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Senior Research Funding Advisor (1,0 FTE)

Senior Research Funding Advisor (1,0 FTE)

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The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is an internationally oriented university specialized in engineering, science & technology. We are known for our great scientific impact and development of technological innovations. Next to the nine departments, there is a central TU/e organisation to provide innovation support services in the field of strategic partnerships, research support and knowledge valorisation. This highly contributes to the TU/e realizing intensive strategic cooperation with industry, development and acquisition of innovative research projects and support and guidance of high-tech start-ups and spin-offs of the TU/e.

Function description:

The Research Support Office (RSO) consists of a small, close-knit team of professionals who support the scientific staff in applying for European and national grants for research. The RSO team consists of a research funding advisors, grant consultants (for the various grant programmes for research), project leaders and a team of corporate lawyers.

In view of the imminent retirement of the current Senior Research Funding Advisor, we are looking for a successor in the short term. We are looking for a professional colleague to strengthen the scientific and support staff in developing a funding strategy and enabling the definition and submission of competitive proposals for collaborative research. The focus of this support is the European Research and Innovation Framework Programme, Horizon Europe, as well as he Digital Europe programme. National programmes initiated by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) are also part of this new colleague's focus.

You will work at a central level at the Research Support Office and be the specialist within the university for at least the Horizon Europe and the Digital Europe programme and relevant RVO programmes (like the EUREKA clusters ITEA and PENTA and the Eurostars programme). Informing and facilitating boards of departments, researchers and the decentralised support within the Research Support Network is an important part of your function. In addition, you develop and maintain a network of relevant national and international stakeholders.

Specific responsibilities of the Senior Research Funding Advisor:

  • Identifying external developments relevant to the TU/e at an early stage and pass this information on to the various stakeholders within the TU/e (Board of Directors, faculty boards, directors institutes, researchers, and decentralized support staff)
  • Signalling of pre-publications of EU Work Programmes, organising input from TU/e stakeholders and distribute these Work Programmes to relevant actors within scientific and support staff.
  • Lobbying for the TU/e interests and its strategic areas on both national and international level
  • Participation in relevant sounding board groups for the Horizon Europe programme and the Digital Europe programme in the Netherlands, and organize that the TU/e is adequately represented in these sounding board groups
  • Developing and maintaining relevant networks with external stakeholders in both Europe and the Netherlands, including frequent participation in national and international events
  • Opportunity identification: supporting, advising, and encouraging researchers and supporters within the TU/e Research Support Network to set up initiatives, form consortia and write great proposals
  • Co-developing an internal TU/e network of successful researchers, panel members and evaluators
  • Giving presentations and developing training for researchers and support staff
  • Interlocutor of deans and researchers on European funding opportunities and issues
  • Interact with other (research) support staff in the field of grants, finance, HR, and Business Development
  • Contribute to the Research Support Office group strategy


You have an academic level of work and thinking. You are communicatively skilled and strong in conveying and sharing knowledge. You have a good written and oral command of the English and Dutch languages. You are well acquainted with the European research programs and have extensive experience in supporting researchers in writing applications for grants and giving presentations/training. Furthermore, you are able to motivate professionals and coordinate their activities. You are proactive, customer-oriented, analytical, result-oriented and an experienced networker. You are independent and flexible and can work well with colleagues inside and outside the team.


The TU/e offers you a position within a dynamic university with a strong focus on new forms of cooperation, both nationally and internationally. The function also offers a high degree of diversity and independence within the team. This vacancy concerns a full-time position (with an availability of at least 32 hours, preferably more).

The TU/e offers:

  • Working at an inspiring campus where we work for the benefit of humanity and where you have plenty of room for personal development and growth.
  • The salary is in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities and depending on education and work experience, salary scale 12 or 13 (depending on training, knowledge, and experience) with a minimum in scale 12 of € 4.538,= and maximum in scale 13 of € 6.317,= (CAO-NU).
  • We offer a one-year contract, with prospect of permanent position.  
  • An attractive package of fringe benefits, including excellent work facilities, extra holiday allowance 8% in May, end-of-year bonus of 8.3% in December and 41 holidays per year.

Depending on the CV and work experience, an appointment via EUFLEX (secondment office of the TU/e) is one of the possibilities. An assessment can be part of the application process.

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Your cover letter and CV can be sent digitally until 1 March 2021 by using the “apply now” application button.