Senior Grant Advisor (0,8-1,0 fte)

Senior Grant Advisor (0,8-1,0 fte)

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Due to continued growth in the team, we are looking for a new Senior Grant Advisor to join Erasmus University. Are you experienced in supporting and advising researchers with preparing grant proposals? And are you ready to pass that experience on to junior staff whilst advising researchers on major collaborative and personal grants? Do you have a proven affinity with academic research at the crossroads of health care and policy and organisational sciences? Are you knowledgeable on NWO and/or European (Horizon 2020/Europe) research grants? Do you have a hands-on mentality and excellent organization skills? Then you are the ideal candidate to become our new Senior Grant Advisor.

Job description

As Senior Grant Advisor your main responsibility is to find opportunities for national and European research funding and then work with one or more researchers to win said funding.

You will be recruited for the grants team at the central Erasmus Research Services (ERS) where you will spend 50% of your time working on major research initiatives, meaning multi-stakeholder proposals where EUR is the coordinator. In addition, the members of the team are each seconded to a particular faculty, and in your case this would be the Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management. You will act as the grant advisor within their Research Office and support the faculty with their grant-related processes, provide overviews and advise the researchers with personal grants and collaborative proposals in which they are a partner.

As an ERS grant advisor you will go beyond advising researchers on the intricacies of research funding schemes; you will pro-actively match funding opportunities with suitable talent, act as a sparring partner in developing research concepts and help with reframing and rewriting where necessary. In the case of major proposals for collaborative projects, you will take ownership of the multi-stakeholder process of preparing a collaborative proposal and become the lead researcher’s right hand in leading the consortium towards a strong proposal.

In addition, as a senior on the team you will provide a contribution to developing the grants team’s ways of working and training the more junior members of the team. You represent ERS internally and externally and convey our values.

Together we foster a culture amongst researchers and professional staff that stimulates funding ambitions, you will build and maintain a network with relevant institutes (s.a. hospitals and governmental bodies) and act as an expert advisor and source of information for internal and external stakeholders. 

Main responsibilities:

  • Be the right hand to lead researchers preparing major collaborative research proposals;
  • Share your knowledge and expertise with grant advisor colleagues;
  • Help develop processes and procedures within the still young ERS grants support team;
  • Scout for project ideas within the faculty of ESHPM;
  • Identify and communicate opportunities for personal and collaborative research grants at NWO and other national research funders as well as at the European level (Horizon Europe);
  • Support ESHPM researchers as they apply for research grants, and coach them throughout the application process;
  • Act as first point of contact for ESHPM researchers who want to apply for a grant and organize internal alignment with relevant processes such as financial and project control;
  • Devise and improve acquisition strategies at ESHPM in collaboration with the department heads and the Research Office;
  • Represent ESHPM at the Benelux EIT Health branch;
  • Organize and develop in collaboration with your colleagues at the ERS grants support office information sessions, trainings and workshops about research grant opportunities in the field of the health sciences;
  • Proactively engage with external contacts like partner institutes, societal stakeholders and relevant agencies to anticipate new developments and to help in building consortia.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)


Required experience, skills and competencies:

  • The ambition and willingness to work towards capacity building the university to become increasingly more successful and ambitious in the field of grants;
  • Several years (3+) of relevant work experience in supporting and advising in the application of NWO or Horizon research grants;
  • The ambition to take on the significant challenge of coordinating a group of intersectoral, interdisciplinary and international stakeholders as they work towards a major collaborative grant. Prior experience will be viewed positively;
  • An academic level of thinking and working. A doctorate in the health sciences, or one of our related disciplines (s.a. economics, econometrics, organisational/political sciences, (health) law), will be viewed positively but is not a requirement;
  • The capacity to collaborate with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders;
  • An entrepreneurial, hands-on and open attitude; excellent organization skills;
  • Proactive, stress-resistant, ability to deliver under peak performance;
  • Excellent verbal and written command of English (CEFR level C1). Dutch language skills will be viewed positively;
  • Aware of organizational sensitivities, empathetic, goal oriented.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: Initially for one year, will be converted to permanent after the first year depending on performance.

Fixed-term contract: Initially for one year, will be converted to permanent after the first year depending on performance.

An internationally oriented and varied work environment within an enthusiastic team, with attractive fringe benefits in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities (CAO-NU). We offer a contract initially for one year (1 fte, full-time appointment is 38 hours) which may become permanent if your performance is satisfactory. Your starting salary as Senior Grant Advisor will depend on your prior experience and your skills and ranges between Scale 11 or 12 of CAO-NU (€ 3.821.- to € 5.943,- gross per month).

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

Erasmus University Rotterdam offers a Dual Career Programme (DCP) to assist the life partners of new academic staff (on payroll) in finding employment in The Netherlands. The programme is offered in close cooperation with the nearby universities of Delft and Leiden.


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research, as expressed in our mission ‘Creating positive societal impact’. EUR is home to 3.700 academics and professionals and almost 33.000 students from more than 140 countries. Everything we do, we do under the credo The Erasmian Way – Making Minds Matter. We’re global citizens, connecting, entrepreneurial, open-minded, and socially involved. These Erasmian Values function as our internal compass and create EUR’s distinctive and recognizable profile. From these values, with a broad perspective and with an eye for diversity, different backgrounds and opinions, our employees work closely together to solve societal challenges from the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. Thanks to the high quality and positive societal impact of our research and education, EUR can compete with the top European universities.


Erasmus Research Services & The Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management Erasmus Research Services

Erasmus Research Services

Erasmus Research Services (ERS) advances excellent research and knowledge transfer to maximize positive societal impact. ERS creates conditions for transparent, inclusive, collaborative and impactful research through strategic and operational expertise.

We provide pathways for talents to reach their full potential and we advances fruitful collaborations, enabling Erasmus University to be a frontrunner in embedding excellent research in society. The following areas of support are embedded within ERS: Business Development, Grant Support, Legal Counsels, Open Science, Research Data Management, Ethics Review and Research Intelligence. ERS is a relatively young department within Erasmus University Rotterdam and is steadily building and extending its service portfolio. ERS provides support to all faculties of Erasmus University Rotterdam (occassionally to Erasmus University Medical Center).

The Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management

Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is leading in the Netherlands and Europe with its educational and research activities, focused on policy and management topics in healthcare. ESHPM provides a bachelor's degree, five master's degree programmes, a pre-master programme and postgraduate education.

At ESHPM, research and education are closely linked. Knowledge and experience from various scientific disciplines such as economics, law, social-medical sciences, organizational studies and public administration are brought together and applied in health care. Research is being done on three major research themes: ‘competition and regulation in healthcare’, ‘quality and efficiency in healthcare’ and ‘healthcare management’. Our multidisciplinary approach to teaching and research is unique.

Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM) is housed in the Bayle (J) Building on the Woudestein campus of Erasmus University Rotterdam and has a strong connection with Erasmus MC. 1300 students study and 200 employees work at ESHPM. Internationalisation is highly valued at ESHPM. The number of students, teachers and researchers from abroad has increased significantly over the past years and has enriched our programme.

You will make part of the ESHPM Educational and Research Policy team, currently existing of approximately ten colleagues in a different variety of functions. 


  • Policy and staff
  • 32—40 hours per week
  • €3821—€5943 per month
  • University graduate
  • PRO/ERS - 23042022


Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

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