Research Community Manager

Research Community Manager

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27 May 15 Jun Rotterdam

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Job description

Are you a good connector and do you enjoy interacting with researchers? Do you have experience with process and project development and implementation? Are you a team player and able to facilitate constructive dialogues? Then you could be the Research Community Manager we are looking for, to continue supporting co-operation and excellence across RSM’s research community.

The Research Community Manager will activate and connect the RSM researchers (offline and online) with the overall objective to inform strategic decision-making and investments, and to lead change initiatives.

In this role, you will liaise with the individual researchers and research groups, formulate communities around research themes and epistemic traditions, identify opportunities for synergies across the communities, and organise or facilitate interactions across interested groups (offline and online). Through your efforts, the researchers feel connected to the internal informal networks and supported towards realising their shared ambitions, for example in the area of research infrastructure.

Thanks to your proactive and open-minded attitude you know current and emerging trends as well as the needs within the RSM research community, and you bring that knowledge forward to inform strategic decision-making and investment decisions.

In practice, this role means that you:
  • are responsible for connecting and activating the members of the RSM research community and of the diverse epistemic communities of the school
  • identify community needs and translate these into concrete advice for the RSM Research management
  • ensure matchmaking (connections) among members of the community with similar or complementary interests and needs, as a means to strengthen the community
  • are responsible for creating and maintaining a structured needs’ articulation process on areas such as research infrastructure (also in the context of the Administrative Agreement – Bestuursakkoord)
  • You will report to the Executive Director of ERIM.

Job description
As Research Community Manager, you will be expected to:
  • mobilise RSM’s researchers to connect in internal informal networks and communities
  • facilitate community engagement activities, both offline (events and sandpits around certain topics) and online
  • summarise and clearly present informative deriving from community interactions and discussions and formulate evidence-based advice for strategic and tactical decision-making
  • connect and collaborate with key internal professional services departments, such as communications and the ERIM office, as required.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


You are eligible for this role if you can demonstrate:
  • academic thinking capacity and a relevant completed education
  • demonstrable knowledge in the field of relationship management and a vision on mobilising and activating a network or community
  • at least three years of relevant work experience, ideally in a higher education setting
  • affinity with or broad understanding of the research life cycle and research support services
  • excellent communication and social networking skills.

We encourage you to apply for this role if you:
  • are a driven professional with an educational background (MSc) in management or social sciences or a related discipline
  • are a results-oriented, analytical and sociable team player, with strong interpersonal and intercultural communication skills
  • have the social skills to interact and collaborate with various stakeholders, and build, maintain and manage a network of academic staff
  • can work independently as well as in a team, with a hands-on and pro-active attitude, and a keen eye for detail
  • have strong communication skills in both written and spoken English (level C1)
  • are able to speak and read Dutch or you are committed to learn the language (this can also be obtained after commencing the appointment)
  • are committed to high performance and continuous improvement.

Conditions of employment

We offer a full-time contract, initially for a period of 12 months. The extension of the appointment is subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds. We operate a hybrid working model, giving you the freedom to work virtually and on our vibrant campus. You will be joining an international and interdisciplinary team of committed and enthusiastic research support professionals.


Erasmus University Rotterdam

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top-ranked business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers.

RSM is an equal opportunity employer and explicitly encourages applications from candidates of all genders, ethnicities, and nationalities.


  • Research, development, innovation
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • University graduate
  • 4316


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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