Valorisation Manager
University of Antwerp
Belgium

Department: Valorisation Office

Regime Full-time

The Valorisation Office of the Department Research and Innovation, University of Antwerp, is looking for a full-time valorisation manager Life Sciences.

The Valorisation Office facilitates cooperation with industry, guarantees the safeguarding and licensing of intellectual property rights and guides the creation of spin-off companies.  Moreover, it supports researchers in maximizing the economic and social impact of their research results and technology.

Your assignment

Your core assignment is to bring together the expertise and technology of our researchers with needs in business, with a view to contractual cooperation and valorisation.

You work in close collaboration with the colleagues who are specialized in intellectual property, business and market analyzes and setting up innovative companies.

In the life sciences, several researchers regularly collaborate with industry. For specific topics, you will become a pivotal figure in facilitating cooperation with the business community in the short term, including through the relevant Flemish smart specialisation clusters and sector organisations. The projects are prioritized in consultation with the Valorisation Office and can include biomarker research, therapeutic interventions, diagnostic tools, exploitation of analysis methods, in vitro and in vivo models. You also encourage professors to cluster their valorisation trajectories, so as to increase interdisciplinarity, collaboration and visibility.

Your profile

  • You obtained a doctoral thesis or gained comparable research experience (at least 5 years) in one or more of the relevant disciplines; You have strong knowledge of development processes within the medical sector (therapeutics, biochemical tests, biomarker development ...);
  • You have an active interest in valorisation of ground-breaking scientific research, both economically and socially;
  • You have a keen insight into the ecosystem in which you will work, and you are able to respond proactively to potential new markets;
  • You have basic knowledge of technology transfer processes for academic knowledge;
  • You have experience in reading, strategically interpreting and negotiating cooperation agreements and licensing contracts;
  • You build up a project portfolio and set the right priorities for its follow-up.
  • Preferably you understand and speak Dutch fluently. You have a good oral and written knowledge of English;
  • You have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and have the necessary communication and administrative skills;
  • You are an enterprising team player;
  • You are communicative, flexible, customer-friendly, honest, creative, quality-oriented and collaborative;
  • You are a networker and bring a relevant network to the university and the Antwerp University & Colleges Association (AUHA).

We offer

  • A permanent contract;
  • A full time gross monthly salary depending on your academic qualifications and professional experience is situated at the start of the position from €301,84 tot € 6.525,31. After positive evaluations, you can evolve towards a higher wage range, which varies from € 5.069,30 tot € 9.060,19.
  • A dynamic and stimulating work environment;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • 40 days of holiday and 1 week of collective closing (1 week between Christmas and New Year);
  • Reimbursement of public transport for homework travel;
  • Bicycle allowance;
  • Expected Start date: as soon as possible

How to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform until January 10, 2022. Click on 'apply', complete the online application form and don’t forget to include the following document(s): (1) a motivation letter and (2) your CV.
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure. Please make a note of the following dates: January 26, 2022 in de morning.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to jobs@uantwerpen.be.
  • More information regarding the IOF or about the profile and description of duties, can be obtained from Jurgen Joossens (tel. 3-265-30-25, Jurgen.Joossens@uantwerpen.be).

The University of Antwerp received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award for its HR policy. We are a sustainable, family-friendly organisation which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply.


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