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Vacancy: Internship Ecosystem monitoring Integrated photonics

27 August 2020

PhotonDelta, the Brabant Development Agency (BOM), and Brainport Development are looking for an intern / graduate Ecosystem Monitoring Integrated Photonics (32 hours).

We are looking for an enthusiastic and enterprising student who wants to do an internship or do a graduation assignment within the network of PhotonDelta, the BOM, and Brainport Development. Are you following a course in (International / Technical) Business Administration, Organization Studies, Entrepreneurship and Business Information, Industrial Engineering and Management, Management Society & Technology or Public Administration and are you looking for a challenging assignment with room for your own input?
As an intern you will be involved in, among other things, identifying and prioritizing the most promising companies for entry as a customer or innovation collaboration with the Dutch Integrated Photonics ecosystem. You will also develop an instrument to monitor growth and developments within the ecosystem. You will work together with a student in the east of the Netherlands to get a total picture of the Dutch ecosystem.


In December 2018, the PhotonDelta covenant was signed, to which BOM and Brainport Development also signed. Under the leadership of PhotonDelta, partners are investing 238 million euros in the integrated photonics ecosystem, ultimately achieving a total turnover of 1 billion euros and 4,000 FTEs after 8 years.
To this end, the status of the integrated photonics ecosystem over the years must be carefully monitored and analyzed. How do companies develop? How many new people are hired? And how much does the turnover grow? The answers to these questions should ensure that BOM, Brainport Development and PhotonDelta can better guide companies and, if possible, help them with new projects, customers and investors. 

The BOM 
The BOM is working on a sustainable Brabant Economy where the realization of social impact is paramount. We also help to further strengthen the (international) competitive position of companies in various sectors such as agri-food, life science and the high-tech manufacturing industry. We do this through ecosystem development, business development, knowledge and innovation processes, internationalization and start-up programs with guidance.

Brainport Development
Brainport Development works closely with the business community, knowledge institutions and governments on the strong and sustainable economic region Brainport Eindhoven. We help with this by connecting organizations, companies and talents and accelerating new innovations. We also show the world how special our region is through international promotion.

PhotonDelta is a public-private partnership consisting of a network of companies and highly qualified knowledge institutions in the field of integrated photonics. The objectives are to generate new business, strengthen the current infrastructure and further build up the image of the Netherlands as a global player in the field of integrated photonics.
What is (integrated) photonics?

Photonics is technology that focuses on the generation, transport, processing and detection of light, or photons. This technique includes screens, lighting, lasers, solar cells, sensors and fiber optic networks.
The Netherlands is taking the lead worldwide in the essential steps in the development and production of chips that work on the basis of photons instead of electrons. We call this integrated photonics. This technique is concerned with coupling light into, for example, a chip and exploiting the power of this light in order to be able to perform various tasks with it.
These chip techniques will play an important role in data communication, healthcare, sustainability, mobility, security and agriculture, among other things. In the future, this will allow data centers to work faster with lower energy consumption, and biosensors can become even more sensitive while being easier to integrate into a small and handy system. An estimated 300 companies in the Netherlands are active in the field of photonics. The integrated photonics ecosystem is smaller and still developing.

What are you going to do?

The assignment has two partial assignments:
1. You will perform a substantive analysis of the development of the regional (integrated) photonics ecosystem in the Netherlands. You map the ecosystem of companies and look at regional trends and developments. The core of the ecosystem is already known in this. The focus is on identifying and prioritizing the most promising (inter) national companies for entry as a customer or innovation collaboration in the existing ecosystem. You do this on the basis of criteria arising from literature research and substantive discussions with stakeholders.
2. To monitor the ecosystem in the coming years, you will develop a monitoring tool using Business Intelligence tools (such as Tableau or PowerBI), which can display detailed and easy-to-read graphical visualisations. You do this in collaboration with a student in the Eastern Netherlands.
Ultimately, you bring the two components together in a final report with practical recommendations for PhotonDelta, the BOM, and Brainport Development.
For this assignment you will work a lot with the Business Developers from the various organizations and with external bodies such as the regional development company in East Netherlands (OostNL). You will visit various companies that will help you obtain information. During this period you will be actively guided by PhotonDelta and supported by a contact person from Brainport Development and BOM.

Who are we looking for and what do we offer?

We are looking for a graduate student who is willing to roll up his sleeves. You also have good communication and IT skills and are interested in the photonics / semiconductor industry. You will join a varied team of Program Managers and Business Developers who will offer you good guidance in all areas of knowledge.
We offer a (internship) place for 6 months, but alternatives are negotiable. The start date is in consultation and the number of hours per week is 32 hours. Of course you will also receive a standard internship fee per month. Your location is in principle at PhotonDelta in Eindhoven (High Tech Campus), but you will also regularly be at the office at the BOM in Tilburg and Brainport Development in Eindhoven (Strijp). In addition, you will occasionally visit external organizations and companies.
In connection with corona, you may work digitally from home more often.

Would you like more information?

If you have any questions, you can contact Joachim de Sterke via mail: The interview will take place with you, your internship supervisor from PhotonDelta and a representative from BOM and / or Brainport Development.


Are you interested? Then we cordially invite you to respond. You can send your CV and motivation letter to


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