Talent is essential to the QDNL ecosystem, however, talent is scarce and subject to strong international competition.
We believe the way to offer an attractive ecosystem for international talent is by being diverse, entrepreneurial, well organised, well connected, well equipped, excelling in everything we do and open to other ideas.
One of the ways in which QDNL aims to further increase the international competitiveness of the Dutch ecosystem is by offering financial support for top international talent, such as talented scientists and candidates for other top positions in the Dutch quantum technology ecosystem.
To attract top-level talent and depending on specific needs, we can offer financial support. In addition, Quantum Delta NL can help the requesting parties with access to our network and expertise within our ecosystem.
About the initiative
In attracting ecosystem leaders, financial support can make a big difference. QDNL can offer a contribution to startup packages for top scientists, for example for appointing a PhD student or postdoc, but also for investments. A request for this type of financial support can be made to QDNL, by the organisation that seeks to attract talent, during negotiations with the intended top candidate. The contribution by QDNL is explicitly a supplement to the offer made by the (knowledge) institution itself, with the aim of enabling the institution to make the candidate an internationally competitive offer.
In addition, QDNL can offer a financial contribution to relocation expenses. As opportunities for partners are often a decisive factor in attracting talent, part of the financial contribution can be used to support a top talent’s partner in for example their job search, temporary housing costs, or training.
As each case is different, applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Terms & Conditions
Eligibility for support from this program requires:
- The proposed candidate is demonstrable of international excellence (top 5% in their field/discipline)
- Attracting the proposed candidate provides added value to the Dutch ecosystem in at least one of the following ways:
- The proposed candidate brings in critical expertise that is currently lacking or insufficiently available in the ecosystem
- The proposed candidate increases diversity in the ecosystem
- The proposed candidate can play an ‘ambassador’ (‘boegbeeld’ in Dutch) role for the ecosystem (for established researchers only)
In order for an application by an organisation or (knowledge) institute to be considered, it must contain a detailed description of the contribution that will be provided by the institute itself and a clear motivation for the contribution by QDNL that is asked for. As a guideline: QDNL can contribute up to 30% of the total offer and up to 50% for ‘ambassadors’.
How to apply?
An application can be made at the stage when the applicant is in negotiation with the desired candidate. Please contact Pieter de Witte (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All applications for financial contributions are reviewed individually and on a case-by-case basis by an independent top talent committee.
The members of the top talent committee collectively form a broad representation of disciplines affiliated with quantum technology. For each application, three members of this committee, chosen on the basis of their expertise, will advise the QDNL Board.
Aspects that are explicitly considered and assessed by the committee are:
- Identification of top talent
- Added value for the QDNL ecosystem
- The amount of the requested contribution in relation to the level of the position
In addition, the committee may consider other aspects and provide suggestions. After receiving their advice, the QDNL board will decide on the application.