Community Builder MESA+

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Key takeaways

  • Hours
    32 - 40 hr.
  • Salary indication
    Salary gross/monthly
    based on full-time
    € 3,974 - € 5,439
  • Deadline
    21 Jun 2023

Do you enjoy developing innovative ways of collaboration between companies and universities in the public or private sector in order to develop a value for our society? The University of Twente can offer you that opportunity.

The MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology works closely together with MinacNed (the trade association for microsystems and nanotechnology) to maintain and extend a flourishing ecosystem that connects companies (mostly SME’s) and knowledge institutes in the field of micro-, nano-, and quantum technology.

A promising key emerging technology is quantum technology and the ecosystem around this technology is starting to grow, also thanks to the Quantum Delta National Growth fund programme (QDNL). As we see unprecedented chances in linking microtechnology, nanotechnology and quantum technology, the creation of a common ecosystem is key for success. Therefore MESA+, MinacNed and QDNL decided to team up, and are seeking a Community Builder to establish the required links needed for a vibrant micro-nano-quantum community.

The position

Your main activity as Community Builder is to identify the key stakeholders in micro, nano and quantum technologies, to connect these and to further develop a collaborative, vibrant and lasting ecosystem. This implies that:

Your profile

A strong relationship builder who can switch between different layers within organizations and the ecosystem. You have experience in building successful public-public or public-private partnerships and you can motivate researchers and industry to participate in these initiatives. You know how to work in a team of professionals and contribute to the overall success of the team.


  • Have the ability to create and maintain senior-level networks and relationships with external parties and focused at (multidisciplinary) cooperation and bridging disciplines;
  • Are able to function effectively within a complex and dynamic organisational setting;
  • Are ambitious, entrepreneurial, and result-focused;
  • Have knowledge of research and innovation dynamics, methods and projects;
  • Have experience in setting up PPP research programs, building sustainable partnerships and attracting dedicated funding;
  • Have a vision on how to further develop the ecoysystem around micro-, nano- and quantum technology;
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills, both in Dutch and in English (*C1), and German is well appreciated;
  • Hold a MSc/PhD in Microtechnology, nanotechnology or quantum technology.

Our offer

  • A challenging position (32-38 hours/week) in an inspiring multidisciplinary and industrial-academic environment, within a university which continuously improves the collaboration with industry and start-ups. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in a stimulating scientific environment;
  • The appointment will initially be for a one-year period with the prospect of a permanent contract;
  • The salary amounts, depending on education and experience, minimal 3.974,- to a maximum of € 5.439, gross per month in case of a fulltime employment;
  • The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • The number of holiday hours for full-time employment is 232 hours per calendar year.

Information and application

Your reaction should include an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation and a detailed CV. A reference check or an assessment can be part of the procedure.

For more information please contact V.T. (Timo) Meinders, Business Director MESA+ Institute, (, +31 53 489 4360).

Please submit your application until June 14, 2023 via the provided button below.

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About the department


At MESA+, we believe in realising grand solutions with the extremely small. We contribute to solving current and future societal challenges. We do this by using our fascination with the extremely small. We bring societal challenges inside and use our fascination to work on innovative and sustainable solutions. We focus on societal challenges in four application areas: HealthAgriFood & WaterSecurity, and Energy & Sustainability.

With our research, we contribute to a fair, sustainable and digital society.


Embracing a cross-disciplinary approach and benefiting from the MESA+ NanoLab, over 500 researchers deliver high quality, frequently ground-breaking research. MESA+ actively seeks collaboration with external partners providing an excellent setting for consortium formation. Next to our excellent scientists and facilities, we offer a strong regional ecosystemthat creates the breeding ground to let ideas blossom and grow to relevant, successful solutions and businesses.

About the organisation

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

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Meinders, V.T. (Timo)

Meinders, V.T. (Timo)
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Meinders, V.T. (Timo)
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How to apply

Step 1

When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

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Step 2

The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

Step 3

1st interview.
The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

Step 4

2nd interview.
In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

Step 5

The offer.
If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

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