Scientific and funding officer Astronomy and Astrophysics (0.8-1.0 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) harbours a kaleidoscope of disciplines and research strengths. Our programmes in research and education range from nanomaterials and biomachinery to astronomy, from mathematics to pharmacy, from neurosciences to computer science, and from molecular and evolutionary biology to marine biology. 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 world-class observing facilities make the Kapteyn Institute a very attractive institute for astronomical research in the world.

Job description

We are looking for a scientific and funding officer who can support the scientific director of the Kapteyn Astronomical Institutes in implementing faculty policies and managing scientific network (0.2 FTE). She/he will take the lead in identifying funding opportunities and building partnerships for the staff of the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute (0.4 FTE). Depending on background and experience, he/she will support the scientific coordinator in tasks such as PhD coordination, coordination of multi-disciplinary faculty networks or enhancing the visibility of the institute. She/he will be part of the Kapteyn office under supervision of the director of the institute and the scientific coordinator.

Main tasks include:

• supporting the director in organising meetings and building and maintaining (inter)national networks, dissemination of information and writing reports
• identifying national and international funding opportunities and supporting staff in building relevant consortia for (EU) funding possibilities and PhD exchange programmes
• supporting staff, in funding applications by writing general sections of grant proposals and review materials (general information about the institute, international position, facilities, staff and PhD’s etc), and in ongoing research project by taking care of administrative questions and interim reports
• working with individual staff members to develop their short and long term personalised funding strategy
• ensuring efficient information flow about upcoming opportunities, procedures and funding portals and where necessary providing information and /or training sessions
• communicating key successes of the institute to increase visibility
• to assist the PhD Advisory committee in monitoring the progress of PhD students, and advice to all parties involved.


• PhD degree, preferably in Physical or Astrophysical Sciences
• affinity with funding matters, preferably with knowledge of NWO and /or European research funding (Horizon Europe 2020)
• good organisational, time-management and communication skills
• proactive, and ability to prioritise and perform under strict time constraints
• willingness to attend national and international meetings on behalf of the director
• ability to work well independently, as well as in a team
• excellent command of Dutch and English, both orally and in writing
• good command of visual messaging and complex web portals

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 24 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 € 2,790 (salary scale 10) up to a maximum of € 5,127 gross per month (salary scale 11) for a full-time position
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income and an an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
- a pension scheme
- paid parental leave
- a temporary an 0.8 FTE or 1.0 FTE position for 2 years as a Funding Officer; after one year, an evaluation will take place to assess the prospect of a permanent position.

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
• curriculum vitae
• names and contact details of two referees.

You can submit your application until 30 November 11:59pm / before 1 December 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 220374

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