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Senior Research Manager Una Europa

Vacancy number
22-762 13193
Non-academic staff
Internal , External
Publication date
22 November 2022
Closing date
11 December 2022 Vacancy closed

Senior Research Manager Una Europa (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Leiden University intends to further develop its international position in the areas of education, research and impact in the coming years. We train Dutch and international students to become world citizens, with a focus on problems, including societal issues, close to home and further afield. To this end, we are part of diverse international networks.
Leiden University is a proud member of Una Europa - an alliance of eleven leading European research universities. Una Europa aims to draw on our collective strengths to create a truly European inter-university environment, a University of the Future. In the coming four years, Una Europa will roll out an ambitious initiative with support from the European Commission to further develop its European campus, including both an education and research strand of activities. Leiden University is offering a number of exciting opportunities and leading roles in driving this initiative.
We are looking to recruit an experienced manager who is able to bring people and organisations together, and who will help build research collaboration within Una Europa.

What you will be working on
Leiden University plays a leading role within Una Europa in achieving the following research ambitions:  

  • Setting up interdisciplinary hubs by developing and implementing a new model for interdisciplinary collaboration within the Una Europa focus areas; 
  • Exploring the possibilities for an institute for Advanced Studies; 
  • Developing innovative programmes for researchers who are at the start of their career. 
  • Your main task will be to manage and coordinate the following work package: 
  • In consultation with the steering committee, you will set the trajectory for existing steering committees to develop further into interdisciplinary hubs. You will translate concepts into concrete implementation agendas.
  • You will be informed by input from experts, analyse examples of best practices and enter into dialogue with the partners to explore the possibilities for a joint institute for Advanced Studies. Based on your findings, you will develop a blueprint for the future.
  • You will help develop an innovative programme for ‘joint doctoral interdisciplinary methods training’ and coordinate its implementation. With this, you create new routes for young researchers to gain new experiences in a European context with supervisors and colleagues in different countries.

You will be part of both the international and the Leiden University Una Europa Team in the area of research. As head of the work package, you will be a member of the Una Europa Steering Committee. You will also be part of the central Leiden Una Europa Team of (in the near future) five people, and you will work closely with a broad spectrum of Leiden researchers. You will act as a sparring partner for senior academics and will be capable of inspiring enthusiasm in young researchers and involving them in Una Europa activities.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • You will coordinate and direct the activities aimed at achieving the research ambitions of Una Europa. 
  • You will develop and facilitate the organisation-wide processes needed to achieve the ambitions of Una Europa.
  • You will prepare the coordinating European meetings, monitor progress and ensure the quality of the results.
  • As a member of the Steering Committee, you will monitor the overall progress of the research-related activities and establish connections  with other portfolios within Una Europa and within your own organisation.
  • You will support the management of Leiden University in ensuring that the research policies of Leiden University and Una Europa remain aligned.

What we ask of  you

  • You have extensive work experience in setting up, managing and implementing large international programmes. 
  • You are enthusiastic about building an international research community. You are a sparring partner for (top) researchers.
  • You are a team player, and you are able to bring together people from different cultures and levels to work on common goals.
  • You are independent, proactive and result oriented 
  • You have a well-developed sense of management sensitivity.  
  • You have excellent written and spoken English. A good command of Dutch is an advantage but you can at least read and follow texts and conversations in Dutch.
  • You have an academic degree; a PhD would be an advantage.  
  • You are a resident of a European Union country, or hold a valid work permit.

About Una Europa
Eleven leading European research universities have come together to create a unique alliance – Una Europa. Our universities have been educating Europe for over 1,000 years. Together, we teach over 500,000 students and have almost 100,000 university staff among our network, with digital learners numbering in the millions. Una Europa aims to draw on our collective strengths to create a truly European inter-university environment, a University of the Future.

The Una Europa partners are Freie Universität Berlin, Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna, University College Dublin, University of Edinburgh, Helsingin yliopisto/ Helsingfors universitet, Universiteit Leiden, Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie, Collegium Novum at Jagiellonian University, KU Leuven, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and Universität Zürich. Read more: https://www.una-europa.eu/ 

More about your new department
The Administration and Central Services department supports the Executive Board (CvB) in managing Leiden University. The department is also responsible for the policy and decision-making of the CvB. The Administration and Central Services department works closely with the faculties and the expertise centres. The department carries out tasks and provides services relating to finances, staff, legal affairs and strategic communication in the areas of university administration, career advice, appeals and objections procedures and press information and science communication.

Strategy and Academic Affairs is responsible for strategy development and policy advice relating to teaching and research. It is the duty of SAZ to inform and advise the faculties. SAZ prepares for decision-making and applications for new degree programmes, translates legislation into educational practice, develops policy to promote and support student success, promotes the internationalization of the teaching, advises on developments in the research profiles, supports accreditation processes, develops PhD policy, drafts the strategic plan, develops policy on professors and is responsible for the academic integrity policy.

We offer:

  • The appointment is for the duration of the program (4 years). Leiden University considers the continuation of your employment (either within the university or with another employer) a joined responsibility.
  • Salary range, depending on education and work experience, is from € 4.814,- to € 6.181,- gross per month (pay scale 12, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities), based on a fulltime position.
  • A challenging and inspiring international work environment with ample opportunities for personal and professional development 
  • Opportunities to travel internationally within Europe

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. There is a Dual Career Programme for international spouses; for further details, see https://www.medewerkers.universiteitleiden.nl/po/international-staff/social-life-and-settling-in/your-spouses-career---the-dual-career-programme-dcp

Diversity and inclusion
Fostering an inclusive community is a central element of the values and vision of Leiden University. Leiden University is committed to becoming an inclusive community which enables all students and staff to feel valued and respected and to develop their full potential. Diversity in experiences and perspectives enriches our teaching and strengthens our research. High quality teaching and research is inclusive.
Enquiries can be made to Melissa Koops, e-mail m.koops@bb.leidenuniv.nl or tel. (+31)6 42 19 91 96.

Please submit online your application no later than 12/11/2022 via the blue button in our application system. Only complete applications will be reviewed by the committee.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.

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