Innovation Manager
Catholic University of Leuven

The goal of Industrial Research Fund (lOF) at KU Leuven, is to accelerate the transfer of knowledge and innovations arising from strategic basic research to the market. A team of more than 40 experienced Innovation Managers, embedded within research groups throughout the University and University Hospital, achieve this goal primarily by establishing mutually beneficial, collaborative relationships with a broad range of external partners in industry, academia, as well as national and regional public-private organizations. For Prometheus, the Division of Skeletal Tissue Engineering at KU Leuven, we are recruiting an Innovation Manager in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering.


  • Efficient and effective valorization of Prometheus’ research output (through patents, licensing deals and spin-offs).
  • Coordination of several on-going, complementary projects on cartilage and bone engineering e.g. within the RegMed XB, InterReg and EU-H2020 programmes.
  • The initiation, preparation and (project) management of research proposals, each with a clear valorization plan that integrates the scientific goals with potential applications e.g. EIT Health innovation projects and bilateral projects with IMEC, VIB and other research institutes.
  • Supporting the individual researchers and interdisciplinary teams towards valorization trajectories.
  • Initiating and negotiating bilateral collaborative agreements and projects with national and international industrial partners.
  • Expanding the division’s network of external contacts (industry, research institutes, national and regional government organizations) and acting as the principal point of contact for partner organizations.
  • Promoting the research and valorization programme at conferences, networking meetings and on-site company visits.
  • As a member of the Prometheus Scientific Steering Committee, provide updates on ongoing valorization activities and potential new opportunities.


  • A PhD degree, or a minimum 5-years research experience in bio-medical sciences, bio-engineering, bio-materials, or tissue engineering with a broad knowledge of biological and engineering aspects.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset with some experience in business development and valorization.
  • Knowledge of intellectual property rights and regulatory guidelines.
  • Experience working in large academic and industrial consortia in the healthcare or life science sectors, ideally with knowledge and experience in the management of a broad research portfolio.
  • Strong organizational skills (managing meetings, follow-up of contacts, ability to meet deadlines). 
  • Excellent communication, networking and negotiation skills.
  • Experience in writing grant applications (e.g. FWO; EU-H2020).
  • Fluent in English (both spoken and written). Fluency in Dutch or willingness to learn Dutch is an asset.


An exciting and challenging job, focused on continuous innovation and development in a transdisciplinary and international context. We offer a permanent position as Innovation Manager of the Industrial Research Fund (IOF) at KU Leuven, a world famous university.


For more information please contact Mr. Sammy Brié, tel.: +32 16 37 37 24, mail:, Prof. dr. Geert Carmeliet, tel.: +32 16 33 07 31, mail: or Prof. dr. Liesbet Geris, tel.: +32 16 37 26 90, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than October 22, 2020 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: October 22, 2020
  • Tags: Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen

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