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Quantum Innovation Officer for QAL

University of Amsterdam
University of Amsterdam
Employment Types:
The Hague, Netherlands; Amsterdam, Netherlands
USD per year
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Are you interested in translating complex problems into use cases and applications for quantum algorithms? Do you want to work directly with industry? Are you interested in outreach and education activities to make society and industry aware of the opportunities offered by quantum algorithms? Do you want to be part of the Quantum Application Lab (QAL) and do you think you can actively contribute to maximize its impact and success?

The Research Center for Quantum Software (QuSoft) is looking for a Quantum Innovation officer.

What are you going to do

You play a key role in acquiring and implementing projects in the Quantum Application Lab. In close collaboration with the partners within QAL, you will enter into discussions with companies and social organizations about use cases for or applications of quantum algorithms. You contribute to the implementation of QAL projects and coordinate the involvement of specialists from the QAL partners. In that role you contribute to the implementation of quantum algorithms and protocols on hardware platforms for quantum computing or on (high performance) computers that simulate such hardware.

You contribute to education and outreach activities and to making research results developed within QuSoft visible to the outside world. You play a connecting role between QuSoft, the innovation hub Quantum.Amsterdam, the QAL, and the national Quantum Delta NL programme.


What do we require

  • A master's degree or doctorate with a strong component in quantum information and technology.
  • Up to date knowledge and skills in the field of quantum information and technology.
  • Passion for high-level research with a large impact on society in mind.
  • Affinity with project management and coordination.
  • Affinity with working with parties in the public and private sector.
  • Fluent in English, both written and oral.

What would be nice to have?

  • Experience with education and outreach activities.
  • Programming skills.
  • Proficiency in Dutch.


**Our offer **

A temporary contract for 32-38 hours a week, preferably as soon as possible, for the duration of one year, with the possibility of an extension of two years if we assess your performance positively. You receive an employment contract with the University of Amsterdam, Institute of Physics of the Faculty of Science, in the role of Innovation Officer (‘medewerker kennisvalorisatie’). Your daily work will usually take place within the hubs of QuSoft, QAL and Quantum.Amsterdam at the Amsterdam Science Park and at TNO in The Hague.

The salary depends on previous relevant work experience and is between €2,846 to €4,490 (scale 10) gross per month or between €3,821 to €5,230 (scale 11) gross per month, based on full-time employment (38 hours per week). These amounts exclude a 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus. The Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities applies.

Are you curious about our extensive package of fringe benefits? You can read more about working at the Faculty of Science here.


University of Amsterdam

About the UvA and the Faculty of Science and the Institute of Physics The University of Amsterdam is the largest university in the Netherlands, with the widest range of courses on offer. An intellectual hub with 39,000 students, 6,000 employees and 3,000 PhD students. Connected by a culture of curiosity.


Faculty of Science, Mathematics and Computer Science

Employees of the Faculty of Science, Mathematics and Computer Science (FNWI) are driven by a shared passion to find out how the world works. Our eight research institutes span the entire spectrum of the sciences: from astronomy and physics to life and earth sciences, molecular sciences, mathematics and information sciences. With about 1,600 employees, we commit ourselves every day to convey our knowledge and curiosity to the more than 7,000 students in the bachelor's and master's programs that we offer on our Amsterdam Science Park campus. This is how we train the next generation of scientists and inspire them to embark on their own journey of discovery.

Within the Faculty of Science, the function is formally embedded in the Institute of Physics , which houses all the UvA's physics research.

About the Quantum Application Lab The Quantum Application Lab (QAL) is an open innovation ecosystem that bridges academic research on quantum computing and its industrial applications to solve some of our most pressing societal challenges in areas such as healthcare, energy, and technology.

Within QAL we combine knowledge, know-how and facilities of multiple quantum computing platforms, both experimental and simulated, supported by the experience of the founding partners (alphabetically): CWI, eSience Center, Quantum Inspire, SURF, TNO, and the University of Amsterdam, and work closely with Industry /Technology partner IBM. We are united in our mission to find the best solutions for the business cases for our customers. We are committed to fulfilling the prediction that quantum mechanics can exponentially increase the computing power of computers.

We strive to create economic benefits for our partners and customers by connecting social and business issues to real-life use cases with our extensive knowledge and experience in developing applications of quantum computing. In this way, QAL contributes to an economically successful quantum computing ecosystem in the Netherlands and beyond.

About QuSoft QuSoft is the Dutch research center for quantum software and develops new protocols, algorithms and applications that can be run on small and medium-sized prototypes of a quantum computer. QuSoft's main focus is on the development of quantum software, which requires fundamentally different techniques and approaches than conventional software.

QuSoft is a collaboration between CWI and UvA and comprises approximately 75 researchers from the disciplines of physics, mathematics, computer science and chemistry. QuSoft is an important partner in the Quantum Delta NL program.



Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organization? Contact:

For questions about the terms of employment at the UvA, please contact:

  • dr. Joost van Mameren, institute manager at the UvA 's Institute of Physics,
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