Postdoctoral researcher 'Business Developer'
Category: Academic Staff & Researchers
1 - Working at the VUB
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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.
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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
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
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,
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
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
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
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 ;
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
Do you have questions about the job content? Contact Prof. Dr. Omar Hegazy at
firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0488819954.
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