Director, 4TU.ResearchData

Director, 4TU.ResearchData

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14 Apr 8 May Delft

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Research Data Management is now an important landmark on the scientific landscape. As a repository for research data and software within science, engineering and design, and with a strong community around it, 4TU.ResearchData plays an increasingly important role in (inter) national developments of FAIR Data. 4TU.ResearchData is a collaboration of four universities of the 4TU.Federation, but also a host of the newly established Thematic Digital Competence Centre for Natural and Engineering Sciences, which brings together the key institutions and research infrastructures within the domain. 4TU.ResearchData is also one of the four partners in Research Data Netherlands (RDNL), where it jointly contributes to the delivery of training for aspiring data stewards and organises the biannual Dutch Data Prize. Furthermore, 4TU.ResearchData plays a prominent role in international research data and open science landscape through involvement in projects building the European Open Science Cloud.

The Director of 4TU.ResearchData will manage and inspire a team of more than 10 staff that form the 4TU.ResearchData team, and also act as line manager for staff appointed for the TDCC NES.

The postholder will:

  • Oversee the strategy of 4TU.ResearchData: monitor the (inter)national developments in FAIR Data and develop an effective strategy for the organisation in response to capitalise on these developments.
  • Represent 4TU.ResearchData nationally and internationally and influence (inter)national discussions in relation to FAIR Data.
  • Secure the interests of 4TU.ResearchData and leverage opportunities in national fora, such as the NWO regieorgaan Open Science, Research Data Netherlands (RDNL), TDCC NES.
  • Deepen the strategic and operational relationship with other universities in the 4TU.Federation.
  • Develop a relationship with the universities and other stakeholders in the exact sciences, aiming for a closer collaboration with the TDCC NES.
  • Ensure constant innovation of services by identifying new opportunities, building consortia and securing external funding for exploratory and innovative work.
  • Build and exploit Dutch and global research data networks to strengthen the position of 4TU.ResearchData nationally and internationally. 


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


  • Strong affinity for academic research, preferably with a background in applied or technical sciences.
  • Strategic thinker, who can connect different departments and facilities.
  • Dedicated manager, capable of inspiring team members; aware of how to address others’ motivations.
  • Excellent communicator, adjusting to different stakeholders; able to persuade others of the value of good research data management
  • Ability to manage digital services, and knowledge to ensure services function consistently.
  • Good command of the English language. Willing to learn Dutch to B2 listening level.

Conditions of employment

  • Duration of contract is permanent.
  • A job of 32-40 hours per week.
  • A salary based on scale 12 of the CAO for Dutch Universities with a minimum of €4.814,- and a maximum of €6.181,- gross per month based on a fulltime contract (38 hours), plus 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • An excellent pension scheme via the ABP.
  • The possibility to compile an individual employment package every year.
  • Discount with health insurers.
  • Flexible working week.
  • Every year, 232 leave hours (at 38 hours). You can also sell or buy additional leave hours via the individual choice budget.
  • Plenty of opportunities for education, training and courses.
  • Partially paid parental leave
  • Attention for working healthy and energetically with the vitality program.


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!


University Corporate Office - TU Delft Library

TU Delft Library is the largest technical-scientific library in the Netherlands, a physical and virtual meeting place. The Library helps to find valuable knowledge needed for education and research, and to publish and store the knowledge generated at TU Delft. We believe it is important that knowledge is easily accessible and freely available to everyone. In this way, knowledge can flow freely and TU Delft's knowledge can become valuable to others. The Library is also a place where everyone can study in peace and quiet. This fits in with our inclusive organisation. The Library has chosen three strategic themes to guide its daily activities. 1) Open Science. We make an important contribution to TU Delft's broad strategic programme "Open Science - Research and Education in the Open Era". 2) Visibility and impact. With our expertise and tools in the field of research data management, research intelligence and publishing, we increase the findability, visibility and impact of TU Delft knowledge. 3) Inspiring learning and working environment. Through stimulating programming, we show how freely available and reliable knowledge makes life richer. This makes the Library a place where you can find new ideas and insights. 


  • Policy and staff
  • €4814—€6181 per month
  • Higher professional education
  • TUD03782


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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