Project Manager (Corona)Virology (0.8 - 1.0 FTE)

Hours per week: 
28 to 40
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Department Biomolecular Health Sciences
Application deadline: 

Job description

As a Project Manager of the Virology section (Department BHS) of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine you will play a crucial role in supporting the lead scientists in their research on coronaviruses. You will, among other things, manage the administrative processes surrounding several large grants, help writing (scientific) reports and quotations, help structuring and coordinating internal processes and assist the lead scientists so that they can focus on science.  

The Virology section is one of the world-leading groups in fundamental research on coronaviruses, the influenza virus and picornaviruses. Recently, several grant applications have been awarded, including EU grants, TKI LSH Health Holland PPP grants, and a large IMI consortium on therapeutics against SARS-CoV-2). Additionally, together with UU business developers, we have several interactions with pharmaceutical industries. The section has grown rapidly with many new colleagues and additional laboratories. As a Project Manager you will be part of this.


We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative team player who knows what it takes to do world-class research and who enjoys facilitating this. Someone who is stress-proof, flexible and proactive. Someone who sees what work should/could be done and tackles it. 

  • You have a background in life sciences, preferably in biomolecular sciences. A PhD is a big plus.
  • You enjoy working in a dynamic, innovative, and high-pressure environment.
  • You are capable of monitoring project progress and acting on it.
  • You work independently, proactively and have a high sense of responsibility.
  • You are flexible and have good analytical and organizational skills.
  • You are able to communicate verbally and in writing at different (international) levels, both in English and in Dutch.
  • Knowledge of and experience with intellectual property, patents and licenses is a plus.


We offer a challenging position (0.8-1.0 FTE), initially for a period of one year, with the prospect of extension, in a dynamic and professional environment with plenty of room for initiative and entrepreneurship. This position provides ample opportunity to develop yourself and your talents at cutting edge project management and science. Development meetings and continuous feedback are obvious, and you will be given the opportunity to follow UU Development programme trainings. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €3,746  and €5,826 (scale 11/12 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 Veterinary Medicine has a unique position in the Netherlands. Not only is this the only institution where veterinarians are trained, but it is also where Researchers are working together on innovative scientific research. In addition, the faculty provides specialist clinical care in the largest academic veterinary hospital in Europe. Thanks to this position, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is a point of contact for all veterinary matters, both nationally and increasingly internationally. The faculty employs approximately 900 Veterinarians, Scientists and support staff and counts 1.500 students.

The Virology section is part of the division Infectious Diseases and Immunology within the department Biomolecular Health Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University. Apart from world-leading fundamental research on coronaviruses, the influenza virus and picornaviruses, we strive to translate the insights we obtained into the development of novel vaccines, therapeutic antibodies, antiviral drugs, and diagnostics.

Researchers from the Virology section work together in an innovative scientific research environment with other groups at a national level – e.g. in the Netherlands Centre for One Health (NCOH) - as well as internationally to tackle the global risks of (re)emerging infectious diseases in animals and humans. In our research on coronaviruses, we have made seminal contributions to understanding the coronavirus structure, the identification of receptors, and entry mechanisms. Recently, we also identified the first therapeutic human monoclonal antibody that can neutralize SARS-CoV-2.

Additional information

For more information, please contact Prof F.J.M. van Kuppeveld, via Please do not send your application letter to this e-mail address.


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.

Due to the coronavirus, interviews will be conducted by video calling and not in person.

The application deadline is 30 November 2020.