Project Leader DesignLab 32h

Project Leader DesignLab 32h

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15 Jul 26 Jul Enschede

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Job description

DesignLab at the University of Twente (UT) has a vacancy for a Project Leader (32h).


DesignLab is a student-driven ecosystem to experiment and innovate to meet the demands of a constantly evolving society. This is achieved through new types of education (such as the master-insert Shaping Responsible Futures), different forms of research (e.g. responsible Design, Open Science, and Citizen Science) and public-private partnerships.

DesignLab is an ecosystem where students and researchers from UT collaborate intensively and enthusiastically with external partners in a transdisciplinary manner on iconic projects facing societal challenges within the focus areas Responsible Design and Citizen Science. With this, DesignLab brings together different stakeholders - researchers and students, but also citizens, companies, governments, knowledge institutes - to work within the DesignLab-approach to translate societal challenges involving interaction between society and technology into research questions and/or practical outcomes by opening up academic research and education.

The working language at DesignLab is English.

Job description

The Project Leader works towards achieving DesignLab’s goals by working closely together with the staff and student employees on activities that connect DesignLab and the UT community. It includes coordination and support of external and internal projects, working together with internal and external partners to deliver the best results.

You efficiently carry out projects and work packages within larger projects. You are eager to search for and contact suitable (internal) partners, researchers, staff and students in order to achieve the result(s) that have been defined for the project(s).

You are in close contact with Program and Project Managers at DesignLab and will carry out your activities in collaboration with a project team. This includes taking part in the daily activities of DesignLab, and actively contributing to further improve the preparation, coordination and evaluation of projects. Last but not least you explore opportunities to maximize the impact of DesignLab within the university, and beyond!


University of Twente (UT)


  • We look for a creative person with a background in- or affinity with Responsible Design and Citizen Science who has professional experience with external profiling in an (inter)national setting and for (inter)national target groups.
  • You possess an academic Bachelor or Master’s degree and have proven affinity with technical education and research programmes.
  • Our ideal candidate is proactive, results-oriented, inventive, analytical, has a hands-on approach and tried experience with project-based work, who enjoys working on several projects simultaneously and has excellent communication and writing skills in Dutch and English.
  • You feel comfortable to work in a multifaceted environment with hardworking people. You feel comfortably to work both in a flexible manner as well as in a solitary way. You are a hardworking teammate and like to engage in innovative initiatives that evolve in uncertain ways.


Interested in this position? Please apply by clicking on the `Apply now’ button below before July 26 2020. Include a motivation letter and a detailed CV, summarizing your education and previous work experience.

For more information about the vacancy, please send an email to Miriam Iliohan, Co-founder and Manager DesignLab, at

Conditions of employment

We offer a challenging job in a cheerful and inspiring working environment with an attractive campus and lots of facilities for sports and leisure! The university provides a dynamic ecosystem with hardworking colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

  • The position is for 32h and initially for two years. Before the end of the contract, you will be subject to a job performance evaluation. If positive and the circumstances of the organization remain the same, the contract may be converted into a permanent contract. This may differ for internal candidates, depending on their current contract.
  • The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO), and include:
  • a gross monthly salary between € 2.656 and € 3.548 based on education and relevant work experience;
  • a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • a minimum of 29 leave days in case of fulltime employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours.
  • professional and personal development programs;
  • a good pension.


DesignLab at the University of Twente, founded in 2014, is the leading platform for multidisciplinary collaboration, innovation and creativity in the Netherlands. DesignLab uses its own distinctive approach to connect science and society: Science2Design4Society. It establishes creative, multidisciplinary links between science and society by means of education, academic research and knowledge transfer. Students and scientists from various disciplines work together with public and private partners to deploy and further develop scientific and technological insights, in order to design creative, innovative and meaningful solutions to complex social challenges. In its efforts to translate scientific knowledge into usable results, societal value plays a central role. The scientific directorship of DesignLab is in the hands of professors Vanessa Evers, Peter-Paul Verbeek and Mascha van der Voort. The management is in the hands of the DreamTeam, which consists of dedicated students with the Operations Manager as a supervisor/mentor. In addition, DesignLab has a highly motivated staff and an extensive network within and outside the University of Twente.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply. 


  • Policy and staff
  • max. 32 hours per week
  • €2656—€3548 per month
  • Higher professional education
  • 1104480


University of Twente (UT)

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