Policy Officer International LOFAR Telescope / ERIC
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Do you want to work in a dynamic international scientific environment? Are you a natural bridge-builder? Are you ready for the challenge of adapting a complex international scientific and operational collaboration structure, and forging new partnerships? Do you enjoy preparing large funding proposals and managing EC projects? Do you have excellent planning, time management & organization skills? Then you can be our new


Policy Officer International LOFAR Telescope / ERIC


The International LOFAR (LOw Frequency ARray) Telescope (ILT) is a world-leading distributed radio astronomy research infrastructure, with cohesively operated facilities, in part owned by a steadily growing number of diverse partners around Europe, and anchored by ASTRON (the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy). An ambitious upgrade, LOFAR2.0, is underway to keep the infrastructure at the cutting edge of science throughout the next decade and beyond. Considering the ongoing evolution, the ILT, now a foundation under NL law, is working to apply for and implement a change to a robust European governance: LOFAR ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium), to be hosted by the Netherlands.

Job description:
You will support the Director ILT and in future the Director LOFAR ERIC. The focus will be on:

  • Furthering LOFAR ERIC application (stewardship of process, EC & partner relations, policy preparations)
  • Deployment and implementation of LOFAR ERIC
  • Policy support to institutional functioning of LOFAR ERIC
  • Strengthening of LOFAR ERIC (extending partnerships, support base and network)
  • Coordinated (multi-)national funding acquisition

Job requirements:

  • Experience in the institutional functioning of internationally oriented scientific/technological research organisations
  • Preferably experience with public (national, multi-national, EC) science policy-making, and funding schemes
  • Has a drive to contribute to organising flourishing and efficient collaborations among diverse partners
  • Proven organisational skills, analytically strong, flexible problem-solver, creative mindset, bridge-builder
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills in English (proficiency in Dutch is an advantage)
  • Master level required, PhD level preferred; experience in conducting research in physical sciences an advantage

The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement Research Institutes.


  • A full-time 38 hours/ week temporary appointment for a period of 4 years in the service of the Netherlands Foundation of Scientific Research Institutes (NWO-I)
  • A gross monthly salary on a full-time basis, in the range of € 3.778 to € 5.907 depending on relevant experience
  • A holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.33% of the gross annual salary
  • A solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • 42 vacation days per year on a full-time basis
  • We offer the facilities to grow and develop yourself in this position

The organization:

The International LOFAR Telescope is hosted by ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, with offices in a beautiful natural setting near the village of Dwingeloo, the Netherlands. ASTRON is an institute of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO; which is also the national research funding agency). ASTRON is committed to increasing its staff diversity, and we are especially interested in applications from women and other traditionally under-represented groups.


For more information about ASTRON you can go to our website www.astron.nl. For more information about this vacancy, please contact Diana Verweij, Head HR, Communications & Support, mailto: verweij@astron.nl.

You can apply for this job by sending your letter and curriculum vitae to ASTRON via the ‘Apply now’ button below. The first closing date is March 8, 2021, for interviews in mid-March (by video due to the pandemic). Internal and external recruitment will take place in parallel. Candidates will be considered until the position has been filled.

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