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ECIU is hiring: A European Funding Advisor


September 16, 2021

ECIU is hiring: A European Funding Advisor


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Become part of an ambitious and international passionate team who believes in the creation of a European University. You will be in charge of attracting sustainable EU funding  to support research, education and digitalization of ECIU University. It is up to you at which of the ECIU member universities you would like to work.  Welcome to the team!

ECIU is a network of 12 European universities and one member university in Mexico working together to start up one of the first European Universities. The mission of the ECIU University project is to set up an agile, open agora at the European level for solving multi-disciplinary societal challenges, undertaking joint research activities and learning for life. Together, ECIU member universities will create an invigorating model of a true European University for the benefit of European society. The funding advisor will be based at a Grants Office team in one of the ECIU member universities of her/his choice.

 As the ECIU European Funding Advisor, your primary role will be to identify EU funding opportunities to support the further development of ECIU University and the ambitions in collaborative research and education and present these opportunities to the ECIU members. You will support the preparation, writing and submission of funding proposals for ECIU University. You will work in close collaboration with the ECIU management, the funding experts of ECIU’s member universities and the ECIU Brussels office.

You are expected to take a pro-active role in:

  • Developing a systematic understanding of the EU funding opportunities across the different Directorates-General (DGs) to support research, education and digitalization of ECIU University.
  • Raising awareness of relevant funding opportunities for ECIU University and its member universities.
  • Supporting the development of funding proposals which support the ambitions of the ECIU University.


Your Tasks

  • Pro-actively searching for upcoming EU funding opportunities, specifically in the area of European research, education, digitalization and innovation to foster ECIU University developments.
  • Informing and advising the ECIU community about the funding opportunities and help in prioritization.
  • Taking the lead in guiding and managing the process of project proposal development, including keeping a timeline and supporting the writing team; hands-on tasks to include co-developing of non-scientific sections of the proposal and final editing.
  • Representing ECIU at relevant European events as needed and developing and maintaining good relationships with EU funding agencies and relevant networks in close collaboration with the ECIU Brussels’ Office.


Your Profile

  • You have strong experience in supporting organizations in EU funding, including hands-on work at the level of grant proposal development for consortia.
  • You know and understand the EU, its institutions and its R&I, education, and digitalization funding landscape.
  • You are innovative, think out of the box and can elaborate funding EU opportunities in novel ways.
  • You work with a project-based approach and you can efficiently handle several projects simultaneously (incl. multitasking skills and the ability to manage teams working towards multiple deadlines).
  • You have a pro-active way of working, take the initiative and independently assume the support role.
  • You are a connector, culture-sensitive, and enjoy close collaboration with the ECIU member institutions that are based abroad (includes some availability for traveling).
  • You know what it means to work in an international academic environment.
  • You have an excellent command of the English language, including in written form.
  • You are communicative, service-oriented and accurate.



For more information about this vacancy, please get in touch with Katrin Dircksen, ECIU Secretary-General, at k.dircksen@utwente.nl.

Please submit your application by the 15th October 2021 at the latest by sending a motivation letter (incl. salary expectations, the preferred host university and the earliest possible starting date) and your current CV to Katrin Dircksen, k.dircksen@utwente.nl. A reference check, screening or assessment may be part of the recruitment procedure. The first round of interviews is planned for 25th October 2021 (week 43), the second round for the week of 8th November 2021 (week 45).

Our Offer

The position will be a fixed-term contract for the duration of 2 years with one of the ECIU member universities according to local legislation. We offer a competitive remuneration package based on educational qualification and work experience. Relocation services are available at most location to assist the candidate.

About ECIU

The European Consortium of Innovative Universities is a network of 13 entrepreneurial and research-intensive universities. We remain dedicated to ensuring a culture of innovation in all of our institutions and providing a catalytic role for innovation in business and society. All our members are strong in technology, engineering and social sciences. The ECIU member universities have a proven track record of collaboration in open ecosystems together with stakeholders leading to relevant societal impact. It is in our DNA to look boldly into the future, see opportunities, and reinvent ourselves over and over again at the European level. In past years ECIU member universities have regularly submitted joint grant proposals.

As the ECIU University continues to develop, it is building upon the recognition by the European Commission of its endeavours to advance the European Education and Research Areas. ECIU has set ambitious common research and education objectives and requires senior management commitment to the common  long-term vision. This Funding Advisor appointment will be an important part of developing this vibrant and ambitious community across Europe.

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