Team Manager, Life Sciences

Team Manager, Life Sciences

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26 Apr 31 May Amsterdam

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If you have the drive to continuously coach employees and create opportunities for them, are enthusiastic about ICT solutions for research, and have a clear vision on the development of research in the life sciences, then this is the job for you.

Job description

The Netherlands eScience Center is looking for an experienced Team Manager with research experience to join the eScience Center team.   

What will you do?

Line management:

  • Ensure the professional well-being of employees within the section, fostering positive team dynamics and creating a culture of inclusivity.
  • Stimulate cross-sectional and inter-disciplinary collaborations.
  • Maintain group identity and cohesion within the section.
  • Provide structure, direction and purpose to the section: translate organizational strategy and objectives, providing employees context and direction, ensuring performance in line with organizational goals.
  • Stimulate and monitor the personal development of employees and advise on career possibilities, enabling them to develop to full potential.
  • Conduct job performance & development interviews.
  • All further line management related activities, including but not limited to: managing performance, on- and off-boarding, sickness and reintegration, leave registration, conflict resolution, training and development.

Domain representation and outreach:

  • Represent and promote the eScience Center in its national and international context.
  • Ensure and increase the visibility of the eScience Center within the research domain.
  • Raise awareness of the potential and importance of digital skills, and open science within the research domain
  • Develop a community policy for the specific research domain together with the Community Managers.
  • Monitor and interpret developments in research within a specific domain and tie these developments to the section to ensure the viability and continued impact of the eScience Center as a whole.
  • Attend and speak at the relevant domain-related conferences, events and networks.
  • Facilitate contacts with research communities.
  • Stimulate acquisition of externally funded projects.

Activities related to core business (20%):

  • In order to maintain affinity with the primary process, it is expected that the section head will dedicate a percentage of their time to project-related activities, such as engineering, consulting, acquisition or outreach, to their own discretion.


Netherlands eScience Center


What does your work look like?  

You love to manage, coach and develop staff, through effective situational line management, ensuring appropriate opportunities for training and development. You have proven academic capabilities, including an excellent research portfolio and presentation skills, and an overview of the domain for which you are responsible. You also have the ability to build strong relationships with stakeholders. In addition, you have:

  • PhD or equivalent plus at least 6 years’ experience demonstrating independently generated research outcomes within an eScience environment
  • Ability to assess complex situations and maintain a helicopter view
  • Demonstrable team leadership experience
  • Strong communicative, social and organizational skills
  • Supervisory skills, evidenced by coaching of researchers
  • Openness towards interdisciplinary cooperation
  • International orientation, evidenced by international research networks.

Conditions of employment

What do we offer?   

  • We work at the forefront of cutting-edge international research.   
  • You will be part of a team of intelligent, collaborative and ambitious people with a passion for academic research.    
  • You will be given extensive opportunity to further develop your professional and personal capacities.    
  • Salary scale 13, based on our Collective Labour Agreement (WVOI Cao-OI) depending on qualifications and expertise.   
  • Excellent secondary benefits: the possibility to work part time, an allowance for travel and mobile expenses, a holiday allowance (8%), 42 holidays and a year-end bonus (8,33%).   
  • Incoming international employees could benefit from significant government tax relief (30% ruling) for a set number of years.   


The Netherlands eScience Center

The Netherlands eScience Center is the national centre for innovative software solutions in academic research. We aim to bridge the gap in knowledge and expertise between digital technologies on the one hand, and scientific and scholarly inquiry on the other. We create tools and digital methodologies that enable researchers across all disciplines to answer research questions, harnessing our unique blend of academic expertise and software development skills. We attach great importance to software quality and sustainability, and academic recognition of research software.    

We stand for a research-focused, professional, collaborative, open and resourceful approach to everything we do, and we require that our staff identify with these eScience Center values. Our people reflect diversity in background, education, gender, nationality and ethnicity. Together, we form an inclusive group with a common drive.   

Our team managers are both the eScience Center’s experts in a specific research domain and professional line managers for our research software engineers. Each team manager is responsible for one of our four sections: Life Sciences, Natural Sciences & Engineering, Social Sciences & Humanities and Sustainability & Environment.


  • Research, development, innovation; Management; Policy and staff
  • Health; Engineering; Natural sciences; Behaviour and society; Language and culture; Law; Food; Economics; Agriculture
  • Doctorate
  • SP ES 20220426


Netherlands eScience Center

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