Are you interested in spearheading a dynamic interdisciplinary public-private research consortium? Do you show strong leadership, communicate effectively, and have proficient organizational abilities for successful coordination across diverse stakeholders? Join us in our state-of-the-art prestigious five-year research programme, COMCRIM, innovative in focus and approach. We are passionate about conducting cutting-edge research, with societal impact, into data-driven solutions for crimes that undermine democracy and the rule of law in and via the Netherlands (‘ondermijning’), and are therefore looking for an exceptional candidate like you. Please apply now to be a force for a more resilient democracy and rule of law!About Us:
You will be a Project Manager in our interdisciplinary public-private research consortium that seeks to address the fundamental problem of crimes that undermine democracy and the rule of law in and via the Netherlands (in Dutch: rechtsstaat-ondermijnende criminaliteit
or in short ondermijning
). Realizing that, for such a complex issue, the sum is more than its parts, more than 28 scholars from at least nine disciplines jointly conduct interdisciplinary research under the overall theoretical framework of complexity science. Given that neither the private sector nor the public sector can address this challenge on its own, 22 private and public agencies including three banks, two intelligence and law enforcement agencies, two applied knowledge institutes, three ministries, three NGOs, and three network organizations collaborate. Altogether, our COMCRIM community intends to gain a fundamental understanding of crimes that corrode democracy and the rule of law and develop proactive, evidence-based solutions thereto that foster resilience including on rule of law principles like accountability to the law, equality before the law, and fairness in the application of the law. To achieve this aim, we inter alia detect crime in unorthodox data sources like banking records, follow the money, and discern networks, patterns and trends. COMCRIM
This five-year research project entitled COMbatting CRIMes that undermine democratic societies governed by the rule of law in a smart and comprehensive manner
(in short: COMCRIM) is part of the NWA research programme ‘Research along Routes by Consortia (ORC)’
, financed by the Dutch Research Council NWO (see for more information under budget range 2-5 million euros). The NWA supports excellent research in the Netherlands, providing funding to scientific consortia that have the potential to rank among the world’s best in their field. COMCRIM is a response to the urgent need for an informed perspective on crimes that undermine democracy and the rule of law in and via the Netherlands. Under the overall theoretical framework of complexity science, COMCRIM seeks to understand the systemic problems caused by such crime to core public and private institutions, society, and public values and norms. The project brings together three lines of inquiry: (i) socio-legal, (ii) computer science, and (iii) socio-economic research. Researchers in criminal law, private law and human rights due diligence, social science, computer science, artificial intelligence, complexity science, ethics, criminology, and statistics jointly conduct the interdisciplinary research involving supervision of our six PhD researchers and three postdoc researchers as well as our other personnel like student assistants. They will be guided by an equally interdisciplinary international expert group and national advisory group. As a close-knit team, the COMCRIM community will develop solutions for comprehensively and smartly tackling what complexity science understands to be the ‘ecosystem’ of crimes that undermine democratic societies governed by the rule of law. For more information, please contact COMCRIM’s project director and principal investigator, Dr. Jill Coster van Voorhout, and see our website: https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/comcrimYour Role:
As Project Manager you will play a key role in managing and coordinating the multi-stakeholder consortium. You will assist the project director and principal investigator, Dr. Jill Coster van Voorhout, in uniting and ensuring success of our diverse team consisting of a wide variety of public and private partners; contributing to the public dissemination of academic research and innovation; and managing timelines, budgets and teams to meet deliverables in a qualitative and timely manner. Responsibilities:
- Manage relationships with stakeholders from various sectors, including banks, intelligence and law enforcement agencies, ministries, NGOs, and knowledge institutes.
- Facilitate effective communication and collaboration among the 22 partner organizations.
Communication and Dissemination
- Work closely with Dr. Jill Coster van Voorhout to unite and coordinate the diverse team.
- Oversee deliverables and timelines to ensure the successful execution of the research project.
Budget and Timeline Management
- Contribute to the public dissemination of academic research and innovation.
- Develop and implement communication strategies to share project outputs with (external) stakeholders.
- Manage project budgets and timelines to meet deliverables with a focus on quality and timeliness.
The COMCRIM community provides a stimulating research environment, fostering teamwork, educational innovation, and societal impact. As a key member, you will:
- Participate in the coordination of research and educational development activities.
- Contribute to teamwork within committed departments and universities.
- Support and elevate our ambitious research agenda in its scientific and societal impact goals.