Funding Officer Astronomy and Astrophysics (0.6–0.8 FTE)


Faculty of Science and Engineering


University of Groningen

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

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is the largest faculty within the University. We offer first-rate education and research in a wide range of science and engineering disciplines, from classical disciplines such as mathematics, astronomy and mechanical engineering, to interdisciplinary fields such as artificial intelligence, pharmacy and nanoscience. Our community has an open and informal character with students and staff from around the world.

The position we offer will be embedded in the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute. The mission of the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute is to perform front-line research in astronomy, astrophysics and related fields, aided by the presence of NWO-institutes ASTRON and SRON, and to provide an excellent educational environment for both graduate and undergraduate studies. The Institute’s mission and its policy and strategy are closely linked to and partly define the mission of the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy, NOVA. The excellent reputation of the Kapteyn Institute has made it possible to attract promising, high quality astronomers to the University of Groningen. The facilities that the Kapteyn Institute offers, such as worldclass observing facilities make the Kapteyn Institute a very attractive institute for astronomical research in the world.

Job description

We are looking for a Funding Officer who can take a lead in identifying funding opportunities and partnerships for the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute. The Funding Officer role takes a proactive, client-focused approach in the identification and dissemination of national and international research funding opportunities. She/he will be part of the Kapteyn office under supervision of the director of the institute.

Main tasks include:
• identifying national and international funding sources, and match these with our research mission and the interest and possibilities of our researchers
• supporting identification of industrial and academic partners/networks in order for staff to start building relevant consortia for (EU) funding possibilities, PhD exchange programmes, and/or industrial collaborations
• working with individual staff members and R&D team members to develop their short and long term personalized funding strategy
• supporting funding applications and reviews by writing general sections of grant proposals and review materials (general information about the institute, international position, facilities, staff and PhD’s etc.)
• being an active member of the funding officers groups of the university and faculty
• communicating key successes of the institute to increase visibility and to obtain funding
• ensuring efficient information flow about upcoming opportunities, procedures and funding portals and where necessary providing information and /or training sessions.


• PhD degree, preferably in Physical Sciences, especially Astronomy
• affinity with funding matters, preferably with knowledge of NWO and /or European research funding (Horizon 2020)
• good organizational, time-management and communication skills
• proactive, and ability to prioritize and perform under strict time constraints
• ability to work well both independently as well as in a team
• excellent command of English, both orally and in writing
• good command of visual messaging and complex web portals.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

- a salary, depending on qualifications, work experience and career stage from a minimum € 2,709 (scale 10) up to a maximum of € 4,978 (salary scale 11) gross per month for a full-time position
- a holiday allowance and year-end bonus of respectively 8% and 8.3% of your annual salary
- a pension scheme
- a paid parental leave
- a temporary 0.6 or 0.8 FTE position as a Funding Officer in our institute for 12 months with possibility for extension of your appointment.

Job Application

Do you want to become a member of our team? Please send your application to us, by submitting the following documents:
• a cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position
• a curriculum vitae
• a list with names of references.

You can submit your application until 10 March 11:59pm / before 11 March 2020 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),

Unsolicited marketing is not appreciated.

Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Dr L. van der Voort
+31 50 3634076

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 220054

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