Trainer innovative digital techniques (x/f/m)

Trainer innovative digital techniques (x/f/m)

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10 Jan 19 Feb Utrecht

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Do you have a passion for science? Would you like to make an active contribution to strengthening scientific research in the Netherlands? NWO-I's nine research institutes, together with NWO-I Office, are major centres for scientific research and innovation and carry out world-class research. The institutes focus on scientific questions of national strategic importance and develop new high-tech techniques, methods, instruments and research facilities for this purpose. At the NWO-I Office, we are looking for a trainer in innovative digital techniques to train all our colleagues in the use of new digital tools, apps and software, some of which use artificial intelligence (AI). Currently, the coordinator data stewardship provides training on digital techniques as part of a wider remit. However, we want to devote more time and attention to developing our colleagues' skills in using the latest digital technologies. From that ambition, this vacancy was born.

Job description

What will you do?

As a trainer in innovative digital techniques, you will prepare our colleagues across the organisation, both scientists and support colleagues, to use new digital technologies, such as AI and its use in applications. For example, think about using AI for working out notes, autocompleting code, data analysis or finding and summarising scientific literature. To determine what you will train us on, you will organise meetings every six months where colleagues from all research institutes gather and brainstorm which software or applications are relevant and interesting to learn more about. Together with your colleagues, you will set priorities, while taking the ethical side of using these tools also in to account. Once it has been determined what will be covered, you can start compiling the training materials. To this end, you will collaborate with experts within our own organisation's network and our wider network in the Dutch scientific community. All parties in the network can then use the training materials, creating a win-win situation. You will act as a community manager for the trainers pool we are building within the institutes and deliver the trainings together with them.


As a trainer, it is important that you are interested in the topics you deal with, have the communication and expressive skills to effectively communicate this and thus convey your training with enthusiasm. You have a positive attitude towards the use of AI, but find it important that this is done ethically and responsibly. You will give training at our institutes, so you will regularly be working on different locations in The Netherlands. You will be based in Utrecht and Amsterdam. Within our organisation, it is important that you have a curious mind and are willing to learn and develop: at NWO-I, development is of great importance.


You are part of a varied team at the NWO-I Office consisting of strategic policy advisors, the D&I project leader, the board secretary and the coordinator data stewardship, led by the head of management support & strategy.




  • You are enthusiastic about digital technologies, AI and science and have some coding experience.
  • You have a scientific background.
  • You are able to communicate a complex message clearly to a group and interact with them and preferably have demonstrable experience with this.
  • You can translate objectives into concrete actions and organise them.
  • Good command of the English language, both verbally and in writing.

Conditions of employment

  • A challenging and meaningful position for 28 hours a week.
  • Opportunities for training and development.
  • A collegial, highly skilled team of about 9 people, where we help and assist each other.
  • A two-year contract with a gross full-time monthly salary of minimum €3241 and maximum €5141 (depending on experience), in accordance with scale 10 of the CAO Research Institutions, plus holiday allowance and end-of-year bonus.
  • Opportunities for personal development, e.g. through training courses.
  • Our excellent secondary employment condition are available here. These include the possibility of hybrid working and 8 weeks' holiday per year for full-time employment.



NWO-I, the Institutes organisation of NWO, is an independent foundation belonging to the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). NWO funds scientific research, but also carries out research through the nine national research institutes housed at NWO-I: AMOLF, ARCNL, ASTRON, CWI, DIFFER, Nikhef, NIOZ, NSCR and SRON. NWO-I has a Support Office alongside the institutes. The NWO institutes fulfil national and international roles. NWO institutes are national expertise centres; incubators for scientific innovation; breeding grounds for talent; connectors in national and international research; or developers, managers and enablers of large infrastructures or large datasets. Research at NWO institutes is driven by curiosity and societal challenges.


Scientific and societal questions of national strategic importance require research with long-term commitment and the pooling of multidisciplinary expertise and facilities. NWO institutes realise knowledge and solutions with scientific and societal impact by carrying out, making accessible and disseminating groundbreaking, honest and excellent research. The NWO-I Office supports the Governing Board and the NWO institutes. The NWO-I Office employs about 60 people.


Our institutes are regularly in the news with pioneering research and with technology and participation in major international research missions. They are part of global cooperation around organisations such as CERN, ESO, ESA, ITER, etc.


  • IT; Policy and staff
  • max. 28 hours per week
  • €3241—€5141 per month


Winthontlaan 2, 3526 KV, Utrecht

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