Academic grant writer for cancer research (0.5- 0.8 FTE)

Academic grant writer for cancer research (0.5- 0.8 FTE)

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17 Mar 30 Apr Utrecht

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We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative team player who knows what it takes to do excellent research and who enjoys facilitating this.

Job description

In this position as Grant Writer you will work in the Department of Biomolecular Health Sciences at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. As a grant writer, you are involved in all stages of grant writing, including idea formation, match-to-call checks identifying collaboration partners, writing & editing, and post-award project management. The grant proposals will include personal fellowships, project grants, and consortium grants. 
In addition, you will work together with our research support office to identify relevant research funding opportunities and you are actively engaged in expanding and maintaining the group’s professional network. These research projects are aimed at understanding tumor cell biology, energy metabolism, DNA repair mechanisms, and drug resistance in human and veterinary cancers.
You will work in a multi-disciplinary, inspiring and professional environment with plenty of room for initiative and entrepreneurship. This position offers many opportunities to further develop your talents, which will benefit your career. You will receive coaching and feedback from your colleagues on a regular basis, and there are multiple opportunities to follow specific courses and training programs within the Utrecht University Development Program.


Utrecht University


We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative team player who knows what it takes to do excellent research and who enjoys
facilitating this. Therefore you:
  • hold a PhD degree in Biomedical Sciences, Biology, or related field;
  • have proven experience with grant writing, preferably work experience as writer/grant developer/consultant/research
    support office;
  • preferably have affinity with cancer research;
  • have excellent English presenting and writing skills;
  • are familiar with European research funding systems and programs (e.g. Horizon Europe; NWO);
  • are a team player who is enthusiastic to support other researchers;
  • are a great networker.

Conditions of employment

We offer a temporary position (0.5 - 0.8 FTE) for one year. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience - ranges between €3,821 and €5,230 (scale 11 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.


Utrecht University (UU) is founded in 1636 and is one of the largest universities in the Netherlands, it has over 8000 staff and 31.600 students. UU has the largest Graduate School in Europe, with over >1750 PhDs only within the Life Sciences Graduate School (GS-LS) – an interdisciplinary and cross-faculty PhD program. 
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has 400 researchers including 180 PhD fellows and is the only veterinary knowledge center in the Netherlands and one of the highest ranked worldwide (ranked 4th in QS World University Rankings 2020). The Faculty’s research efforts are concentrated in three thematic interdisciplinary research programs, which are embedded within the University-wide Life Sciences program. The Faculty’s research programs are: One Health – focused on the relationship between animal, human and environment; One Medicine – focused on parallels between human and veterinary medicine; Veterinary Biomedicine – aimed at genesis, diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases.

The Department Biomolecular Health Sciences, one of three departments within the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has 166 FTE employees including 50 PhD students. The department includes the three divisions Pathology, Infection & Immunity as well as Cell Biology, Metabolism & Cancer.


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Health
  • 20—32 hours per week
  • €3821—€5230 per month
  • Doctorate
  • 1186186



Domplein 29, 3512 JE, Utrecht

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