Do you want to make an impact with your research? Working at a not-for-profit organisation might be something for you.

Making the world a better place and helping people - and society as a whole -, is often what drives not-for-profit organisations. Many nonprofits conduct applied research and develop knowledge or technologies that professionals in the field can use.

Examples are: blood bank (Sanquin), proton therapy center (HollandPTC), cancer foundation (KWF), museums, NGO’s or the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).

You often need to have 5-10 years of working experience to apply for a medior researcher position.

Some of your tasks might be:

  • leading multidisciplinary research projects
  • connecting science and practice/professional field
  • improving research methods, techniques and processes
  • solving (production) problems
  • interacting with stakeholders in the field
  • contributing to writing proposals
  • supervising junior researchers or students


  • 5-10 years research experience
  • subject matter expert in your research field
  • project management skills
  • result and solution oriented
  • good communication skills
  • English language skills
  • independence, sense of autonomy