Program manager UNIC4ER (0,8 fte)

Program manager UNIC4ER (0,8 fte)

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4 May 24 May Rotterdam

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In the coming years, Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) intends to strengthen its European and international research and education profile, a.o, by further developing the ‘European University of Post-Industrial Cities’ (UNIC Alliance ). As part of this ambition Erasmus University wants to establish a permanent project- and program managers pool to deal with complex and large European and National funded projects.

In this setting, we are looking for a Program manager UNIC4ER (0,8 fte)

The European University of Post-Industrial Cities (UNIC, see is an alliance of eight universities in post-industrial cities which all face similar challenges and opportunities in terms of mobility, inclusion and impact. Our UNIC ambition is to develop innovative and sustainable means of university collaboration that boost student and staff mobility, and fosters social inclusion and socio-economic impact in our post-industrial cities. The alliance includes: Erasmus University Rotterdam (coordinator), Ruhr University Bochum (Germany), Koç University Istanbul (Turkey), University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain), University of Zagreb (Croatia), University of Liege (Belgium), Cork University (Ireland) and Oulu University (Finland). UNIC4ER aims to develop a collaborative approach and structure for engaged research across these eight universities and their cities, and thus add a joint research dimension to UNIC.

With UNIC4ER we are now expanding UNIC’s ambition with a focus on European research collaboration around the concept of Engaged Research. We believe that developing a research and innovation dimension within UNIC around the notion of engaged research will help achieve our UNIC ambition of shaping universities that can lead post-industrial cities into a future of inclusive and resilient cities and training the leaders that are to guide our cities into this future. This project supports the realization of this additional but crucial pillar by formulating a joint strategy, taking coordinated/aligned action and setting up a structure and platform.

Job description

We are looking for a  program manager for realizing the newly awarded Horizon Europe project UNIC4ER within the newly established UNIC European University Alliance.

The UNIC4ER program manager will be responsible for:

  • The coordination of relations between the eight universities in UNIC for developing the research program UNIC4ER (together with the Alliance Coordinator),
  • Coordinating the work packages 1 on Management, communication and dissemination, 6 on Monitoring and evaluating the impact of engaged research, and 7 on Ethics.
  • Liaising with EUR Faculties and service departments and facilitate their collaboration  with the other UNIC partners in the implementation of the other UNIC4ER work packages, with specific attention for the work packages related to establishing a joint research infrastructure and the Open Science research platform.
  • Function as a first contact and sparring partner for the eight university UNIC program managers
  • Providing progress reports to the UNIC Board on a regular basis
  • Organizing and coordinating meetings of the UNIC4ER Engaged Research Taskfore,
  • Developing and coordinating the UNIC4ER ethics policy and program,
  • Collaborating within the broader UNIC coordination team at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Your position will be embedded in Erasmus Research Services (ERS). You will report substantively to the scientific coordinator of the UNIC and UNIC4ER project and in line to the head Grant Support Office of ERS.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


We are looking for someone with the following qualifications:

  • You have an academic educational background and/or experience in managing complex and multi-stakeholder international education & research projects. Preferably also experience with one or several of these tasks and roles: research programming, ethics, and evaluation.
  • You have hands-on experience with managing and synchronizing data sets in an international context, preferably in international research and/or education projects, and with establishing open science platforms (open access, fair data, citizen science)
  • You have experience with engaged research (such as community-based research, participatory methods, co-creation and codesign), either in doing research or in programming research.
  • You have experience in the field of internationalization of higher education and in international research programs, working with relevant EU programs such as Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 as well as with other EU programs that can be relevant for UNIC, UNIC4ER and the Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • You are able to take take/show leadership when needed while remaining politically sensitive.
  • You feel at ease in a complex and academic working environment, and you are a well informed and communicative counterpart for academics, board members and policy staff.
  • You are pro-active and able to work under pressure
  • You can perform well in a newly set team while bringing in more structure
  • You can translate complex ideas into concrete project ambitions and realize these, also under pressure.
  • You master English at C1, C2 level and if non-Dutch you communicate in Dutch at B2 level.

Conditions of employment

The employment starts preferable of the 1st of September.

The conditions of employment comply with the collective labor agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO NU). We offer a 0,8 contract, initially for 1 year. In case of good performance, the contract can be extended to three years.  Salary is subject to educational background and experience and may vary from a minimum of € 3.746 gross per month and up to a maximum of € 5.127 gross per month (scale 11 CAO NU), based on a full-time contract of 38 hours.

Erasmus University Rotterdam offers attractive terms of employment, including a holiday allowance of 8%, a year-end payment of 8.3% and 41 holidays per year based on a full-time appointment. In addition, EUR takes part in the ABP pension scheme, and we also offer partially paid parental leave. Moreover, EUR staff members can make use of the EUR facilities, including the Erasmus Sports Centre and the University Library.

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Erasmus University Rotterdam aspires to be an equitable and inclusive community. We nurture an open culture, where everyone is supported to fulfill their full potential. We see inclusivity of talent as the basis of our successes, and the diversity of perspectives and people as a highly valued outcome.


Erasmus University Rotterdam

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research. Our scientists and students work in close collaboration with internal and external parties to solve global, social challenges, inspired by the always dynamic and cosmopolitan Rotterdam. Our mission is therefore "Creating positive societal impact". Our academic education is intensive, active and application oriented. Our research increasingly takes place in multidisciplinary teams, which are strongly intertwined with international networks. With our research impact and thanks to the high quality of education, EUR can compete with the top European universities. The Erasmian values ​​function as our internal compass and make Erasmus University recognizable to the outside world: entrepreneurial, socially involved, global citizen, open-minded and connecting.


Erasmus Research Support (ERS)

Erasmus Research Services (ERS) supports researchers to perform excellent research and to generate impact with their research. The support of ERS is defined as progressive and forward looking and drives a future oriented university wide research and impact agenda. The following areas of support or embedded within ERS: Business Development, Grant Support, Legal Counsels, Open Science, Research Data Management, Ethics Review and Research Intelligence. ERS is a relative young service department within Erasmus University and steadily building and extended its service portfolio. ERS provides support to all faculties of Erasmus University (occasionally to Erasmus Medical Center). As part of the support portfolio ERS will set up a program and project managers pool to deal with complex and large projects. This vacancy will fill in the first position in this pool.


  • Policy and staff
  • max. 32 hours per week
  • max. €5127 per month
  • University graduate
  • ERS-20210504


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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