Grants advisor/trainer for the department of Talent Development (0.6 FTE)


Office of the University


University of Groningen

The department of Talent Development (TD) of the University of Groningen plays an important part in the development and implementation of the talent policy of the University. We support researchers from all faculties in writing their personal grant applications (NWO and ERC) through training courses (such as writing and interview courses) and academic editing. We also support the Rector in preparing nominations for important awards, such as the NWO/Spinoza Prize, and memberships, such as membership to the KNAW. We collaborate closely with researchers, faculty funding officers and policymakers in order to optimize this support and issue advice to the Board of the University and faculty boards about strategic talent policy.

Job description

Due to the retirement of one of our staff members, we are looking for a grants advisor/trainer experienced in providing training and advice in the field of academic research grants and who is enthusiastic about supporting academics at all levels. The new staff member shall be part of the Grants Advising Team of TD and will closely work together with the faculties and their funding officers. On the one hand, the new staff member shall contribute to the consolidation of the existing support offerings. On the other, we are looking for a proactive pioneer who wants to develop new offerings with us and wants to research new ways to optimize research support.

The grants advisor/trainer shall:

• prepare, coordinate and execute writing courses, presentation courses, interview courses and other courses for academics, partly by applying expertise from outside the University, in collaboration with the other grants advisors
• develop and adjust the support offerings according to the wishes of the faculties and directors, in close collaboration with TD colleagues
• support academics with custom offerings (coaching, practice interviews, etc.)
• contribute to data collection and analysis for the optimization of support
• collaborate with academic editors to improve research proposals
• develop new organizational forms for support, in close collaboration with TD colleagues.


We are looking for someone who:

• is familiar with academic research and has preferably gained a PhD
• has proven experience with the creation, development and execution of training courses in an academic environment
• has excellent skills in the field of coaching and advice
• is familiar with the relevant funding instruments and organizational structures
• has good organizational sensitivity, thus knowing how to handle a wide variety of needs and levels in a complex organization
• has a broad and multifaceted network within the university, or is capable of quickly developing one
• is able to express an outspoken vision on university teaching policy
• has command of English and Dutch at C2 level and is familiar with the academic usage of English
• has experience with working in a team and would gladly work together with a close-knit team
• is customer-oriented and supportive, but also possesses a critical and constructive attitude
• is innovative and creative.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

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

- depending on qualifications and work experience, a salary to a maximum of € 5,127 (salary scale 11) gross per month for a fulltime (1.0 FTE) position
- a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income an 8.3% year-end bonus
- a temporary appointment for the period of (maximum) one year. After the first employment, extension might be possible, depending on the organizational development and the staff member’s performance. This position requires an availability of 24 hours a week.
The University of Groningen offers, (Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities, available in English on

Date of commencement: as soon as possible

Job Application

You may apply for this position until 16 May 11:59 pm / before 17 May 2021 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:

Gerald Lier, Head of the Department of HR Experts
+31 50 3637535

Heidi Disler, Trainer and editor
+31 6 81521326

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221202E

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