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Vacancy

Business developer solar to fuel and chemicals

Vacancy number
22-153
Function type
Academic staff
Hours (in fte)
1
External/ internal
External
Location
Leiden
Placed on
9 March 2022
Closing date
29 March 2022 Vacancy closed

The Faculty of Science and the Leiden Institute of Chemistry at Leiden University are looking for a: 
Business developer solar to fuel and chemicals

Vacancy number: 22-153

Key responsibilities
The SUNER-C Horizon Europe coordination and support action partnership aims to foster the industrial ecosystem for accelerating the displacement of fossil resources by renewable solar fuels and chemicals towards the EU net-zero emissions target by 2050. The aim is to aggregate knowledge and develop conditions to overcome scientific, technological, organizational and socioeconomic challenges to accelerate innovation and enable the transition of electrochemical, photoelectrochemical and photochemical manufacturing of solar fuels and chemicals from abundant H2O and atmospheric CO2 in the circular economy from laboratory and demonstrator level to large-scale industrial and broad societal application. You will develop public-private links, define resources and funding requirements, set up probes for public debate and assemble a business plan of actions from the comprehensive roadmap delivered by the SUNER-C consortium. 
You will write a business plan (blueprint) for the Large Scale Research Initiative on solar fuels to be agreed upon with the European Commission and the Member States based on key performance indicators for the short (1-2 years), intermediate (3-5 years) and long (10-20 years) terms in an ongoing dialogue with public and private stakeholders. For this we are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated science-based-business developer, PhD level or comparable with experience in solar to fuel and chemicals technologies, including photoelectrochemistry and photochemistry for artificial photosynthesis. Your blueprint will include indications on the needed public funding and private investments, and integration of societal and cross-cutting aspects, and identify stakeholders. It will determine action points with timescales for implementation, resolve and secure the financial underpinning in the ecosystem and identify the relevant stakeholders to address fundamental research and innovation needs. 

Selection Criteria
•    PhD level in (Bio)chemistry, biology, or equivalent;
•    Proven interest in Solar Fuels and Chemicals;
•    Solid skills in business development;
•    Proven Proficient in English (verbal and writing);
•    Excellent communication skills. 

Our organisation
The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 2.300 staff and almost 5,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden’s Bio Science Park, one of Europe’s biggest science parks, where university and business life come together. 
The chemistry and life science research in the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) is organized around two major research areas: ‘Chemical Biology’ and ‘Energy & Sustainability’. The institute’s research themes illustrate the central position of chemistry between biology, medicine and physics. The various research topics carried out within these themes are ideal for executing interdisciplinary research and innovation. The Leiden University Research and Innovation Services (https://luris.nl) has a long and established track record in connecting academics with the market and society at large, in order to make the most of their scientific knowledge. 
The SUNER-C community has over 300 supporting organisations (https://www.sunergy-initiative.eu).
For more information, see  https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/science and  https://workingat.leiden.edu/ 

Terms and conditions  
We offer a full-time position for initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities and compatibility the appointment will be extended by up to two years till the end of the SUNER-C project. Salary range from € 3420,=  to € 4490,= gross per month (pay scale 10) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). 
Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses(8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break. 

Diversity 
Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Information 
Enquiries can be made to Prof. Huub de Groot (groot_h@lic.leidenuniv.nl).

Applications 
To apply for this vacancy, please send an email to Mrs. Liesbeth van der Velden, e-mail: veldenevander@lic.leidenuniv.nl. Please ensure that you upload the following additional documents quoting the vacancy number:
•    Letter of motivation addressed to Prof Huub de Groot, including a statement why you are suited for this position;
•    Curriculum vitae with list of publications;
•    Three references, including names, affiliations and email addresses.

Only applications received 29th of march  can be considered. 

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