DTL – Scientific Community manager

Are you DTL’s new Scientific Community Manager?

You want to help strengthen the Dutch life sciences field by building a strong network of enabling technology and data experts?

DTL may offer you an interesting environment to work across life science and technology domains. We bring together life science researchers, engineers and trainers around advanced technologies that are in continuous international development, ranging from “omics” to bioimaging and from bioinformatics to e-science. We cover life science in the broadest sense and connect the biomedical and clinical research field to plant and livestock biology, nutrition, microbiology, and biodiversity.

You will be working in the coordinating team that supports a growing national expert network in academia and industry, with a common goal to create a collective and connected infrastructure for research and innovation. DTL partners have a desire to work on shared solutions for advanced data analytics and (FAIR) data stewardship, and for development and access to advanced technologies for their diverse life science projects. Training and education are important activities in DTL.

Building on each other’s expertise and methodology is a great value in DTL: we strive to facilitate – where feasible – collaboration among life scientists, technology experts, and trainers on topics that surpass the capacity of individual groups. As a nation-wide network we actively participate in international alliances such as ELIXIR.

Your task will be to use your background and expertise in life science research to help strengthen the DTL network and develop programmes on ‘Data, Technologies & Learning’ that support Dutch life science researchers. You will actively liaise with our partner groups and help create nodes in the network around topics of common interest, to help define a common agenda or set up collaborative projects. You may contribute to writing grant proposals to acquire funding for such projects.

You will participate in a strongly networked organisation, with a flexible working environment. Our office in Utrecht serves as our basis, where we meet as a team and arrange many network activities. At the same time you will also travel around to meet with our partner groups or work from home if that is more convenient. We have a practice of ‘working apart together’ as a team of ambitious colleagues.

You have a PhD in a life science subject, demonstrable affinity with the technology and data aspects of life science research, and with training in these topics. You have strong communicative (fluent English, also in writing) and collaborative skills. You also have a pragmatic attitude and like to take initiative. You take pride in enabling science and existing projects rather the desire to build your own scientific career.

DTL offers you a 0.6 – 1.0 fte appointment (salary minimally €3,899, maximally €4,800 gross per month for a full-time employment (scale 11/12 Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities).

About DTL

DTL, the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences is a public-private partnership of 50+ life science organisations in the Netherlands. DTL connects scientists, data experts, technical experts and trainers specialised in a variety of high-end wet lab and data technologies. DTL covers all life science domains, ranging from health to nutrition, agro, biotech and biodiversity. DTL has its offices in Utrecht, close to the Central Railway Station. Check www.dtls.nl.


FAIR: https://www.dtls.nl/fair-data/
Technology access: https://www.dtls.nl/technology-hotels/
Training & education: https://www.dtls.nl/training-and-education/developing-courses/
ELIXIR: http://www.elixir-europe.org


Please send your motivation letter and CV to ruben.kok@dtls.nl before May 15th 2017. If you want to know more, please contact ruben.kok@dtls.nl or merlijn.van.rijswijk@dtls.nl.