Senior Business Developer Resilient Cities (1,0 fte)

Senior Business Developer Resilient Cities (1,0 fte)

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21 May 11 Jun Rotterdam

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“Creating positive societal impact: the Erasmian way” is central in the strategy of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). EUR has recently established its Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO) as an important means to achieve its impact mission. The KTO is now looking for a Senior Business Developer with a focus on Resilient Cities to strengthen the team.

Job description

As a senior business developer Resilient Cities you take a leading role in creating and managing relationships between Erasmus University and outside partners (businesses including start-ups and scale-ups, other societal-,governmental- and academic partners) on the topics of Resilient Cities.  
Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus MC and Delft University of Technology have joint forces on this theme under the name “Resilient Delta Initiative”. Together the objective is to develop an integrated approach to address the major social issues with which the Rotterdam region is increasingly struggling, as well as to offer an example for regions elsewhere in the world. Your take ownership to develop (research) projects and -programmes with impact and to attract funding for the Resilient Delta Initiative

You work outside-in. You proactively interact with possible partners in the region, in the Netherlands and internationally to identify common interests. You actively look for opportunities in the EUR academic community, which can be further developed with companies and/or other societal organizations

You have an interdisciplinary focus. Erasmus University strongly believes that the interdisciplinary collaboration between academic institutes, such as our partners Erasmus Medical Center and Delft University of Technology, will greatly enhance our impact mission.

Your main responsibilities will be to:

  • Connect (proactively) business- and other societal partners with researchers from Erasmus University;
  • Actively support researchers and their potential partners from business and society to identify, explore and establish collaborative research trajectories, research projects and research programmes;
  • Break down complex problems quickly and identify logical next steps;
  • Build and maintain a broad network within the university, with other academic institutes, societal partners, start-ups and corporates;
  • Proactively connect EUR research with regional, national and international knowledge and innovation agenda’s;
  • Find funding opportunities from societal and business partners, where needed via strategic usage of regional, national, European or other subsidies.
  • Support EUR researchers in the realization of public private partnership institutes in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science within the framework of the convergence strategy of EUR, TU Delft and Erasmus Medical Center;


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


  • Academic education, at least Master degree;
  • A minimum of 10 years working experience in a relevant environment;
  • Demonstrable experience in working as an intermediary between research and business.
  • The capability to act as a trusted sparring partner for top scientists and decision makers from corporate and societal partners;
  • The ability to understand and deal with complex problems quickly;
  • An affinity with research and the relation between excellent fundamental research and large societal challenges;
  • The capability to quickly identify the essence of research projects and research ideas and match them with the potential interest from businesses or societal partners;
  • A relevant network in private sector and public institutions and the ability to activate and expand this network for the purpose of building public private partnerships;
  • A proactive, entrepreneurial, hands-on, flexible and open attitude;
  • A good set of people skills, a keen eye for different interests/motivations;
  • Good command of the Dutch and English language (CEFR C1).

Conditions of employment

An internationally oriented and varied job in an enthusiastic team, with good working conditions in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU).

The successful candidate will be offered a full-time, one year contract with Erasmus University Rotterdam. The contract can be extended in case of a positive assessment.

In accordance with the conditions applied at Erasmus University Rotterdam as indicated in the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO NU) of the Dutch universities, the salary is dependent on the candidate’s experience and is set at a maximum of CAO NU scale 13 with a minimum of €5.190,- and a maximum of € 6.317,- gross per month, on a fulltime basis. In addition, EUR pays an 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year payment of 8.3% and offers excellent secondary benefits, like a very generous leave scheme. Furthermore, EUR is affiliated with ABP for the pension provision and we offer partially paid parental leave. Employees can also use EUR facilities, such as the Erasmus sports center and the University library.

EUR offers a Dual Career Programme (DCP) to assist the life partners of new academic staff (on pay-roll) in finding employment in The Netherlands. The programme is offered in close cooperation with nearby universities of Delft and Leiden.

We value diversity and believe that a diversity of talents contributes to our vision and strategy to excel as a university on research and education.


Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research. Our scientists and students work in close collaboration with internal and external parties to solve global, social challenges, inspired by the always dynamic and cosmopolitan Rotterdam. Our mission is therefore "Creating positive societal impact". Our academic education is intensive, active and application-oriented. Our research increasingly takes place in multidisciplinary teams, which are strongly intertwined with international networks. With our research impact and thanks to the high quality of education, EUR can compete with the top European universities. The Erasmian values ​​function as our internal compass and make Erasmus University recognizable to the outside world: engaged with society, world citizen, connecting, entrepreneurial and open-minded.


Erasmus Research Services

You will become part of the Business Development and Knowledge Transfer team within Erasmus Research Services (ERS). Other support provided by ERS to individual researchers and research groups include support in the areas of grants, ethical reviews, legal advice, research data management, open science and research intelligence. The ERS services are for the benefit of all faculties and. ERS operates in a complex stakeholder landscape. Innovation, acquisition of financial (subsidy/sponsor) funds, connection with society, companies and other (external) stakeholders are the most important tasks at its core.

You will report to the head of Business Development and Knowledge Transfer.


  • Policy and staff; Support staff (clerical, administrative, facility)
  • max. 40 hours per week
  • €5190—€6317 per month
  • University graduate
  • ERS-21052021


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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