Knowledge Broker (0.8/1.0 fte) 

Vacancy number: 17-369

Key responsibilities
As knowledge broker you create and manage relationships between academics and companies including managing the projects, relationships and intellectual property portfolios. You help academics to build partnerships with companies and institutions with the goal of delivering a social, commercial or financial impact from their research activities. Such partnerships may take the form of research collaborations, technology licenses, or entrepreneurial ventures.

You look for opportunities within the Leiden academic community which can be further developed with companies, and then negotiate, define and manage the different relationships and objectives to deliver specific positive results.

You have a passion for life science and technology, as well as experience in intellectual property, relationship management/account management and commercial deal making. You are goal focused and take pride in facilitating stakeholders to work together in successful collaborations.

You are focused on completing deals, as well as maintaining your relationships and creating new opportunities. To be effective you are acutely aware of stakeholders' drivers. You liaise between them and appreciate the different worlds they come from. You understand the challenges which accompany technology transfer from academia. You provide a window to the commercial world and help the two worlds to connect, and you can work efficiently and diligently within a supportive team environment.

You will work closely in an dynamic and supportive team environment, with experience in deal making entrepreneurship, life science technology, finance and grant Development, legal and public relations.

Selection criteria
Your background:

  • A university degree (preferably in life sciences);
  • Experience in collaborative relationship/account management;Background in, or affinity with industry;
  • Working knowledge of Intellectual Property;
  • Relevant professional experience of at least three years;
  • Proficient in both Dutch and English (written and spoken);
  • non-native speakers should have the ability to acquire good Dutch oral and writing skills within a year.

Your personality:

  • Results oriented & service mentality;
  • Understand the drivers of both academics and companies;
  • Dealmaker;
  • Affinity with the academic community.

About us
Luris creates and facilitates the network between Leiden academics and commercial partners. We support academics from Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) in their ambition to impact society at large with their research results. To achieve that aim, we not only work closely with the academics and companies but also other stakeholders in the region, such as the Leiden BioScience Park, Innovation Quarter and Medical Delta. In addition, Luris seeks to optimise existing relationships with external parties, thus enriching the research landscape in Leiden.

Terms and conditions
We offer a fascinating job at the knowledge transfer office of an internationally renowned university.

Appointment will be according to the terms of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten). The initial appointment will be for a period of one year with the opportunity for a renewal of at least one year or a permanent appointment. The salary will either be salary scale 11 or 12 CAO NU (gross minimum of € 3,475.- and gross maximum of € 5,405.- per month) based on qualifications and experience and on full-time employment.

Leiden University offers a benefits package with holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3%), training and career development. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. You can find the information on our website.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to the Director of Knowledge Partnering, Rob Mayfield, email or telephone +31 71 527 2522.

If you have any enquiries about the procedure, please contact the management assistant of Luris, Zalebry Joseph, e-mail: or telephone +31 71 527 2574.

Information about Leiden University can be found at

Please send your application letter with the vacancy number and your CV no later than 5 October 2017 by e-mail to Ms Zalebry Joseph at