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Senior Advisor Collaborative Grants

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2 november 2021
23 november 2021 Vacature gesloten

The Senior Advisor for Collaborative Grants is jointly responsible, together with a principal investigator and a project support team, for producing collaborative research project proposals for which Leiden University is the coordinator. You will support the development of several large scale projects a year, such as those for Horizon Europe, the Knowledge and Innovation Covenant, the National Growth Fund, and the Dutch Research Agenda. You assist a consortium with all aspects involved in an application. You will have an important role in establishing the connections between the researchers and their collaborative societal partners, building on the development and exploration process that has already been initiated. You will organise and monitor the writing process. For each project, you will assemble an appropriate project support team by including members of the larger Research Support Network in the areas of grants, budgeting, data management, business development, contracts and intellectual property, procurement, ethics and diversity, based on their relevance. You will take a goal-oriented approach to this work, but will also be sensitive to the efforts that this requires from other support staff. As an advisor, you will also ensure the good start-up of awarded projects.

This is a new position, created within the University-wide Leiden Research Support programme, which will be continued in the future if it proves successful.

Key responsibilities:

  • Acting as a trusted advisor and robust sounding board for the principal investigators;
  • Taking the lead in the project support team; an excellent organiser for the support team in terms of allocating the required tasks and timelines;
  • Able to make connections and build relationships between researchers and external partners in the private sector, government ministries and other societal organisations;
  • Taking responsibility in the successful finalisation of the acquisition process, usually working to meet strict deadlines. Willing to perform tasks personally if necessary, including the writing of  non-scientific sections;
  • Relationship management with external parties, with the aim of developing long-term connections for future collaboration;
  • Keeping a record of the developed working methods of a project team, and evaluating those methods.

Selection criteria:

  • A mid-career professional with a highly developed capacity for analysing, creating and organising;
  • Experience with developing and writing project proposals for external funding;
  • Experience with project management of externally funded research projects is an advantage;
  • Affinity with scientific research and creating societal impact of research;
  • Able to work creatively within the set frameworks (of the funding organisation and the University). Knowledge of these frameworks and the funding landscape is an advantage;
  • An excellent communicator, who gains energy from facilitating relationships. Able to empathise with the interests of all partners and stakeholders;
  • Team player who finds it easy to take the initiative and enthusiastically leads the project team, but also likes to be hands-on;

Excellent command of English and Dutch, spoken and written.

Our organisation

The senior advisor’s activities are part of the Leiden Research Support programme. You work in the Strategy and Academic Affairs (SAZ) Directorate, which is part of the Administration and Central Services Department. The Directorate supports the Executive Board and the faculties in the area of the University’s strategic development in education, research, impact and valorisation, internationalisation, grant advice, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability. An important task of the Directorate is to monitor national and international developments in higher education. SAZ provides advice and support in the formulation, design, monitoring, evaluation and adjustment of strategy and policy, working closely with colleagues in all parts of the University. SAZ is also responsible for providing advice on applying for grants from national and European programmes. SAZ can additionally be responsible for directing certain relevant strategic programmes and projects, such as the Leiden Research Support programme, the Vision on Teaching and Learning implementation project and the ‘EUniWell’ European University Network.

Terms and conditions

Appointment will take place in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) for Dutch Universities, initially for a period of one year and with the possibility of extension. The programme runs until mid-2023. The salary range, depending on qualifications and experience, is from € 4,538 to  5,826 gross per month, based on a full-time position (scale 12).

Leiden University also offers an attractive benefits package, including an end-of-year bonus (8.3%), holiday allowance (8%), excellent training and development facilities, paid parental leave, sabbatical leave and an ‘individual choices model’ that gives some freedom to select your own terms and conditions. All the information about this can be found at: www.universiteitleiden.nl/werken-bij.


Diversity and inclusion are core values of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to being an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. We welcome a diversity of experiences and perspectives because they enrich and strengthen our University community. 


For more information about this position and what it involves, you are welcome to contact Mr Dennis Janssen, Leiden Research Support Programme Manager, email d.c.f.m.janssen@bb.leidenuniv.nl or tel. +31 (0)71-527 7912. 

Information about the Administrative and Central Services Department and the Strategy and Academic Affairs Directorate can be found here. More information about the Leiden Research Support programme can be found at here.


Candidates are invited to send their application via the ‘Apply’ button no later than November 23th, addressed to Karin Horsman. Please state the vacancy number in your application and attach a motivation letter and CV

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