The Netherlands eScience Center has appointed Monique van der Linden as director of Operations, effective 1 June. Van der Linden succeeds Prof. Rob van Nieuwpoort, who has been filling this role in an acting capacity alongside his regular position as director of Technology.

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As head of Operations, Van der Linden will be responsible for the operational management of the eScience Center. Her remit will include finance and control, human resources and facility services. In addition, she will be a member of the eScience Center Board of Directors.

“I am extremely pleased that Monique has decided to join the eScience Center”, says Dr. Joris van Eijnatten, general director. “Besides being a highly capable administrator, Monique has extensive experience in academia. She knows the environment like few others and understands what is needed to help our organization grow sustainably over the coming years and fulfill its mission to enable digitally enhanced research across the Netherlands.”

Van der Linden: “I have worked almost my entire professional life in a university environment, a place that motivates and inspires me. I find it extremely rewarding to work with researchers and to create the optimal operational circumstances for them to thrive and carry out their research. I am excited about the prospect of putting my experience to use in such a dynamic organization. The impact of digital technologies on research is already substantial and will only become greater in future. I feel privileged to play a part in this important endeavour.”

About Monique van der Linden 

Monique van der Linden was appointed head of Operations at Utrecht University’s Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences in 2018. Prior to this, she held various administrative posts at UU and was, among other things, head of the Faculty of Humanities’ Research Support Office.

Van der Linden holds a Master’s in International Business from Maastricht University. 

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