We are looking for an enthousiastic and ambitious Liaison Officer who will represent UU/UMCU in this Alliance on the Preventive Health domain. Together with the liaison officers of the two partner institutes (TU/e and WUR) you aim to gain a competitive position in the (inter-)national Preventive Health research landscape for the EWUU Alliance:

  • map ongoing research activities in this domain and recognize overlapping and complementary areas;
  • identify opportunities where scientific progress and innovation can be achieved together based on connecting to the expertise in the organization and externally;
  • identify opportunities where scientific progress and innovation can be achieved together based on connecting to the expertise in the organization and externally;
  • explore possibilities to establish common research projects and programs by building consortia for successful proposals to be funded nationally and by European research funds;
  • establish groundbreaking, substantial, and iconic collaboration amongst internal and external partners;
  • enthuse and support researchers to participate in the activities and opportunities offered by this Alliance;
  • advocate the added value of this Alliance both internally and externally;
  • Report on progress and achievements of the Alliance.

At UU/UMCU, you will be based in the group of Roel Vermeulen/ Niek de Wit which focuses on Preventive Health.


Since the EWUU Alliance is still in launching phase, we are looking for someone:

  • who has a clear vision on the opportunities offered by the membership in this Alliance; 
  • who is experienced in shaping good team dynamics, crossing corporate cultures;
  • having an independent working attitude, at the same time being a real team player (the team you will be working with currently consists of the team lead located at WUR, 1 liaison officer at TU/e, 1 admin support at WUR. The aim is to expand this team in 2022 with research line managers, marcom & finance supports );
  • able to build networks, taking into account commercial aspects;
  • having excellent communication, negotiation, collaborative and facilitation skills;
  • having decision capacities, taking into corporate strategies.

Given the focus area on Preventive Health for this position you need to:

  • have demonstrable expertise of Preventive Health and affinity with the health domain in general;
  • be familiar with the organizations of UU and UMCU and their research areas;
  • have a MSc/PhD degree in a relevant background such as life sciences, nutrition, social sciences, technical science and have management experience;
  • have sufficient contacts and affinity within Preventive Health related groups within UU and UMCU.


We offer a temporary position (0.8 FTE) for one year in an international working environment. The gross salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience  – ranges between €3.974 and €5.439 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. After a positive evaluation, the agreement will be extended. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year.

In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions 

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 (multiple choice model). For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University 

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About the organisation

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University 

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, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

Together with Technical University Eindhoven and Wageningen University & Research, Utrecht University and UMC Utrecht join forces in the EWUU Alliance, one of the focus areas being Preventive Health. Although the EWUU Alliance is established in 2019, it is still in launching phase.

And with more than 12,000 employees, the University Medical Center Utrecht, of which the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital is part, is one of the largest public healthcare institutions in the Netherlands and the largest employer in the region. With another six strategic research themes 

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 do University Medical Center Utrecht and UU complement each other perfectly.

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Martine van der Mast (Programme Director Institute 4 Preventive Health (i4PH) ), via martine.vandermast@wur.nl 

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 of (06) 39 26 71 44.


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply, please send your Curriculum Vitae, including a letter of motivation via the ‘apply’ button. We do not respond to applications that are sent to us in a different way.

If you are interested in working in an exciting, dynamic, high-tech environment, where you contribute to the creation of the society of the future, then please apply as soon as possible. The selection of the applicants will take place immediately after receipt.

There is concurrent internal and external recruitment for this vacancy. For applicants of equal ability, internal applicants will be favored over external ones.

The application deadline is 25 August 2022.


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