Community Builder MESA+

Community Builder MESA+

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24 May 21 Jun Enschede

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Job description

Do you enjoy developing innovative ways of collaboration between companies and universities in the public or private sector in order to develop a value for our society? The University of Twente can offer you that opportunity.

The MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology works closely together with MinacNed (the trade association for microsystems and nanotechnology) to maintain and extend a flourishing ecosystem that connects companies (mostly SME’s) and knowledge institutes in the field of micro-, nano-, and quantum technology.

A promising key emerging technology is quantum technology and the ecosystem around this technology is starting to grow, also thanks to the Quantum Delta National Growth fund programme (QDNL). As we see unprecedented chances in linking microtechnology, nanotechnology and quantum technology, the creation of a common ecosystem is key for success. Therefore MESA+, MinacNed and QDNL decided to team up, and are seeking a Community Builder to establish the required links needed for a vibrant micro-nano-quantum community.

The position

Your main activity as Community Builder is to identify the key stakeholders in micro, nano and quantum technologies, to connect these and to further develop a collaborative, vibrant and lasting ecosystem. This implies that:
  • You are jointly responsible for establishing and putting together sustainable relationships with major industrial partners, knowledge institutes, governments and network organizations, including the development of propositions/roadmaps;
  • You support, advise, and guide stakeholders within the ecosystem with respect to long term innovation and value creation;
  • You will connect academia and industry to set up consortia for external fund raising and expand the network of contacts;
  • You create support for your plans at all levels and you are closely involved in their implementation and evaluation.


University of Twente (UT)


A strong relationship builder who can switch between different layers within organizations and the ecosystem. You have experience in building successful public-public or public-private partnerships and you can motivate researchers and industry to participate in these initiatives. You know how to work in a team of professionals and contribute to the overall success of the team.

  • Have the ability to create and maintain senior-level networks and relationships with external parties and focused at (multidisciplinary) cooperation and bridging disciplines;
  • Are able to function effectively within a complex and dynamic organisational setting;
  • Are ambitious, entrepreneurial, and result-focused;
  • Have knowledge of research and innovation dynamics, methods and projects;
  • Have experience in setting up PPP research programs, building sustainable partnerships and attracting dedicated funding;
  • Have a vision on how to further develop the ecoysystem around micro-, nano- and quantum technology;
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills, both in Dutch and in English (*C1), and German is well appreciated;
  • Hold a MSc/PhD in Microtechnology, nanotechnology or quantum technology.

Conditions of employment

  • A challenging position (32-38 hours/week) in an inspiring multidisciplinary and industrial-academic environment, within a university which continuously improves the collaboration with industry and start-ups. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in a stimulating scientific environment;
  • The appointment will initially be for a one-year period with the prospect of a permanent contract;
  • The salary amounts, depending on education and experience, minimal 3.974,- to a maximum of € 5.439, gross per month in case of a fulltime employment;
  • The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • The number of holiday hours for full-time employment is 232 hours per calendar year.



At MESA+, we believe in realising grand solutions with the extremely small. We contribute to solving current and future societal challenges. We do this by using our fascination with the extremely small. We bring societal challenges inside and use our fascination to work on innovative and sustainable solutions. We focus on societal challenges in four application areas: Health, AgriFood & Water, Security, and Energy & Sustainability.

With our research, we contribute to a fair, sustainable and digital society.


Embracing a cross-disciplinary approach and benefiting from the MESA+ NanoLab, over 500 researchers deliver high quality, frequently ground-breaking research. MESA+ actively seeks collaboration with external partners providing an excellent setting for consortium formation. Next to our excellent scientists and facilities, we offer a strong regional ecosystemthat creates the breeding ground to let ideas blossom and grow to relevant, successful solutions and businesses.


  • Marketing and communications
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €3974—€5439 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1137


University of Twente (UT)

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