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Contribute to the ICT solutions of tomorrow. Envision the future. Become a project manager ICT at TNO. 


About this position

A powerful digital future in the Netherlands and Europe is unthinkable without research and innovation. Fortunately, TNO is bursting with exciting project plans, which, thanks to you, will come to fruition! As a project manager ICT at TNO, you’ll work at the cutting edge of applied research and pragmatic ICT solutions. Join our enthusiastic group of ICT specialists and take the lead in project teams. Together with companies, universities, research centers, and the government, you’ll work on innovations for the benefit of Dutch society!


What will be your role?

You’ll manage several research projects at the same time. The scope of these projects varies from B2B consultancy to long-term, subsidized research projects such as Horizon Europe, European Funds for Regional Development (EFRO) and Top Consortia for Knowledge and Innovation (TKI) projects.

In projects involving consortia, stakeholder management is a crucial task because of differing and sometimes conflicting interests.

You are skilled at influencing partners to work towards a common goal and to develop concrete plans with wide support from stakeholders.

You will provide leadership and direction for your projects with the support of subject matter experts where necessary.
You will monitor progress of projects and if needed make any adjustments to the budget, timelines, team composition, and deliverables, in consultation with customers or stakeholders.

Your teams will primarily work in areas such as post quantum cryptography, homomorphic encryption and quantum applications, but other topics are also possible.

Your projects involve research & development, technical strategy, standardization, simulations, technology and application trials and consultancy/advisory.

About the department
The TNO’s Applied Cryptography and Quantum Algorithms (ACQuA) expertise group is your home base. We are a strong and enthusiastic team that deals with innovations in cryptography and quantum applications. The quantum computing age is upon us. And it brings a variety of challenges with it. But there are also vast opportunities to utiliseutilize all of quantum computing’s potential. Besides developing solutions for that, the ACQuA expertise group also exploits new cryptographic technologies to create privacy-friendly and quantum-save applications that change the way we interact, share and protect in the digital world. The ACQuA expertise group is a unique combination of mathematicians, computer scientists and physicists. This enables us to approach challenges from multiple perspectives and develop more effective solutions. ACQuA works with other TNO departments, public and private organizations and academia to apply our knowledge and build working solutions. We create state-of-the-art software, algorithms and strategies, for today and for the upcoming quantum age. Our expertise and independent market position make us an ideal partner for development. We also address the organisational, legal and ethical challenges our developed technology brings to allow for direct application of our solutions. The department ACQuA has tree locations: The Hague, Groningen and Eindhoven.

What we expect from you

You’re energisedenergized by managing multidisciplinary research projects. The intrinsic uncertainties of innovative projects with unknown outcomes do not throw you off course. Inspiring people, but also structuring the creativity of researchers in order to achieve a feasible result together, is in your DNA. You have strong communication skills and are able to manage the sensitivities and interests of different stakeholders with the aim of aligning interests to make progress. You lead or contribute to all phases related to a project including acquisition/proposal writing, project planning, team formation, project execution, project delivery and customer acceptance. You lead meetings that are motivating and result-driven for you team. You take a genuine interest in your colleagues and help them in their development.

Other knowledge and skills you bring to TNO:

  • A Master’s degree in mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering or equivalent.
  • Relevant domain knowledge and network. is a plus.
  • Extensive eExperience of project management .
  • Experience of IPMA or other project management methods.

What you'll get in return

Challenging and varied work with a real impact. And plenty of opportunities as, at TNO, you are in charge of shaping your career. We offer a gross monthly salary (based on your knowledge and experience), 8% holiday pay, a 13th month bonus of 8.33% and a flex budget (5.58% + € 180). In addition, you will be given every opportunity to develop yourself.

TNO offers optional employee benefits, enabling you to tailor your benefits package to match your personal situation. You may also expect:

  • An extremely professional, innovative working environment where colleagues are leading experts in their field.
  • The opportunity to attend courses, workshops and conferences, and to receive training and coaching based on your needs.
  • 33 days annual leave on a full-time basis.
  • An employer that values and encourages diverse talent, with initiatives like the Female Leadership Program, our Rainbow Community and round tables on inclusion topics.
  • We offer a comprehensive and flexible mobility plan that also includes full compensation for public transportation for commuting and business travel.
  • Great social events with your team and other TNO colleagues. That’s how you will get to know a lot of people really quickly.
  • Flexible working hours, the possibility to work parttime (32 of 36 hours) and the possibility of working from home.
  • Access to TNO’s project managers guild: a network of some three hundred equals. The guild organizes workshops, conferences, intervision sessions and other activities for project managers.
  • Extensive relocation package for international candidates.
  • A good pension scheme. 
TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. 


The selection process

Please apply before the 1st of September, 2023. The selection process comprises two interview rounds. In a final meeting we will discuss the terms of employment and your tailored benefits package.

The selection process may include an online assessment and a reference check.

A certificate of Good Conduct (VOG) is required before starting a new job at TNO.

As you will be working for clients in the domain of defence and security, a Certificate of No Objection issued by AIVD (The Dutch General Information and Security Service) is mandatory. This means you will have to undergo a security screening.