Open Access Officer Faculty of Science (0.8 – 1.0 FTE)

Open Access Officer Faculty of Science (0.8 – 1.0 FTE)

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18 Nov 5 Dec Utrecht

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Excited to guide researchers, lecturers and other colleagues in the transition to Open Access publishing? Join us as proactive Open Access Officer.

Job description

Utrecht University (UU) is transitioning to Open Science to realise the impact of research and education faster and better. We are looking to fundamentally change the practice of education and research in the coming years. To realise this ambition we are implementing an university-wide Open Science Programme, including the following five themes: Open Access, FAIR data & software, Recognition & Rewards, Public Engagement and Open Education. This new position supports one of the five themes of the Open Science Programme: Open Access.

You as a dedicated Open Access Officer within the Faculty of Science advise and supports researchers of our six departments on all aspects related to Open Access publications. You have knowledge of grants and finances, different publication cultures, and how research works. Using this information you advise the other domains (Finance & control, IT, Communication) accordingly.

You are going to be based in the Research and Valorisation Policy department as the point of contact for Open Access possibilities at the Faculty of Science. You will aid in creating a culture change to make Open Access become an integral part of research within the faculty. To reach this goal, you will support researchers by making information about publishing in Open Access journals findable, accessible, and transparent and advise on how to proceed.

Next to this you will be:

  • making relevant information available for submitting Open Access and keeping this information updated;
  • creating insight into Open Access possibilities and costs (status of Open Access journals, publication fees, publication deals between UU, faculty, and publishers);
  • advising on the publication plan for funding proposals and potential issues regarding budget and demands of funders;
  • increasing awareness of Article Processing Charges and Open Access deals involving UU, faculties, and publishers;
  • keeping close contact with the University Library and the Faculty Library committee;
  • promoting the Open Access ambitions and policy lines of the UU, and Faculty of Science in particular within our faculty;
  • monitoring and promoting the progress and implementation of the faculty’s Open Access publication aim.


Utrecht University


We are looking for someone with:

  • an academic work and -thought ethic;
  • a hands-on mentality and a proactive attitude;
  • demonstrable interest and preferably experience and expertise in the field of Open Access;
  • the ability to convert information on Open Access into concrete and feasible advice for researchers, lecturers, and other colleagues;
  • knowledge of the (Dutch) field of Higher Education and Science;
  • good oral and written communication skills in Dutch and/or English.

Conditions of employment

  • You will have varied and challenging work and you will be working in an inspiring environment with a collegial, diverse team in which everyone can use their qualities to the full;
  • A position for 1 year;
  • A full-time gross salary ranging from €2,960 to €4,670 in scale 10;
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • A pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

In addition to the employment conditions from the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. These include agreements on professional development, leave arrangements, and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment through the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we encourage you to grow. For more information, please visit working at Utrecht University.

Are you an international applicant? Then do have a look for more information about what our International Service Desk does and for the what and how on living in the Netherlands.


A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

At the Faculty of Science, there are 6 departments to make a fundamental connection with: Biology, Chemistry, Information and Computing Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Physics. Each of these is made up of distinct institutes that work together to focus on answering some of humanity’s most pressing problems. More fundamental still are the individual research groups – the building blocks of our ambitious scientific projects. For an impression, please watch Working at the Faculty of Science of Utrecht University.

The Research and Valorisation Policy Department consists of policy officers, project managers and the grant officers of the Research Support Office (RSO). The Research and Valorisation Policy Department is part of the management of the Faculty of Science. We are a department with an informal atmosphere, where collegiality is paramount and where, in addition, everyone works independently. 


  • Support staff (clerical, administrative, facility)
  • Natural sciences
  • 30—40 hours per week
  • €2960—€4670 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1200252



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