Projectmanager Complex Trait Genetics

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Projectmanager Complex Trait Genetics
  • University Graduate
Do you have experience in the biomedical field, and would you like to put your organizational and communication skills at work in a scientific environment where a proactive attitude is highly appreciated? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).

FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

The successful candidate will assign most of the time to the management of BRAINSCAPES, a consortium led by Department of Complex Trait Genetics (CTG) at the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR) of the VU, that received a ‘Gravitation’ grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO). Additionally, multiple smaller grant-funded projects within the CTG department have to be supported with legal, communication and organizational aspects to successfully initiate, monitor, guide and report the progress of these projects.
As a project manager you will have the responsibility to define, plan, manage and evaluate the projects, and facilitate/maintain the internal collective focus of the larger project(s). You will collaborate closely with the project leader and will work in an enthusiastic scientific team. In which it will be encouraged to proactively engage in problem solving and decision making. We are therefore seeking a highly motivated, talented individual. An academic background in biomedical science is a pré-requisite.

Your duties
  • definition of project goals and milestones in collaboration with project lead
  • accurate planning of time, considering deadlines and deliverables
  • monitor progression of projects and communicate the important aspects with stakeholders
  • maintain contact and consult internal and external parties to quickly obtain input when required
  • write periodic and final reports for internal updates or to inform funders
  • function as the contact point for consortium members when experiencing problems or in need of help
  • organization of annual meetings related to the progress of the project(s)
  • present project’s aims, progress and output at internal or external events


  • PhD degree in biomedical science
  • knowledge of and experience with genetics is a plus
  • demonstrable experience of pivotal role within a consortium is a plus
  • able to work in a goal- and result-oriented manner with deadlines, while preserving a high level of quality
  • outstanding organization, planning and communication skills
  • good ability to write and read in English
  • experience in supervising/monitoring projects is a plus
  • experience in Neuroscience

What are we offering?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €2,709 (scale 10)
and a maximum €4,274 (scale 10), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year, with the possibility of extension. Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 26,500 students. We employ more than 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.

The Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science inspires researchers and students to find sustainable solutions for complex societal issues. From forest fires to big data, from obesity to medicines and from molecules to the moon: our teaching and research programmes cover the full spectrum of the natural sciences. We share knowledge and experience with leading research institutes and industries, both here in the Netherlands and abroad.

Working at the Faculty of Science means working with students, PhD candidates and researchers, all with a clear focus on their field and a broad view of the world. We employ more than 1,250 staff members, and we are home to around 6,000 students.

About the department
Research at the department of Complex Trait Genetics (CTG) focuses on identifying the genetic mechanisms of brain-related traits. Our team develops novel statistical and bioinformatics tools to optimally analyze large genome-wide data sets for complex traits, combine them with biological data and generate hypotheses that can be tested in functional studies to obtain mechanistic insight. The department of CTG is part of the Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR) along three other departments. CNCR conducts integrated research programs from genes to behavior, combining mouse and human studies.

In 2019, the CNCR received a Gravitation grant of 19.8 million € from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science for the BRAINSCAPES consortium, which aims to map in detail the biological mechanisms underlying multiple brain diseases (‘brainscaping’), using genetics as a starting point.The consortium is a collaboration between 21 scientists from 7 Dutch institutes and will run for 10 years.


Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your CV and letter until 6 December 2019.

You are requested to write a letter in which you describe your abilities and motivation, accompanied by your curriculum vitae. Please compile in one document to pdf.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Danielle Posthuma
Position: Professor
Telephone: 020-5982823

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