Sustainability Officer - Hubrecht Institute - Utrecht

Sustainability Officer - Hubrecht Institute - Utrecht

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2 Apr 2 May Utrecht

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Job description

The Hubrecht Sustainable Research Officer will be tasked with designing a comprehensive sustainability plan for the laboratory activities of the institute with short- and long-term goals, grounded in analytics, that can achieve the envisioned degree of CO2 reduction, and reduce resource use and costs.

Task include:
  • Coordinate efforts to estimate carbon footprints of a wide range of research activities at the institute, and investigate potential ways to reduce those footprints
  • Together with facility heads and the board design an ambitious plan to reduce our institute’s research carbon footprint
  • Pro-actively connect with the relevant local (USP), national and international community to learn about best practices in sustainability in lab environments
  • Initiate and manage green science projects, challenges and campaigns within the Institute
  • Represent the Hubrecht and take active part in wider green science community at the USP and in the Netherlands (e.g. as contact person for Green labs NL)
  • Chair the Hubrecht Green Team
  • Coordinate the LEAF-program for sustainable science in the Hubrecht
  • Be the central point for green science communication
  • Systematically review set goals for sustainable research with the board and sharpen goals based on new insights and developments


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)


The ideal candidate:
  • Is passionate about sustainability and has experience in leading sustainability programs
  • Preferably has experience with research lab environments
  • Has a constructive attitude: listens to opinions and ideas of internal and external parties and aims to get everyone on board with sustainable science goals and actions
  • Has an analytical mind to critically review numbers and datasets
  • Has demonstrable project management skills
  • Can communicate well

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year.

Depending on education and experience the minimum salary is € and the maximum salary is € gross per month for a full-time appointment (scale cao Nederlandse Universiteiten/KNAW). This is exclusive of 8% vacation allowance, 8.3% year-end bonus, travel allowance, internet allowance, home working allowance and pension accrual with ABP.

The KNAW offers its staff an excellent package of secondary benefits. A package that meets the different needs of employees depending on their stage of life, lifestyle or career ambitions. For example, by working an extra two hours a week, it is possible to increase the number of days off from 29 to 41 days a year (with full-time employment).

For a complete overview of the terms of employment, please refer to the web page: werken bij de KNAW.

Applying for a Certificate of Good Conduct can be part of the employment procedure.


Hubrecht Institute

The Hubrecht Institute, founded in 1916, is a KNAW institute with a mission to be a connective institute where curiosity-driven research of molecular developmental biology trains future science leaders and fuels biomedical innovations. It is part of the Utrecht Life Sciences campus, and has ~280 employees working in diverse experimental research groups or one of various support departments. The Hubrecht Institute sees reducing CO2 footprint from its scientific and operational activities as an important task. It embraces the goals of the Dutch government to be CO2 neutral by 2050, and aims to reduce its carbon footprint by at least 35% by 2028.

Diversity & Inclusion
The KNAW considers a working environment in which everyone feels welcome and appreciated of great importance. A working environment in which attention is paid to individual quality and where development opportunities are paramount. Together we strive for an inclusive culture in which we embrace differences. We would therefore like to invite candidates who want to contribute to this through their background and experience. In the event of equal suitability, preference will be given to the candidate who thus enhances diversity within the Academy.

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  • Policy and staff
  • Natural sciences
  • 15.2—22.8 hours per week
  • Higher professional education
  • 2084


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

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