Business Developer Movement Sciences & MedTech

Business Developer Movement Sciences & MedTech

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23 Sep 4 Oct Amsterdam

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With their scientific knowledge, researchers are increasingly at the basis of social innovations in the fields of Human Health & Life Science, Digitalisation and Globalisation, Governance for Society and Science for Sustainability. At the Vrije Univers...

Job description

The Business Developer will be dedicated to business coming forth from the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences and in particular Amsterdam Movement Sciences (AMS), an innovative research institute. AMS is one of the research institutes of Amsterdam UMC and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and strives towards optimising physical performance in health and disease, and aims to utilize this expertise to improve human physical and mental wellbeing.

As a Business Developer you will support researchers in bringing their ideas to the market, by protecting and licensing IP, by supporting and initiating a start-up or by facilitating contract research with public or private partners. The Business Developer is a linking pin between the researchers and the various PPP (Public Private Partners) that are established, and guides the researchers through the initial phase of bringing a product or IP to the market. The Business Developer will be the first point of contact for academic researchers as they aim to bring their research product to market and a liaison officer for the faculty and the central organisation.

Your duties
A sample of the some of the projects that are being worked on by researchers
  • Augmented reality to alleviate the freezing of gait in Parkinson research
  • Exoskeletons to restore and support the arm and leg function
  • Apps that are used to monitor the patient's health prior to, and after an operation
  • Apps that advice on exercises to improve or restore function
  • Wearables that register the wearer's data in real time
  • Thermometry; smart clothing that register body functions
  • Wearable technology to monitor various body functions


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)


  • Have a Master/PhD preferably in Movement Sciences or Biomedical Engineering Sciences, and/or a MBA
  • Have an eye for promising research in the field of Movement Science/MedTech, among others, and the ambition to bring this research successfully to the market
  • Have proven experience with public-private partnerships, IP and licensing agreements
  • Are pro-active, entrepreneurial and you have a service mentality
  • Act as a natural connector between research and business
  • Get energy from facilitating and coaching start-ups
  • Have an excellent knowledge of Dutch and English in writing in speech and writing

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 jaar.

IXA-GO offers you a challenging position within a professional and motivated team for an initial period of one year. An extension of your employment contract is possible subject to good performance.

On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,974 (scale 11) and a maximum €6,181 (scale 12), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university ranking system (UFO) of Knowledge Valorisation Officer (2/3) and is open for at least 0,8 fte.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance. And most importantly, due to the very nature of your work, you are involved in many different smart innovations that help society move forwards, you will develop yourself at a phenomenal rate and strengthen your network.

Over de VU
Bijdragen aan een betere wereld door onderscheidend onderwijs en grensverleggend onderzoek, dat is de ambitie van de VU. Een universiteit waar persoonlijke vorming én maatschappelijke betrokkenheid centraal staan. Waar we vanuit verschillende disciplines en achtergronden samenwerken aan innovaties en nieuwe inzichten. Ons onderzoek beslaat het hele spectrum: van alfa, gamma en bèta tot leven en medische wetenschappen.

Aan de VU studeren ruim 26.500 studenten en werken meer dan 4.600 medewerkers. De uitstekend bereikbare VU-campus is gevestigd in het hart van de Amsterdamse Zuidas, een inspirerende omgeving voor onderwijs en onderzoek.

Diversiteit is een kernwaarde van de VU. Wij staan voor een inclusieve gemeenschap en geloven dat diversiteit en internationalisering bijdragen aan de kwaliteit van onderwijs en onderzoek. We zijn dan ook voortdurend op zoek naar mensen die door hun achtergrond en ervaring bijdragen aan de diversiteit van onze campus.

De dienst Bestuurszaken (BZ) voert een breed pallet aan instellingsbrede taken uit en verzorgt de strategische advisering en geïntegreerde ondersteuning van het College van Bestuur (CvB), de faculteiten, de diensten en de Raad van Toezicht.
De dienst werkt daarnaast nauw samen met de faculteiten én de andere diensten van de VU om de bestuurlijke agenda te realiseren en richting te geven aan de instellingsstrategie. De dienst is verantwoordelijk voor de ontwikkeling van de VU strategie (Instellingsplan), onderzoeks- en valorisatiebeleid, wetenschappelijke integriteit, externe onderzoeksfinanciering, juridische advisering, documentmanagement en archivering, Public Affairs, bedrijfsvoering, levert procesmatige ondersteuning van beleid- en besluitvorming, en draagt inhoudelijk bij aan diverse strategische dossiers. BZ bevordert tevens de VU-brede governance, control en compliance en draagt zorg voor academische plechtigheden als promoties en oraties. Daarnaast zijn de Ombudsman personeel, de Studentenombudsman, de Internal Auditor en de Functionaris Gegevensbescherming bij BZ ondergebracht.


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

At VU IXA-GO we support researchers at the VU in the process of acquiring external funding for their research, protecting and utilising the results of the research, up to the launch of a successful spin-off company. With our expertise, open mindedness, enterprising spirit and multidisciplinary approach, we work on developing sustainable solutions that impact society. Our growing team consists of Grants Officers, Business Developers, a M&C Manager and recently we have set up the Biotech Booster Project Office based at the VU Starthub.

VU IXA-GO is part of the Pan-Amsterdam collaboration IXA, which is the Knowledge Transfer Office of VU Amsterdam, Amsterdam UMC, the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of Applied Science (


  • Research, development, innovation
  • Health
  • 30.4—38 hours per week
  • €3974—€6181 per month
  • University graduate
  • 12665


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)

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