Junior Research Grant Advisor (0,8-1,0 fte)

Junior Research Grant Advisor (0,8-1,0 fte)

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Do you have affinity with academic research at the crossroads of health care and policy and organisational sciences? Do you thrive in a dynamic work environment where no day is the same? Can you keep a good overview and have an analytical mind?

Do you have a hands-on mentality and excellent communication and organization skills? Would you like to learn everything about national and European grants? And become the sparring partner for our researchers in the field of grant applications? Then maybe you are the ideal candidate to become our new Junior Research Grant Advisor.

Job description

A Grant Advisor works with researchers to help them identify funding opportunities that match their ambition and then supports the process of preparing a winning proposal.

We are looking for persons who want to develop themselves into a top tier grant advisor. Prior experience with grants is not needed, rather the right drive, skills and personality. If you have excellent English communication skills (both written and verbal), the ability to contextualize complex concepts and the drive and confidence to manage a collaborative process for multiple international stakeholders, you are our ideal candidate.

Surrounded by a team of Grant Advisors you will receive training in the intricacies of the various funding schemes, how to effectively apply a coaching communication style and the sought-after skillset of coordinating collaborative grant writing processes.

You will join the Grants Support team at Erasmus Research Services (ERS) working on major research initiatives and spend 50% of your working hours seconded to the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) Research Office as their dedicated grant advisor.

Together we foster a culture amongst researchers that stimulates funding ambitions, you will build and maintain a network with relevant institutes for ESHPM (s.a. hospitals, governmental bodies, pharmaceutical companies) and act as an expert advisor and source of information for internal and external stakeholders. 

Main responsibilities:

  • Be the right hand to lead researchers preparing major collaborative research proposals;
  • Scout for project ideas within the faculty of ESHPM;
  • Identify and communicate opportunities for personal and collaborative research grants at NWO and other national research funders as well as at the European level (Horizon Europe);
  • Support ESHPM researchers as they apply for research grants, and coach them throughout the application process;
  • Act as first point of contact for ESHPM researchers who want to apply for a grant and organize internal alignment with relevant processes such as financial and project control;
  • Assist in devising acquisition strategies with the ESHPM department heads and the Research Office; create overviews of grant activity;
  • Organize, in collaboration with your colleagues at the ERS grant support office, information sessions, trainings and workshops about research grant opportunities;
  • Proactively engage with external contacts like partner institutes, societal stakeholders and relevant agencies to anticipate new developments and help in building consortia.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


Required experience, skills and competencies:

  • The ambition and willingness to work hard towards positive societal impact;
  • An academic level of thinking and working. A doctorate in the health sciences, or one of our related disciplines (s.a. economics, econometrics, organisational/political sciences, (health) law) will be viewed positively but is not a requirement;
  • The capacity to collaborate with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders;
  • An entrepreneurial, hands-on and open attitude; excellent organization skills;
  • Proactive, stress-resistant, ability to deliver under peak performance;
  • Excellent verbal and written command of English (CEFR level C1). Dutch language skills will be viewed positively.

You will become a member of Erasmus Research Services, a new and rapidly growing department of currently 35 people. Every person in your team is seconded for 50% of their time to one of the faculties and you will become the dedicated advisor for the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM). You will report to the Head of Grants of Erasmus Research Services and the Head of Education & Research Policy of ESHPM.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: Initially for one year. If your performance is satisfactory the contract may be converted to permanent after the first year.

Fixed-term contract: Initially for one year. If your performance is satisfactory the contract may be converted to permanent after the first year.

An internationally oriented and varied work environment within an enthusiastic team, with attractive fringe benefits in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). We offer a contract initially for one year (1 fte, full-time appointment is 38 hours) which may become permanent if your performance is satisfactory. As Junior Grant Advisor your remuneration will grow with how quickly you learn and develop. Your start salary will be in line with salary scale 10 from CAO NU and thus range between € 2.846,- and € 4.490,- gross per month. At the start of your contract, you will agree on a number of development goals with your managers which when met will lead to a guaranteed promotion to Scale 11 from CAO NU (€ 3.821.- to € 5230.-).

Erasmus University Rotterdam offers attractive terms of employment, including a holiday allowance of 8%, a year-end payment of 8.3% and 41 vacation days per year based on a full-time appointment. In addition, EUR takes part in the ABP pension scheme, and we offer partially paid parental leave. Moreover, EUR staff members are allowed to make use of the EUR facilities, including the Erasmus Sports Centre and the University Library.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research, as expressed in our mission ‘Creating positive societal impact’. EUR is home to 3.700 academics and professionals and almost 33.000 students from more than 140 countries. Everything we do, we do under the credo The Erasmian Way – Making Minds Matter. We’re global citizens, connecting, entrepreneurial, open-minded, and socially involved. These Erasmian Values function as our internal compass and create EUR’s distinctive and recognizable profile. From these values, with a broad perspective and with an eye for diversity, different backgrounds and opinions, our employees work closely together to solve societal challenges from the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. Thanks to the high quality and positive societal impact of our research and education, EUR can compete with the top European universities. www.eur.nl.


Erasmus Research Services & The Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management

Erasmus Research Services

Erasmus Research Services (ERS) advances excellent research and knowledge transfer to maximize positive societal impact. ERS creates conditions for transparent, inclusive, collaborative and impactful research through strategic and operational expertise.

We provide pathways for talents to reach their full potential and we advances fruitful collaborations, enabling Erasmus University to be a frontrunner in embedding excellent research in society. The following areas of support are embedded within ERS: Business Development, Grant Support, Legal Counsels, Open Science, Research Data Management, Ethics Review and Research Intelligence. ERS is a relatively young department within Erasmus University Rotterdam and is steadily building and extending its service portfolio. ERS provides support to all faculties of Erasmus University Rotterdam (occassionally to Erasmus University Medical Center).

The Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management

Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is leading in the Netherlands and Europe with its educational and research activities, focused on policy and management topics in healthcare. ESHPM provides a bachelor's degree, five master's degree programmes, a pre-master programme and postgraduate education.

At ESHPM, research and education are closely linked. Knowledge and experience from various scientific disciplines such as economics, law, social-medical sciences, organizational studies and public administration are brought together and applied in health care. Research is being done on three major research themes: ‘competition and regulation in healthcare’, ‘quality and efficiency in healthcare’ and ‘healthcare management’. Our multidisciplinary approach to teaching and research is unique.

Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) is housed in the Bayle (J) Building on the Woudestein campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam and has a strong connection with Erasmus MC. 1300 students study and 200 employees work at ESHPM. Internationalisation is highly valued at ESHPM. The number of students, teachers and researchers from abroad has increased significantly over the past years and has enriched our programme.

You will make part of the ESHPM Educational and Research Policy team, currently existing of approximately ten colleagues in a different variety of functions. 


  • Policy and staff
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €2846—€5230 per month
  • PRO/ERS - 23042022


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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