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Senior Research Policy Adviser


The University of Twente is looking for someone who can bring change and set things in motion. But also someone who is a strategic and connecting thinker and doer. Someone who is not afraid of intellectual challenges, who can make issues concrete and manageable, and who can convince stakeholders at the university. You act as an experienced discussion partner who can convey his / her vision clearly and convincingly.

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which drives change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university in the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. The University of Twente has a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out pioneering research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

Job Description

You are a hands-on adviser who can make an impact. You have a crucial role in building and maintaining relationships with our faculties, but also with research funders and ministries. You also represent the University of Twente during meetings with national and international knowledge institutes, the European Commission or Dutch ministries. Because of your social skills and analytical capacities you are able to switch quickly between strategic discussions with the CvB and the faculties at one moment, and realising improvements close to the primary process at the next. In this way, you contribute to the positioning and positive impact of the UT with respect to health, well-being and the co-existence of people regionally, nationally and internationally.

Job Requirements

With your experience and knowledge of national science and innovation policy, you are fully able to engage with our executive board, the management team of faculties and institutes and research. You can communicate in a goal-oriented, clear and inspiring way and you can gain and maintain support from key stakeholders all the way from the initial idea to the final result. You are a conceptual thinker who links his/her ideas to executive power!

You are an energetic and enthusiastic team player. You are also curious and do not hesitate to go beyond existing frameworks. Asking difficult questions is certainly appreciated. You know how to make connections and realize cooperation between different stakeholders, both within your team and with external parties, by using your ability to persuasively communicate your vision.

Salary and Benefits

The chance to work at the most entrepreneurial university in the Netherlands! The UT acts as a catalyst in high-tech communities and sectors and has strong ties with various industries and social sectors. This is your chance to participate in ground-breaking global networks and research programs. With an active network consisting of more than 45,000 alumni around the world!

A warm welcome within the RKT cluster, consisting of the cluster head and 3 colleagues. They will be happy with your arrival because you will play a major role in the ‘Shaping 2030' strategic plan, which as an ambition: to build a substantially new type of university.

An exciting and broad role, in which you will be given the room to use the full breadth of your professional knowledge to make a substantial contribution to UT's research policy. You will have the opportunity to make a genuine contribution to people's well-being.

A position within a content-driven and financially sound organization, which is among the world leaders in many fields. In the ‘Higher Education Keuzegids' (the official Dutch guide that ranks universities), the UT is rising year after year.

A gross monthly salary of a maximum of € 6,133 per month for a 38-hour working week (with a minimum of 32), depending on your background and relevant experience. This salary is according to scale 12/13 of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities. The UT offers you a two-year contract with the option of a permanent appointment.

In addition, the UT offers excellent facilities for professional and personal development, a holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3%. S&P invests a lot in training and coaching.

An extremely pleasant working environment thanks to the cosy American-style campus and a beautiful wooded area. The campus is a "smart living lab" where people and technology bring out the best in each other. Here you will find fantastic research facilities, such as a world-renowned Nano lab, the TechMed Centre, supersonic wind tunnels and our revolutionary DesignLab.

Great campus facilities for the use of employees. In the middle of the woods: shops, restaurants (theatre, cafés, restaurants, Subway and Starbucks Coffee), concert halls, a hotel, and many sports facilities.

Senior Research Policy Adviser
7522 NB Enschede
Full-time, Tijdelijk
1 - 2 jaar werkervaring
Uren (per week): 

Published on 11/07/2019