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Research policy officer

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TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology)

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

As an employer, the TNW Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.   



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Research policy officer

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 In general, the Research Policy Officer will contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of the Faculty’s research policy. This concerns, for instance, the following aspects:

  • Research cluster development, including aligning cluster research plans with the Faculty research plan
  • Prepare vision, strategy and policy documents (including domain plan) on research, together with the Vice dean Research
  • Liaison with the university’s strategic business development (SBD) and Strategy and Policy (SP) departments
  • Moderate research initiatives between the faculty of Science & Technology and the UT institutes Techmed, MESA+ and DSI.
  • Help formulating a clear vision on talent management, including the coordination of prizes and awards (in collaboration with the Vice dean Research and the research groups)
  • Coordinate and create awareness for Research Data Management, research integrity and open science within the Faculty
  • Coordinate Personal grants proposal submissions (in collaboration with the Grants Office and research clusters)
  • Coordinate the organization of research evaluations according to the new Standard Evaluation Protocol.

Your expertise and performance make you a credible and convincing discussion partner for the Faculty Board and the research clusters. You support the Vice dean Research of the Faculty Board on a daily basis. You maintain a wide range of internal and external contacts.


  • Academic level
  • Familiarity/experience with the university organization (not per sé UT)
  • Curiosity for the research landscape of the faculty and for external
  • influences and developments
  • Good sense for the mindset and atmosphere in the research departments of the faculty
  • Excellent writing skills in Dutch and English (writing principle: less is more)
  • You have political / strategic insight and sensitivity in a university context.
  • You work from a clear vision and you are pragmatic and flexible in achieving your goals.

We offer

We offer you a challenging position within a dynamic working environment with an informal working atmosphere. The size of the position is 32 to 38 hours per week. The position is for a period of 2 years, with the possibility of extension. Salary indication from € 3.746,00 to € 5.826,00, depending on your education and experience. The employment conditions are in accordance with the CAO NU.

Information and application

For further information, please contact Prof. Wiendelt Steenbergen, Vice dean research of the faculty of Science & Technology (w.steenbergen@utwente.nl). Your written application including curriculum vitae can be sent until 16th October 2020 via the "application link" mentioned on the vacancy site of the UT.

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Nederland, Enschede, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB


Drienerlolaan 5 7522 NB Enschede

Candidate criteria

Minimum level of education required

5. University education

Scientific area

Behaviour and society