Programme Manager – Social Sciences  & Humanities – (0,8 – 1 FTE)


The Netherlands eScience Center is on the lookout for an enthusiastic Programme Manager for our Social Sciences & Humanities section to join our dynamic team and collaborate on exciting projects. Join us in harnessing the power of technology to drive innovative research forward.

If you have the drive to continuously improve software & impact science, if you are creative and communicative, and enjoy tackling complex challenges, this is the job for you. 

Who are we?   

The Netherlands eScience Center is the national centre for innovative software solutions in academic research. We aim to bridge the gap in knowledge and expertise between digital technologies on the one hand and scientific and scholarly inquiry on the other. We create the tools and digital methodologies that enable researchers across all disciplines to answer research questions, harnessing our unique blend of academic expertise and software development skills. We attach great importance to software quality and sustainability, and academic recognition of research software.

We stand for a research-focused, professional, collaborative, open and resourceful approach to everything we do, and we require that our staff can identify with these eScience Center values. Our people have a diverse background in education, gender, nationality and ethnicity. Together, we form an inclusive group with a common drive.

Our Research Software Engineers are distributed into four different sections, Life Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Environment & Sustainability, and Natural Sciences & Engineering. The team of Programme Managers works under the supervision of the Programme Director. Within this team alignment and synergy of academic goals, the eScience Center strategy and technological expertise and operational execution of all our projects is a focus.

Who are you?

You have a clear vision on programme management and thrive of the dynamics that come with this. You have the ability to implement and improve project and call procedures and policies. You have a clear sense of the needs of researchers and research communities within the SSH domain. In addition, you have:

  • PhD in the social sciences or humanities, or equivalent plus at least 6 years’ experience within a relevant research environment
  • Project and/or programme management experience
  • Experience in the use of research-oriented digital methodologies
  • Strategic insight into maximizing project impact based on scientific and technological considerations
  • Ability to multitask, set boundaries and function in a highly dynamic environment.
  • Ability to assess and handle complex situations and maintain a helicopter view
  • Strong communicative, social and organizational skills
  • Good understanding of team dynamics
  • Familiarity with and vision on the research landscape in the Netherlands

What will you do?

You are accountable for ensuring the seamless execution and success of projects within the eScience Center and contributing to the call strategy. Your responsibilities include:

  • Take care of the project portfolio, ensuring its effective management and being accountable for its outcomes
  • Coordinate and execute the call process under the guidance of the Programme Director, facilitating the selection and initiation of projects
  • Monitor project progress and the quality of research software solutions, ensuring that standards and objectives are met
  • Encourage collaboration within and across sections, promoting synergy and innovation in project initiatives
  • Act as a mediator and point of contact for project needs and unforeseen circumstances, provide resolutions and support as necessary. Serve as a mediator for conflicts between project members and lead applicants, ensuring smooth project progression
  • Identify opportunities to reuse results both within and beyond the eScience Center
  • Monitor, manage and report on programme budgets
  • Stay informed about developments in research funding at both the national and international level, providing insights and recommendations to the Programme Director
  • Stimulate the acquisition of externally funded projects, expanding the Center’s project portfolio and research opportunities

In addition to these core responsibilities, a portion of your time should be dedicated to project-related activities such as engineering, consulting, acquisition, or outreach, maintaining a connection with the primary processes of the Center. Flexibility and adaptability are key as you may be called upon to perform other duties as necessary to support the Center’s mission and objectives.

What do we offer?   

      Want to join us?  

      Your application must contain a CV, a letter of motivation, and applicable references. The closing date to apply is 3 June 2024.  

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