Grant Advisor (0.8-1.0 fte) Vacancy number 17-040

17 Feb 2017 1:16 PM | Emma Lythgoe (Administrator)

Grant Advisor

Luris is looking for a

Grant Advisor (0.8-1.0 fte) Vacancy number 17-040

Key responsibilities

As Grant Advisor you will contribute to the development and maintenance of expert knowledge on research grants and innovation programmes. You will provide information to researchers, Leiden University support staff and administrators on relevant funding opportunities and policy developments. You will support researchers in their bid for funding and share best practices on proposal development. You will also contribute to the website, training courses, network events and other materials that support this. You must highly value the role that academic research has for society. You have great affinity with Social Sciences and Humanities research, and easily engage with scholars because of your background. You are a natural networker with great personal skills, with contacts in academia and relevant non-academic (e.g. cultural, industry, government, civil) circles. In addition, first-hand experience with inter sectoral collaborations is required; experience with suitable funding opportunities, such as HERA, H2020 Societal Challenges, (Dutch) Topsector funding, or other related funds are a plus. In your role as Grant Advisor, you will be required to support and further the organisation of large-scale, international research consortia. In addition, you will gather information on the formation of strategic alliances and collaborations in relation to the development of new funding instruments, and relay this to Leiden-based academics and local (faculty and departmental) support-officers. You will furthermore be required to deliver workshops on grant writing, consortium formation and knowledge utilization. You will work closely with the other Luris grant, legal, partnering and entrepreneurship advisors.

Selection criteria

 university degree; research experience is an advantage; 

 background in the Social Sciences and/or Humanities;

  knowledge of research funding; 

 1-3 years’ experience in a research and innovation supporting role or consultancy work environment, particularly with the initiation and writing of proposals for collaborative projects; 

 excellent oral and writing skills in both Dutch and English. English native speakers should have the ability to acquire good Dutch oral and writing skills within a year; 

 excellent communication and consultancy skills; 

 service oriented; 

 good computing skills; 

 Important competencies: You are enthusiastic, inventive and results-oriented. You function well in multi-disciplinary teams, take initiative, and possess networking skills and an ability to motivate others. You also have the ability to effectively manage a broad range of projects with competing deadlines.

Our organisation

Luris supports scientists from Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) in their ambition to have their knowledge impact on society at large. Luris helps to set up vigorous, dynamic new collaborations with business, societal partners, funding agencies and the government as well as seeking to optimise existing relationships with these external parties, thus enriching the research landscape in Leiden University and LUMC.

Terms and conditions

A fascinating job at the knowledge transfer office of an internationally renowned university. Appointment will be according to the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (cao Nederlandse Universiteiten). The initial appointment will be for a period of one year with the opportunity for a renewal of at least one year. The salary will be determined by qualifications and experience, between the gross minimum of € 3,427,- and gross maximum of € 5,330.- per month, based on full-time employment (pay scale 11 or 12, cao NU).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and endof-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. You can find the information on:


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


Enquiries can be made to the Director of Grant Development, dr. Anke Klerkx, email, telephone +31 71 527 2618.


Please send your motivation letter with the vacancy number and your cv no later than 2 March 2017 via email to mrs. Natasja Kaisiepo, at e-mail You will be notified on 3 March, whether you are invited for an interview on 13 March. The second interview will take place on 17 March.


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