Technical Manager for the BFFI Greenhouse facility

Technical Manager for the BFFI Greenhouse facility

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23 Mar 13 Apr Venlo

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Are you a highly motivated technical manager who is interested in developing and managing the operations of a new cutting-edge future farming research infrastructure? Then this could be your job.

Job description

In recent years, the Faculty of Science and Engineering of Maastricht University has been growing significantly. The faculty is active in high profile projects such as the Einstein Telescope Pathfinder and topics such as circularity, artificial intelligence, robotics, sensor engineering and future farming. For the latter, Maastricht University is developing a research facility in Venlo. This research facility consists of greenhouses and indoor climate cells. In addition, molecular and engineering laboratories are being developed.

As a technical manager, you will actively contribute to the building process and you will be responsible for the operational management of the facility. During the building process, you will carry out your work in close contact with the senior project manager(s) involved and the faculty board of FSE. When the facility is operational, you will report to the management of the institute.

The developments take place on the Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo. The infrastructure is part of the new Brightlands Future of Farming Institute. The institute focuses on research and education in the areas of healthy vegetables with optimal consumer characteristics and sustainable high tech production, specifically greenhouse technology. The facility will host researchers and students of existing and new educational programmes.

We are looking for a Technical Manager, who is:

  • Responsible for the management (cultivation, technical, organisational) of these high tech facilities.
  • Responsible for an optimal crop growth management system, phytosanitary protocols, crop protection etc.
  • Responsible for setting up research according to established guidelines. Who assists in drafting the research protocol together with researchers and colleagues. 
  • Responsible for the practical organisation and execution of various research projects, in close consultation with researchers, colleagues and other stakeholders.
  • Acting as a point of contact for colleagues, suppliers etc.
  • Acting as a point of contact and overseeing technical work carried out by (external) partners and contractors.
  • The location of this full-time job is at the Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo. Primary responsibility lies at the greenhouse facility; in addition, tasks may be expected to be executed in the adjacent laboratories.


Maastricht University (UM)


  • You have completed a BSc of MSc in a relevant field.
  • You have experience in the operational management of a research facility, technical research environment or industrial facility.
  • You have agricultural or horticultural practical experience.
  • You have experience translating a research question into a concrete, feasible plan.
  • Having research experience is an advantage (preferably plant physiological).
  • You are result-driven, show perseverance and work accurately.
  • You have a strong affinity with technology.
  • You have an affinity with breeding processes and systems.
  • You have experience in maintaining networks.
  • You are proficient in the English and Dutch languages and you have good communication skills.
  • You can work independently.
  • You are flexible in your service provision and in collaboration with others.

Conditions of employment

  • We offer a rewarding career at a young university in the heart of Europe, with a distinct global perspective and a strong focus on innovative research and education;
  • The terms of employment of Maastricht University are set out in the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO), supplement with local UM provisions. For more information on terms of employment, please visit our website > About UM > Working at UM
  • The salary will be set in salary scale 10 of the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (from € 2846 to € 4490 gross per month depending on experience and qualifications, based on a full-time appointment). On top of this, there is an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% year-end allowance;
  • We offer an attractive package of fringe benefits such as reduction on collective health insurance, substantial leave arrangements, an optional model for designing a personalised benefits package and an application for attractive fiscal arrangements for employees from abroad.


Maastricht University

Maastricht University is renowned for its unique, innovative, problem-based learning system, which is characterized by a small-scale and student-oriented approach. Research at UM is characterized by a multidisciplinary and thematic approach, and is concentrated in research institutes and schools. Maastricht University has around 20,000 students and 4,700 employees. Reflecting the university's strong international profile, a fair amount of both students and staff are from abroad. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. For more information, visit

Faculty of Science and Engineering
The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) is home to several outstanding departments and institutions covering education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as the liberal arts and sciences.


The Future of Farming Institute

Through research at this new scientific institute, UM aims to contribute to a sustainable and circular agrifood sector. The institute's main focus is on healthy vegetables, optimal consumer characteristics and sustainable production. The Brightlands Future of Farming Institute focuses on genetics, cultivation and post-harvest physiology of vegetables and thus covers the entire innovation chain. It offers smart solutions for agrifood and greenhouse horticulture. The added value of fresh produce is increased by innovations in characteristics that match consumer trends such as sustainability, convenience, variety and health. In addition to focusing on modern breeding techniques, using 'plant functional genomics', R&D will take place in the field of production technology, more specifically greenhouse technology to consider and influence the system as a whole. This will be done by deploying and expanding knowledge in the field of A.I., sensor engineering and robotics, among others. The interaction between the genetic makeup of crops and the climate in which they grow will be optimally studied to ensure consumer attributes and quality. The institute ties in with UM's existing strengths and is in line with the triple helix approach, for example through collaboration at Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo.


  • Technical and laboratory
  • Engineering
  • Higher professional education +
  • AT2022.70


Maastricht University (UM)

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