Project Officer (V39.3407)

Project Officer

The University of Technology Eindhoven is looking for a Project Officer (0.6 - 1.0 fte)
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Faculteit Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences


The Faculty of IE&IS has organized research around 4 major research themes:

  • Logistics and its interfaces
  • Sustainability
  • Value of big data
  • Humans and Technology

These four research themes are aligned with the Strategic Areas of the TU/e and two research centers via joint road mapping and subsidy applications. The themes are also aimed at multidisciplinary and cross faculty collaboration. In this way, they are also in line with the new cross-disciplinary research themes of the TU/e.

The current position will support the Humans and Technology theme. This theme focuses on people-centered and value-sensitive perspectives of technology understanding, engineering and design. It is a broad multidisciplinary theme, that is rapidly gaining in relevance and urgency as technology becomes more pervasive in everyday life, and humans, organizations, and society are deeply affected and transformed by technological developments. The research theme is supported and developed by the TU/e Center for Humans and Technology (  

The project officer will be responsible for supporting, in a broad sense the development of the research program by supporting project acquisition and coordination, developing research roadmaps and networks.  The project officer will be placed within the Faculty of IE&IS, but will also work together with the TU/e-wide Innovation Lab, where he or she will form a group with other project officers to exchange experiences and build up knowledge.

It is important that the project officer plays a group-wide role, which includes both strategic planning and actual support for project applications concerning the acquisition of income from NWO calls, EU Horizon 2020 calls, and other research funding opportunities.

The function will include, among other things, the following tasks:

  • Supporting the research group to develop a strategic roadmap. This is motivated by internal expertise and potential as well as by an analysis of what is expected from developments in funding programmes in the coming years. Where necessary, external experts (such as prominent scientists) may be involved as advisors, or in the context of strategic workshops.
  • Tracking and actively searching suitable opportunities for research funding, providing tailored information to scientists about calls that fit their expertise, and proactively initiating proposals together with scientists.
  • Actively supporting scientists in writing research proposals, at various levels (advising, reviewing, and where possible 'co-writing' sections on subjects such as finance, research relevance/impact and exploitation).
  • Where appropriate, assisting project management in the case of successfully acquired projects.
  • Managing the portfolio of projects (keeping track of all subsidy applications and evaluating their outcome in order to inform future bids.
  • Building and maintaining networks with (1) funding institutions, (2) potential research partners/consortia, (3) scientists within the faculty and (4) scientists within the TU/e.
  • Participation in national and international meetings about research programmes; general (interest) representation of our university on this subject at, among others, the NWO, the national science agenda, EU Horizon 2020, etc.
  • In addition to the organisational embedding in the faculty, it is also part of the Innovation Lab, and within that context it builds up knowledge and experience together.
  • Regular meetings (e.g. monthly) with the most relevant research groups and group leaders concerned to discuss the state of affairs, develop new activities, etc.


To fill this position, we are looking for a candidate with:

  • Some years' professional experience as a project officer, for example in industry, a research consultancy, a funding agency, a research institute or a university;
  • Experience in writing winning proposals, and in helping/coaching others to do so as well;
  • Experience in research and innovation project management will be highly valued;
  • Affinity with the research programme on Humans & Technology (in-depth knowledge is not a strict requirement, however);
  • Knowledge of the formal/administrative elements of calls and programmes;
  • Knowledge of the programmes of relevant Dutch (NWO, RFO, STW) and European funding agencies;
  • Strong persuasive communicator with excellent writing and presentation skills;
  • Fluent command of English, both in speaking and writing Team spirit, proactive and enthusiastic attitude, and a network;
  • Good organisation skills; reliable and punctual;
  • Someone ho is not afraid of failure but learns from it.


This is a temporary job of two years for 0.6 - 1.0 FTEs. Depending on background and experience, the maximum salary is € 4,757 (scale 11) for a large degree of seniority, a salary of a maximum of € 5,405 (scale 12) is possible (based on a full-time employment). This is exclusive of 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. In addition to an attractive salary, the TU/e has excellent fringe benefits such as training and development opportunities and excellent sports facilities.

Informatie en sollicitatie

  • For more information about this vacancy, please contact prof.dr. W.A. IJsselsteijn (tel.: 040 – 247 4455, e-mail: 
  • If you have any questions about the recruitment and selection procedure, please contact HR Services (e-mail:; 
  • You can find information about TU/e and the department of IE&IS at


If you’re interested in this vacancy, please upload your CV and supporting letter using the ‘Solliciteer direct / apply now’ button. 

Internal candidates will have priority in the selection procedure. Applications for this position are open until 20 August 2018.

A selection assessment may be part of the selection procedure.