Advisor on European research grants (1.0 FTE)


Office of the University


University of Groningen

The University of Groningen provides high-quality teaching and research, is internationally oriented, respects differences in ambitions and talents, actively collaborates with businesses, government organizations, and citizens, and is ranked among the top 100 European universities.

Within the Office of the University of Groningen, the Research & Funding Department plays a central role in obtaining European subsidies for research. Its staff provide information and individual advice on relevant schemes and support the preparation of applications. They are also the point of contact for faculty support staff and policy officers. The department cooperates closely with the financial and legal departments as well as with the Talent Development Team.

Job description

We expect you to be aware of the developments regarding European research grant programmes (especially Horizon Europe), and to proactively identify opportunities and develop projects. You will mainly focus on the collaborative grants for the clusters of Pillar 2 and Pillar 3 of Horizon Europe.

The tasks falling under this position will in any case include:
• actively following the developments of European research grant programmes, especially Horizon Europe
• providing colleagues, researchers, and other stakeholders at the UG with broad information about these programmes
• organizing training courses on the acquisition of European subsidies, and giving such courses where appropriate
• identifying, highlighting, and taking advantage of opportunities to develop projects
• actively looking for opportunities for multidisciplinary projects and bringing international teams together to write proposals
• co-writing proposals where appropriate
• working closely with the University’s lobbyist
• building and maintaining an internal and external network with relevant individuals and groups
• providing management information and policy advice to the Board of the University.


In order to perform well in this position, we are looking for someone with:

• an academic working and thinking level
• relevant work experience in the field of grant support and acquisition, preferably with the acquisition of EU grants and grants for (international) consortia
• excellent command of the English and Dutch languages
• a feeling for (administrative) relations within a complex organization
• an enterprising, customer-oriented attitude, and a team mentality
• good analytical skills and good writing skills in English.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 12 months.

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

• a minimum salary of €2,836 (salary scale 10) to a maximum of €5,211 (salary scale 11) gross per month for a full-time position a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
• an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
• The appointment is for a period of one year. If the candidate performs well, the position may be made permanent. The position is currently classified under the UFO profile of Knowledge Valorization Officer.

Starting date: as soon as possible.

Job Application

Do you want to become a member of our team? Please send your application to us, by submitting the following documents:

• letter of application
• curriculum vitae.

You can submit your application until 27 january 11:59pm / before 28 january 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:

Mr G.J. Arends
+31 (0)50 363 5458

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 221555E

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