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Senior project development officer

Senior project development officer

Non academic staff (supporting staff)
Built Environment
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Job description

Department of the Built Environment

The Department of the Built Environment (BE), founded in 1967, is a rapidly growing Department with over 1400 Bachelor and Master students, and about 75 permanent scientific staff members.

The mission of the Department of the Built Environment is to educate students and to advance knowledge in science & technology from the perspective of Smart Cities for the benefit of humanity. The Department integrates education, research and design to enable students and scientists to become thought leaders, able to (re)shape our cities and the building industry beyond the borders of current imagination.  In close collaboration with its public and private partners, basic research and design methodologies are translated into meaningful solutions for society and it becomes a leading international hub in its field of expertise. The Department strives for a collaborative culture that is open, diverse and inclusive.

The Department houses a broad spectrum of disciplines which cover the entire range of design and engineering related to the built environment, at all scale levels. It covers fundamental research with the ambition to not only advance the body of scientific knowledge, but also to drive technological innovation in society. By disseminating knowledge from fundamental research and collaborating with societal partners on higher TRL-levels, it enables the industry to mature and to innovate and it enables advanced informed solutions and future-proof decision making by municipalities and government. Co-creation with a human-centred approach (by involving citizens) is of crucial importance for success.

The Department aims to address major societal and industrial challenges as the energy transition, circularity, digitalization in the building industry.

Research Development and Support Office

The Research Development and Support Officer is the Department’s central hub for all activities related to acquisition of research funding, proposal/project development and general research support (e.g. data storage, ethics, privacy, science communication, training).

At present, the team consists of one Project Officer, an embedded Data Steward, a Research Policy Officer, and the Management Team Research. In order to intensify the link with the scientific staff, the team will be extended with one Senior Project Development Officer.

Throughout the project lifecycle, the team works closely together with the service departments (e.g. finance, HR, legal support). The team participates actively in the university Research Support Network and collaborates with other officers and researchers from across the university through the TU/e research institutes.  Hence, the team functions as linking pin between the researchers in the Department and other Departments and services in the university.

Job description

Your focus will be on supporting the Departmental researchers in the pre-award phase of research projects. You will support researchers by identifying interesting funding opportunities, in developing their research ideas, in developing competitive project proposals and by coordinating with (inter-)national consortia and funding agencies. In your position, you also play a pivotal role in the Departmental research community, which is based on sharing experience and knowledge on acquiring research funding. Your work will lead to an increased efficiency in acquiring research funding by researchers and by the Department as whole.

You are a part of the Research Development and Support Office of the Department, which currently has one other Project Officer in the team who focuses on supporting the positioning and participation of the Department in university wide and (inter) national research communities, institutes and bodies.

As Senior Project Development Officer you

  • Act as a partner and strategic advisor for the researchers and the MT Research of the Department;
  • Identify and map (inter)national funding opportunities to strategic topics of both individual researchers and the Department;
  • Are familiar with national and European research funding schemes and the bodies outside the Department that can further provide information about such opportunities;
  • Are familiar with involving industry in competitive research proposals;
  • In collaboration with the MT Research, develop a long-term Departmental research funding strategy (roadmap) that gives direction to future efforts in raising funding;
  • Provide advice and give feedback to researchers about their research strategies;
  • Actively engage researchers in the Departmental research community;
  • Have or build a network of partners who can further complete the research lifecycle support (e.g. training and/or support in writing proposals, building networks or project management).

Together with the Research Development and Support Office colleagues you are responsible for:

  • Establishing processes to evaluate the project development and research support services offered to the Departmental researchers;
  • Gathering and analyzing information from a wide range of stakeholders, such as TU/e entities, policy makers, societal partners and funding institutions, and translating their relevance into Departmental research funding strategies;
  • Aligning and managing acquisition processes of the Department together with other divisions of the TU/e;
  • Improving coherence and aligning cooperation in research projects with other Departments.

Job requirements

Knowledge & experience

  • An academic degree, preferably at PhD level, in a relevant area;
  • Knowledge about, or demonstrated affinity with, societal and industrial challenges the Department is tackling;
  • Experience with developing strategic scientific roadmaps and giving advice to senior researchers;
  • Having a warm network in industry, academic/research environments and/or (inter-)national funding bodies, or the ability to build such a network;
  • Familiar with the coordination of complex projects and processes between the university, (national and international) funding institutions and/or academic knowledge transfer;
  • Outstanding proficiency in English as well as in Dutch, both verbally and in writing;
  • Having experience with successfully raising funds (second and third tier projects) would be an advantage.

Required competences

  • strategic vision/helicopter view
  • engaging community builder and team player
  • result-oriented
  • ability to influence without power and to manage a wide variety of stakeholders
  • ability to communicate effectively with junior researchers as well as with senior professors and high-level decision makers

Conditions of employment

We offer an exciting job in the Research Development and Support Office at the Department of the Built Environment. We are a department with the ambition to make a real difference in developing solutions for the societal challenges of the future. We have various high-profile labs within the Department and at the TU/e. We are a dynamic community with strong ties to industry and society. The city of Eindhoven and the Brainport region are a hub of innovation with plenty of opportunities to connect and build your personal network.

In this position we offer:

  • A challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious Department
  • Plenty of room for personal development and growth
  • An academic, international and dynamic working environment
  • A gross monthly salary between € 3.746,- and € 5.127,- (on a full-time basis), depending on experience and knowledge (scale 11 CAO VSNU)
  • A annual holiday allowance of 8% of the annual salary
  • An end-of-year bonus of 8.3% of the annual salary
  • 41 paid holidays on a fulltime basis
  • A two-year contract with the intention to a permanent appointment after a positive evaluation
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities). 

Information and application


Do you recognize yourself in this profile? Please apply before 31 May 2021 by uploading your up to date resume and cover letter via the ‘button’: solliciteer nu / apply now. 


Your application will be taken into account immediately after receipt.
The first exploratory interviews will be held in the week of 7 June 2021.
Social media screening and/or assessment may be a part of the procedure.

Information and application

For more information about this vacancy or the procedure, please contact Marcel Vogels
(HR Advisor) via 040-2473144 or m.vogels1[at] or Maarten Hornikx (vice dean) via 040-2474236 or m.c.j.hornikx[at]