Utrecht / Rijswijk • fulltime / parttime • MSc / PhD

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Your challenge

ttopstart consists of a team of creative, independent and highly ambitious professionals who combine knowledge of science with commercial skills. As a Life Science and Health consultant, you will be part of small, diverse team consisting of consultants, business developers and programme managers. You will directly report to the team manager, who will be the first point of contact for day-to-day matters. With your knowledge in life sciences and the subsidy landscape, you will make the connection with the many funding possibilities available. All comes down to your knowledge, creativity, and communication skills in order to serve our clients optimally and guarantee funding for their projects.

Your day at ttopstart

A cup of coffee first of course!

Then you start the working day with a short energetic update with your small team of consultants.

You continue preparing the framework for the consortium meeting later this week.

You have a call with a potential client and aim to unlock the true potential of their exciting (bio)medical idea. Following the call, you define a strategic funding roadmap.

You sit down with one of your teammates to refine the questions that should guide his market intelligence report. In this way, you help the client make smart and substantiated choices to get their innovation to the market faster and better.

You continue developing the impact section of an upcoming Horizon proposal and send it out for review. By posing the right questions you aim to solicit high-quality input from 10 partners.   

At the end of the day, you have delivered new insights and ideas to your clients to ensure innovations are implemented faster and better, and research teams and businesses thrive.

You also get to

Work on a great variety of innovative projects in Europe.

Be in a challenging, entrepreneurial and international environment.

Collaborate in an ambitious and creative team, with colleagues always ready to support, brainstorm or simply catch up.

Accelerate ideas and innovations that deliver better health and care.

Participate in training and coaching.

Enjoy fun events and activities organized by our very own party committee.

What are you like?

You have at least a Master’s degree in the field of the Life sciences and/or Health Sector.

3 to 5 years relevant experience with life science funding schemes at national and/or European level (i.e., experience in grant writing of personal excellence grants such as European Research Council, and/or experience in grant writing for large public-private consortia).

You have strong creative problem-solving skills, and a truly proactive, independent, and confident attitude.

You like drafting high quality project plans, reports, funding applications, or business cases in direct coordination with clients.

You have consulting skills such as flexibility in communication, expectation management, and customer focus, as well as skills to balance time, efficiency, effort, quality and innovation.

Excellent English communication skills (both oral and in writing).

Knowledge of the Dutch language is a plus.

The application process

The application process is as follows:

Because we believe it is important to find the very best match, we do not have a closing date in this procedure. This means that we will close the vacancy when we have found a good candidate. So as long as the vacancy is online, you can respond.

Interested in this job? Apply now!

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