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Impact Development Manager Battery Technology

Are you passionate about developing research into real-life solutions? Do you enjoy developing innovative ways of collaboration between researchers and the public or private sector in order to develop a value for our society? The Strategic Business Development (SBD) team at the University of Twente can offer you that opportunity. Can you add a new perspective to our team? We are excited to meet you!

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Key takeaways

  • Hours 32 - 38 hr.
  • Salary indication € 4,814 - € 6,181
  • Deadline 30 Sep 2022

The SBD team develops partnerships between the university and its stakeholders with the objective of growing the university’s impact. For our impact development activities, we are seeking partnership developers, stakeholder manager, and business developers to strengthen our growing team.

The UT and Battery Technology:

To further develop our UT proposition in the field of battery and storage technology, we are looking for an impact developer. At the UT battery research is taking place within all faculties involving about 25 research groups and 100 researchers. A wide range of battery research and development projects are ongoing in collaboration with industry ranging from new fundamental storage concepts to solving applied industrial challenges. The Twente Centre for Advanced Battery Technology was established to strengthen the interaction between the researchers and to initiate new research programs on regional, national and European levels. The UT is a member of the Batteries European Partnership Association (BEPA) and is actively involved in the BATT4EU Partnership towards a competitive European industrial battery value chain by contributing to several technical working groups in which the future battery calls for Horizon Europe are being defined. On the national level we have been strongly involved in the ‘National Action Plan Battery Systems’ which will be published soon, and subsequently the establishment of the national Battery Competence Cluster NL to realize the identified actions. Furthermore, strong involvement on impact development is expected within several recently funded national battery programs, such as ‘NXTGEN Hightech’ Growthfund and ‘BatteryNL’ NWA amongst others.

Strengthening of the strategic partnership between the Twente and Munster regions in the field of battery technology will be an important goal, in collaboration with Twente Board and the regional development organization OostNL. In the strategic partnership between the University of Twente and the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Munster battery research is an important direction for collaboration. Strong contacts exist between the MEET battery institute of WWU and the UT battery centre, but also between the new Fraunhofer Forschungsfertigung Batteriezelle (FFB Munster) and the Fraunhofer Innovation Platform (FIP@UT).

In this position, you are working in the Impact Development team of Strategic Business Development and will collaborate closely with the lead researchers of the UT battery centre, being staff from different UT faculties, and a senior business developer.

The position:

Your main activity is to identify the key stakeholders inside and outside UT, to connect these and to further develop a collaborative and lasting program. This involves that:

Your profile

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

  • You have a MSc/PhD in science, engineering or business administration (technology based), preferably in the areas of energy storage, energy transition, technology or batteries.
  • Knowledge of research and innovation dynamics, methods and projects.
  • You have experience in setting up PPP research programs, building sustainable partnerships and attracting dedicated funding.
  • You have a vision on how to further develop the area of Key Enabling Technologies for future energy storage.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, both in Dutch and in English (*C1), and German is well appreciated.
  • You have the ability to create and maintain senior-level networks and relationships with external parties and focused at (multidisciplinary) cooperation and bridging disciplines.
  • Able to function effectively within a complex and dynamic organisational setting.
  • You are ambitious, entrepreneurial, and result-focused.

Our offer

  • We 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 appointment will initially be for a one-year period with the prospect of extension. The rating will be based on your background and relevant experience and can vary between € 3.974 and € 5.439 (scale 11) or between € 4.814 and € 6.181 (scale 12) gross per month. 
  • The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable. Additionally, the University of Twente provides excellent facilities for professional and personal development, an 8% holiday allowance, and an 8,3% end of year bonus.

Information and application

A reference check or an assessment can be part of the procedure.

Please submit your application by filling in the form including a motivation letter and current CV (choose ‘apply now’ below).

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About the organization

The Strategic Business Development (SBD) team works to increase the economic and social impact of the University of Twente by connecting the university’s outstanding research capabilities with the market and wider society, both in the Netherlands and beyond, in ways that are effective and distinctive.

SBD contributes specifically to the university’s broad knowledge transfer objectives by both increasing and expanding its strategic and sustainable partnerships with companies, funds, Top Consortiums for Knowledge and Innovation (TKIs), non-profit organisations such as hospitals, and government bodies at regional, national and international level.

SBD operates proactively, creating and responding to opportunities as they arise in order to generate impact and achieve the ambitions expressed in ‘Shaping 2030’. SBD acts in response to society’s demands and supports scientists in the initial phase of their collaborations.

SBD also provides expertise to the university’s organisation and its stakeholders with a view to shaping collaboration, ensuring that promising initiatives find their way within relevant faculties and/or research groups.

SBD creates new opportunities for the University of Twente, connecting external parties with the right scientific domains and positioning the Chief Development Officer as a leading ambassador for the organisation.

SBD believes in the power of collaboration both within and beyond the university. SBD’s role is one of facilitation, while providing direction and coordination wherever necessary, all in close collaboration with research institutes, faculties, research centres, Novel-T, HTT, and other parties.

In terms of organisational structure, SBD consists of a Chief Development Officer, Managing Director, Grants Office, Project Management Office, Impact Development Office and a secretariat. The team sources internal or external expertise as necessary. The Chief Development Officer works on a creative and cooperative footing with the directors and managing directors of the faculties, Novel-T and HTT. All of the groups and individuals involved engage in close and structured collaboration in multidisciplinary teams.

About the SBD team

Curious about what Strategic Business Development (SBD) stands for? Check out the SBD website for more information.

A job that matters

Create new opportunities for yourself, your colleagues and our society. Scientist or teacher, administrator or facilitator, thinker or doer, energetic leader or silent support – your work at the University of Twente matters. And you too!

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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