Research Coordinator (1.0 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

The University of Groningen (UG) is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for over four hundred years, and with success: the university is currently in the top 100 of several influential ranking lists.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) offers education and research in a wide range of science disciplines, from traditional disciplines such as physics and biology to interdisciplinary disciplines such as artificial intelligence and industrial engineering and management. The Undergraduate School and Graduate School of the faculty provide respectively 13 bachelor degree programmes and 26 master degree programmes to approximately 6.000 students. The faculty’s staff and students come from all over the world and nearly all its degree programmes are in English.

The vacancy concerns the position of research coordinator for the UG Hub of the national Advanced Research Centre Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC CBBC). The coordinator will act as technical support officer and research manager for the groups involved in ARC CBBC within the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry.

The ARC CBBC is a national centre of excellence focusing on long term research in sustainable catalysis, materials and coatings and chemical engineering to provide sustainable solutions to the chemical processes, energy carriers and materials of the future. The Advanced Research Centre is a joined initiative of three universities: the University of Utrecht, the University of Groningen and the University of Eindhoven; four multinational companies: Shell, BASF, AkzoNobel, and Nouryon and the ministries of Economic Affairs and Science and Education (via NWO). The joined industrial-academic programme in the ARC CBBC is funded for 10 years and 37 principle investigators have been selected to join. CBBC has an SB (supervisory board) representing all stakeholders, a SAB (international scientific advisory board) and an EB (executive board) with academic and industrial members, which is chaired by Prof. B.L. Feringa (RUG). The scientific director of CBBC is Prof. B. Weckhuysen (UU).

Job description

The task of the coordinator will include:
• establishing a UG CBBC Hub in close cooperation with the investigators involved (including new scientific staff); setting up facilities for joined academic–industrial projects
• coordinating and managing the research projects of the ARC CBBC in Groningen
• technical support for the groups running CBBC projects
• acquiring and maintaining the specific equipment and labs of the CBBC facilities
• instruction of students, co-workers, and industrial guest researchers in the context of ARC CBBC
• building expertise in technical/research support.


What we expect of you:
• a MSc/PhD degree, preferably in a CBBC related field (coatings, (photo)catalysis, electrochemistry or photoredox catalysis)
• proactive in communication with and support of the academic and industrial collaborators
• experience with various synthetic and analytical equipment/techniques
• competences: cross-cultural sensitivity and strong communication skills, including good command of the English and Dutch languages (spoken and written).

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 maanden.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:
• a salary with a minimum of € 2,709 up to a maximum of € 4,274 gross per month (salary scale 10) for a full-time position
• 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus
• an appointment of 1.0 FTE for initially one year; after a positive evaluation during the Result and Development Interview, an extension for a longer period is possible.
Curious about our further conditions of employment? You can find them here:

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:
- cover letter
- curriculum vitae.

You can submit your application until 15 September 11:59pm / before 16 September 2019 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our University. We are committed to building a diverse faculty so you are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. A. J. Minnaard, Director of the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry

Dr G.P.R. Schaeffer, Scientific Coordinator of the Stratingh Institute for Chemistry

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 219411

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