Knowledge and Innovation Officer

Knowledge and Innovation Officer

Published Deadline Location
8 Feb 1 Mar Enschede

Job description

The DS&AI lab of the faculty EEMCS of the University of Twente has a pivotal role in establishing connections for collaboration within the faculty and between faculties. The focus is on all aspects of DS&AI, including research collaboration, professional development of faculty scientists, lifelong learning, and maintaining effective computing facilities at UT. The SME Data lab is one of the windows of DS&AI lab to society with the ambition to support regional SME in their endeavour to explore and develop the use of data-driven solutions for, e.g., production, supply chain, and financial systems. The SME Data lab is a joint initiative of Radboud University and the University of Twente.

The knowledge and innovation officer is responsible for strengthening the innovation impact of the DS&AI and SME labs, taking into account both the internal profile of the DS&AI lab and the external profile of the SME lab. The knowledge and innovation officer actively engages faculty to develop knowledge networks and connects with SME to acquire and develop consultancy projects to be carried out by students under supervision of faculty. The knowledge and innovation officer develops and maintains a regional network of SMEs that aim to further develop their data-driven solutions. The knowledge and innovation officer focuses on delivering the key principles behind innovation, including leadership, creating networks, leveraging the right incentives, and building and managing an effective, transparent and efficient innovation process. Next to this, the knowledge and innovation officer supports the management of DS&AI and SME labs through the execution and supervision of strategic, operational, financial, and administrative tasks. The knowledge and innovation officer is part of a team of impact developers and knowledge and innovation officer in other labs, fields and disciplines. They collaborate with the faculty and departmental staff responsible for administration, legal and finance.

  • Managing relationships with SME and public sector partners in the Twente region, actively seeking out and acquiring new partners and organising stakeholder meetings and showcase events.
  • Managing relationships with other labs on campus.
  • Identifying research and innovation funding opportunities and supporting our researchers in submitting successful proposals, engaging with partners to ensure adequate co-funding of research proposals.
  • Assists in developing professional development activities in collaboration with faculty staff.
  • Assists in developing lifelong learning modules offered to the regional partners in collaboration with faculty staff.
  • Assists in creating and maintaining effective computing facilities at UT.
  • Orchestrating and supervising the impact and communication of the DS&AI and SME labs, amongst others via dedicated events, the press, the DS&AI and SME labs websites, newsletters, and social media, with the support of the university's communication department.
  • Supervising administrative, legal, and financial processes related to the DS&AI and SME labs, contracts, business plans, and finances in collaboration with the faculty and departmental staff.
  • Support the day-to-day management of the DS&AI and SME labs.


University of Twente (UT)


  • You have completed a STEM education at MSc level, preferably in applied mathematics, computer science, or industrial engineering, possibly complemented by business administration, business management, or similar education;
  • You have an interest in data science and artificial intelligence;
  • You are able to develop and maintain a network of SME companies as well as faculty researchers;
  • You are able to support the translation of conceptual innovation project ideas into concrete work plans;
  • You have a proactive and hands-on attitude with very good analytical and communication skills;
  • You work independently, take initiative and function well as part of a team;
  • You have a good command of the Dutch and English languages both in speaking and writing;
  • Finally, you are an enthusiastic colleague who finds a friendly atmosphere in the team important and would like to help make a success of all activities of the DS&AI and SME labs.

Conditions of employment

  • We offer a position for 32 - 40 hours per week. You will be initially employed for one year. An extension after this period is a possibility.
  • Our terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labor Agreement for Universities (CAO) and include a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • Depending on your relevant background and experience, the gross monthly salary on a full-time basis ranges from € 4.332,-- to € 5.929,-- per month;
  • A minimum of 29 leave days in case of full-time employment is based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. A fulltime employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis;
  • Furthermore, we offer excellent professional and personal development programs;
  • Finally, you will work in a lively, inspiring and dynamic working environment in an organization focusing on internationalization, where you will have a high degree of responsibility and independence.

Additional information

Please send your application before March 1, 2024 via the 'Apply now' button, and include:
  • A motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation to apply for this position.
  • A detailed CV (resume).
  • In accordance with international law, only applicants holding the nationality of a member state of the EU/EEA or Switzerland could be employed in this support (non-academic) position.

You are welcome to contact prof. dr. Richard Boucherie via for more information regarding this vacancy.


  • Policy and staff
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €4332—€5929 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1556


University of Twente (UT)

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