Postdoctoral researcher 'Business Developer'

Vrije Universiteit Brussel


October 10, 2021


Postdoctoral researcher 'Business Developer'

Category: Academic Staff & Researchers

1 - Working at the VUB

For already 50 years, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has stood for freedom, equality and connectedness. These values are strongly present on our campuses, in our students as well as our staff. At the VUB, you'll find a diverse collection of personalities: pure innovators and especially people who are 100% their authentic selves. With about 3.500 employees , we are the largest Flemish-speaking employer in Brussels , an international city with which we are all too happy to be connected, and around which our four campuses are located.

Our education and research are grounded in the principles of free research with an eye on human progress. We disapprove of every purely authoritative argument and guarantee the free formation of judgement that is necessary for this basic principle to be incorporated in the community.

The VUB is autonomous and managed democratically. As such, we guarantee fundamental freedoms within our university, as well as the right of the university community to be involved in making and checking university policy.

The mission of the university includes:

  • the development, the transfer and the application of high-standing academic education and scientific research, free from any prejudice;
  • community integration of this in a spirit of social compassion;
  • critical development of everyone in light of the responsibilities borne in the community.
  • 2 - Position description

    The Faculteit Ingenieurswetenschappen , Department Elektrotechniek en energietechniek , is looking for a postdoctoral researcher.

    More concretely your work package contains:

  • Organizing regular internal meetings with team leaders to better understand the needs of our multidisciplinary team and our valorization plans;
  • Identifying and marketing valorizable research results;
  • Developing and delivering business and valorization plans;
  • Proactively participating in research networks at national and international events organized by EARPA, EGVIA, ERTRAC, EC on European funding programmes, EIT KIC InnoEnergy, VLAIO, Innoviris, FLUX50, FWO, etc.;
  • Stimulating cooperation with industrial partners; entering into bilateral research contracts or subcontracts;
  • Identifying market opportunities and undertaking market insight evaluations to assure the feasibility and viability of identified opportunities;
  • Screening of national public procurement calls;
  • Developing new business opportunities through enterprise, commercial and/or knowledge exchanges;
  • Identifying and informing researchers through various channels about the funding possibilities that exist for their research (one-to-one meetings, website, social media, workshops);
  • Setting up and coordinating cross-domain and multidisciplinary structures;
  • Collaborating with other business developers to create larger networks & projects and setting up strategic partnerships;
  • Support in reviewing marketing materials (flyers, website, presentation slides, etc.);
  • Writing reports on business achievements every 6 months;
  • Support to project proposal drafting;
  • Interaction with the VUB Techtransfer office;
  • Regular assessment and review of MOBI SWOT and impact on team activities;
  • Update of the projects acquisition funnel and review of related metrics;
  • Investigation of complementary funding opportunities for equipment;
  • For this function, our Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus (Elsene) will serve as your home base.

    3 - Profile

    What do we expect from you?

    You have attained a PhD degree;

  • You are a team player who can work independently;
  • General knowledge on electro-mechanical engineering and sustainable energy;
  • Strong communication skills in all formats;
  • You can deal with stress and are able to deal with several projects (and deadlines) at the same time;
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and Dutch (preferable).
  • 4 - Offer

    Are you going to be our new colleague?

    You'll be offered a contract , for an assignment of 1 FTE , for 12 months (extendable, on condition of the positive evaluation of the research activities), with planned starting date 01/12/2021.

    You'll receive a salary linked to one of the scales set by the government.

    At the VUB, you're guaranteed an open, involved and diverse workplace where you are offered opportunities to (further) build on your career.

    As well as this, you'll enjoy various benefits:

  • Full reimbursement for your home-work commute with public transport according to VUB-policy, or compensation if you come by bike;
  • Cost-free hospitalisation insurance ;
  • The space to form your job content and continuously learn via VUB LRN;
  • Excellent facilities for sport and exercise ;
  • Ecocheques ;
  • Delicious meals at attractive prices in our campus restaurants ;
  • An open, family-friendly work environment where attention is paid to work- life balance, and exceptional holiday arrangements with 35 days of leave (based on a fulltime contract).
  • 5 - Interested?

    Is this the job you've been dreaming of?

    Send us ONLINE and at latest on 01/11/2021 your CV, letter of motivation and the highest degree you've attained (not applicable for VUB alumni).

    Do you have questions about the job content? Contact Prof. Dr. Omar Hegazy at or on 0488819954.

    Would you like to know what it's like to work at the VUB? Go to www. and find all there is to know about our campuses, benefits, strategic goals and your future colleagues.

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