Administrative and Communication Officer for Scientific Project Catholic University of Leuven Kulak Belgium

EPNOE (European Polysaccharide Network of Excellence) is a research, education and knowledge transfer network connecting Companies, Academic and Research Institutions working or interested in polysaccharides. It was established owing to the help of the European Commission. The EPNOE's main missions are : 1) to offer a networking platform enabling close interactions between members in order to favour innovation, boost knowledge transfer and organise R&D activities in a totally confidential manner; 2) to organise basic and applied research for the study of fundamental concepts, the testing of new ideas and the development of new products based on or containing polysaccharides; 3) to organise education in polysaccharide science at the level of continuing education for companies and of post-graduate students and post-docs. EPNOE is managed at the Department of Chemical Engineering at KU Leuven. The department aims to provide a balance between creative fundamental and applied research in selected topics of chemical engineering, while at the same time maintaining the necessary core competences in its faculty to ensure the education of chemical engineering master and PhD students. Given the prevalence and economical importance of the chemical process industry in Belgium, and especially in the Antwerp harbour, the societal role of the department in the education and training of chemical engineers (MSc Eng and PhD) is very important. At the same time, chemical engineering research is being performed which aims to be pushing the boundaries of our discipline. The department has decided to focus on high quality research in a selected number of areas, with at each time sufficient critical mass being gathered around relevant topics

Responsibilities
  • You give administrative support for executive board members located in six countries in Europe
  • You communicate with EPNOE members and develop new innovative ways of interaction using social media
  • You formulate suggestions and support the organization of meetings, workshops, conferences, seminars and international courses
  • You keep contact with Professors, researchers, students, managers, project officers from 14 countries in Europe

Profile
  • You have a bachelor or master diploma in science, humanities or arts 
  • You work independently with self-motivation and initiative
  • You are creative and you like to interact with people 
  • You are organized and you are skilled in time and resource management
  • You are fluent in English; fluent knowledge of Dutch is an advantage

Offer
  • We offer full-time or part-time (80%) employment for 1 year, with the possibility of a renewal up to 2 years 
  • Concrete start and end dates can still be set in mutual consultation, ideally we foresee the start in November or December 2019
  • The remuneration will be in grade 4 or 5, depending on your profile and experience. See salary scale at https://admin.kuleuven.be/personeel/english/salary/salary_atp.html


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