Vacancy: JADS Program Manager (1,0 fte)

JADS Program Manager

We do cool stuff that matters, with data. Are you an enthusiastic Program Manager who likes to work closely with researcher in the fields of Data Science and Artificial intelligence? Are you interested in being responsible for the (operational) management, governance and guidance of research programs that focus on the Jads application domains (Nature & Agrifood, Crime & Safety, Social & Digital Entrepreneurship)? We are looking for you!

As our new Program Manager you are a sparring partner for (and support) the domain leaders of these application domains, interact with the associated regional and national network. You contribute to the writing of project proposals, reports, and policy documents. You will also be in close contact and collaborating with the JADS Impact team.

It is important that the Program Manager plays a unit-wide role, which includes both strategic planning and actual support for project applications concerning the acquisition of income from NWO calls and other research funds.

The position will include, among other things, the following tasks:

  • Supporting the research units to develop a strategic roadmap. This is motivated by internal expertise and potential as well as by an analysis of what is expected from developments in funding programmes in the coming years.
  • Actively supporting scientists in writing research proposals, at various levels (advising, reviewing, and where possible ‘co-writing’ sections on subjects such as finance, research relevance and exploitation).
  • Implementing of project management in the case of successfully acquired projects.
  • Managing the portfolio of projects (keeping track of all subsidy applications and evaluating their outcome in order to inform future bids).
  • Building and maintaining networks with (1) potential research partners/consortia, (2) funding institutions, (3) scientists within JADS and (4) scientists within both Universities (TU/e and TiU).
  • Participating in national and international meetings about research programmes; general (interest) representation of JADS on this subject at, among others, the NWO, the national science agenda, etc.
  • Tracking and actively searching suitable opportunities for research funding, providing tailored information to scientists about calls that fit their expertise, and proactively initiating proposals together with scientists.


  • You have a completed academic degree, in the exact sciences with demonstrable knowledge and/or affinity with the two main application domains (Nature & AgriFood and Crime & Safety).
  • You have affinity with academic research in the field of Data Science & Artificial Intelligence.
  • You have a demonstrable overview of the scientific network (who are the key researchers; what important research is ongoing) in the discipline in which you graduated.
  • You have pronounced sense of process management and the availability of relevant organizational experience.
  • You have demonstrable experience with project management and (project-based) working in a team.
  • You have an understanding of governance relations and processes and affinity with science policy.
  • You have a high level of flexibility, independence, initiative, and creativity.
  • You have an extensive level of stress resistance and accuracy.
  • You have excellent editorial and communication skills, both oral and written in Dutch and English.
  • You are enthusiastic, motivated, and happy to work in a versatile and high paced environment.

About JADS

The Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) is a unique cooperation between Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and Tilburg University (TiU). At JADS, we believe that data science can provide answers to society’s complex issues. We provide innovative educational programs, data science research, and support for business and society. With a team of lecturers, students, scientists and entrepreneurs – from a wide range of sectors and disciplines – we work on creating impact with data science. We do this by connecting people, sectors and industries: in the past 5 years we have been working with 300+ organizations on data-related projects. Our main drivers? Doing cool stuff that matters with data. Our location at the former monastery Mariënburg in Den Bosch houses a vibrant campus fully dedicated to data science.

Creating value, combining data science & entrepreneurship

As mentioned, a large number of organizations is collaborating with JADS. From startups to SME’s, NGO’s and large corporates, our business partners gain access to talent, high level knowledge and business opportunities. At JADS new data-driven business ideas are born all year round. Our students create their own start-ups and our looking for new collaborations or investors. We also welcome companies with their data & business innovation challenges in our professional education programs to transform an idea into a project.

Conditions of employment

We offer an exciting and challenging position. You will be appointed via the Technical University of Eindhoven who belongs to one of the top employers of the Netherlands. The employment contract will be for one year with the intention to extend the contract for 1 year after a positive assessment and unchanged circumstances. The salary is in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities, salary 11 (between €3807,- and €5211,- gross per month) (CAO-NU) and depending on education and work experience. Additionally, you will receive an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus an end of year- allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.

JADS offers excellent secondary conditions, for more information about our terms of employment, we refer to our website

Information and application

For further information, please contact Dr. L.B.J. Vertegaal, email: You can only apply for this vacancy online. Your application, accompanied by a curriculum vitae, must be received by September 24, 2021 at the latest.

Apply via TU/e

Do you want to do cool stuff that matters?

At JADS, you work in an ambitious team of professionals to meet the challenges of tomorrow together. We do cool stuff, that matters. We provide talent opportunities for both scientific staff and support staff. JADS is a human-centered organization; we pay attention to your personal development and value a good work-life balance.

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