Contracts Officer (0.8 FTE)

Hours per week: 
32 to 32
Faculty of Humanities
Keten Onderzoeksondersteuning
Application deadline: 

Job description

Utrecht University's Research Support Offices (RSOs) support Researchers in their applications for external funding. The RSOs of the Faculties of Humanities and Law, Economics, Governance and Organisation (REBO) are expanding and are therefore recruiting a Contracts Officer. In this new role, you will support and advise the departments and Researchers in drafting and reviewing contracts in the field of research. You will also assist in the development of templates. As a Contracts Officer, you will coordinate the entire contract process, from receipt to the final signature. You will work closely together with the other eight RSO team members.

What will you be doing?

  • advising on research contracts, consortium agreements, tenders and other agreements in the field of research;
  • assessing and/or drafting these agreements;
  • identifying legal and financial risks;
  • independent coordination of all stages of the contract process;
  • perform all the administrative and organisational tasks involved;
  • monitoring the progress of all contracts from start to finish;
  • assist in the development of templates and procedures in order to achieve an even more efficient contract process.


We are looking for a colleague with some understanding of contracts, who is curious and enjoys shaping this new position. Preferably you have completed a higher education study (hbo) and you have experience in drafting and reviewing contracts in a research environment. You are able to identify risks and balance different internal and external interests.
You are conscientious, enjoy helping people and capable of building solid working relationships with various parties. You have experience in giving short and concise advice and you are able to work independently as well as in a team. You are eager to develop yourself and you have excellent communication skills, both in English and in Dutch.


You will be offered a varied position (0.8 FTE) in a close team for a period of one year with the possibility of an extension if both parties are satisfied. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €2,790 and €4,402 (scale 10 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

About the organisation

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

The Faculty of Humanities has around 6,000 students and 900 staff members. It comprises four knowledge domains: Philosophy and Religious Studies, History and Art History, Media and Culture Studies, and Languages, Literature and Communication. With its research and education in these fields, the faculty aims to contribute to a better understanding of the Netherlands and Europe in a rapidly changing social and cultural context. 

The Faculty of Law, Economics, Governance and Organisation has approximately 5,500 students and almost 700 staff members and it is a unique combination of three departments: Law, Economics and Governance. These three disciplines provide education and research separately and jointly and contribute to socially relevant issues in a multidisciplinary context. This joining of forces makes the faculty unique.
The enthusiastic and committed colleagues and the excellent amenities in the historical city center of Utrecht, where both faculties are housed, contribute to an inspiring working environment.

Additional information

Would you like to know more about the position? Please contact Michael Robinson (Head of RSO Humanities and REBO), at


Everyone deserves to feel at home at our university. We welcome employees with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. To apply, please send your curriculum vitae, including a letter of motivation via the ‘apply’ button below. Curriculum vitaes and motivation letters should be submitted in English.

Please note: Due to the current situation regarding the Corona virus the interviews may take place via Microsoft Teams.

The application deadline is 4 October 2021.