report to the QuTech Board of Directors. 


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


You are a senior program manager with at least ten years of experience, navigating complex R&D projects with many stakeholders, and ready to take the next step in your career. You are an empathetic people manager who leads by example and has experience in managing a multicultural team with different organizational backgrounds. As an expert in your field, you are decisive, initiating, tactful, and driven and you’re able to think conceptually and out of the box. You’re a natural networker and connector of opposites.

You have:

  • An academic background in either physics, mathematics or (software) engineering, ideally with an emphasis on quantum research.
  • Practical experience in strategy development and business development.
  • Affinity with large multidisciplinary R&D and ability to keep the overview of different disciplines.
  • Good communication skills in English, both orally and in writing.
  • Experience in working in one of QuTech’s mother organizations (TU Delft or TNO), or similar research and engineering environment is a plus.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year.

As a Program Director, we offer you a stimulating working environment where no day is ever the same. You’ll have the chance to collaborate with extremely talented and passionate people and to learn and develop yourself every day. On a practical level, we offer you a TU Delft contract with the benefits below.

You get:

  • A position for 38 hours per week (0.8 - 1.0 fte).
  • An employment contract for one year with a view to a permanent position.
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility to work hybrid (home/office).
  • A salary according to the CAO Dutch Universities scale 13-14 (from € 5.506 gross to € 7.362 gross per month based on 38 hours per week), plus 8% vacation allowance and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • Up to 41 vacation days per year based on full-time employment.
  • An excellent fringe benefits package (including a pension plan and partially paid parental leave) that you can put together yourself through a flexible choice package.
  • Plenty of opportunities to follow trainings and courses.

For more information visit working at TU Delft.

QuTech and Quantum Inspire
QuTech is a mission-driven research institute of TU Delft and TNO. Together we’re working on a radical new technology with world-changing potential. We’re developing scalable prototypes of a quantum computer and a secure quantum internet.

We believe quantum technology will be a game changer in many social and economic sectors - including health, agriculture, climate, and security. To achieve our ambitious goals, we bring scientists, engineers, and industry together in an inspiring environment, with plenty of room for ambition, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Quantum Inspire is the QuTech demonstrator for quantum computing, the only European quantum computer in the cloud, that is accessible for anyone. Quantum Inspire provides users access to various technologies to perform quantum computations, and showcases quantum computing technology. Increasingly, Quantum Inspire integrates in-house developments with contributions from quantum start-up companies. Quantum Inspire is part of the National Agenda Quantum Technology, powered by Quantum Delta NL.


Delft University of Technology

TU Delft is an international top university that combines science, engineering, and design. TU Delft stands for world-class education, research, and innovation to address challenges in energy, climate, mobility, health, and the digital society. Generations of Delft engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem solvers in business and societal context

At QuTech and TU Delft, we embrace diversity as one of our core values and are actively committed to being a university and workplace where you can feel at home and thrive. We value diverse perspectives and qualities because we believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world a fairer place.


  • Support staff (clerical, administrative, facility)
  • €5784—€7362 per month
  • University graduate
  • TUD03566


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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