Project Manager Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence Consortium

Faculty/Services:  Faculteit der Natuurw., Wiskunde en Informatica
Educational level:  higher vocational education/university
Function type:  Support Staff
Closing date:  10 december 2021



Are you a service oriented professional, capable of working with multiple stakeholders, contributing to a world class scientific position of the University of Amsterdam in the field of Artificial Intelligence?


This position will be specifically for a national consortium with funding from NWO and industry. The consortium is an initiative of ICAI, the Innovation Center for Articifial Intelligence, which is coordinated by the UvA. ICAI is a national network, with the aim to develop more knowledge and talent for the Dutch AI ecosystem. The consortium is building around ICAI and in the ICAI way of working with ICAI labs, where researchers and industry partners work very closely on topics that are of high importance for the industry partner(s). This specific consortium and proposal comes from ICAI and is a proposal for a 10 year project in close relation to the industry in the Netherlands.


The project manager will be working closely with the researchers, business developers, industry partners and internal departments to build the full proposal. After the first year of building the consortium and full proposal, if the proposal is granted and following a positive evaluation of performance, the project manager could remain as the project manager for the start and execution of the project.


What are you going to do

  • Day-to-day executive management of the project proposal phase and follow up on requirements set by the external funding organization.
  • Management of relations with project co-workers and work with colleagues in ICAI.
  • Management of legal, financial and administrative obligations of the proposal, towards the funding organisation, the partners in the consortium and the UvA.
  • Prepare reports, both internal and external.
  • Financial management and reporting, in close cooperation with the UvA project control department.
  • Prepare and organize project meetings and assist in (the organization of) dissemination activities like workshops, website, conferences and publications.
  • Maintain contacts with external stakeholders and act as first contact for the project.



What do we require of you



Higher professional education or academic background. Experience with scientific research is an advantage. Experience in project management and in writing project proposals and understanding subsidy schemes and understanding of project administrative issues, finances, procedures, legal issues, and organization.

Furthermore you:

  • are capable of operating both independently with own authority, based on knowledge, expertise and experience, as within a team where you are willing to handle each other’s work where necessary;
  • are capable of working independently with multiple stakeholders, both inside and outside the university;
  • are willing to work with flexible work hours and where necessary on irregular hours;
  • have a creative mind in setting up new projects and converting ideas into practicedemonstrate a service-oriented attitude towards the goal of the consortium and proposal;
  • are willing to perform both high- and low-level tasks in relevant projects; have good communicative skills, in English and preferably also in Dutch, and are capable of maintaining a high level, sometimes intercultural network.



Our offer



We offer a temporary contract for 32 to 38 hours per week, for the duration of 12 months. If the proposal is granted and upon positive evaluation after the first year, you will be offered a permanent position. Depending on skills and experience, promotion to a higher scale function with more responsibilities and challenges as project manager is possible.

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,836 to €4,474 (scale 10) gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.


Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.



About us



The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.


As the department of project management we are responsible for the day to day management of all externally funded research projects which are coordinated by the Faculty of Science. Our department continuously runs several projects at the same time and assists project leaders in acquiring new projects under their lead.


We are highly flexible in operating in both current running projects and in the constant acquisition rounds of proposals with external funders, mainly the European Commission, but also Dutch national funding agencies like NWO and RVO/ministries. We are highly service oriented towards the scientific staff, willing to work under pressure and always working towards solutions.


The ICAI has the mission to keep the Netherlands at the forefront of knowledge and talent development in AI. We want to achieve this, by working together as knowledge institutions with companies, governments and non-profit, and using our strengths. There are several regions, all with very strong aspects, that we can fully focus on with AI. Amsterdam is one of the regions were researchers work together with partners in an ICAI Lab.






Do you have questions about this vacancy? Or do you want to know more about our organisation? Please contact:


  • Jacco Konijn, Head of Project Management
  • T. + 31 (0)6 13 538 282



Job application



Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 10 December 2021. You can apply online by using the link below.  Applications in .pdf should include a motivation letter and CV. Please mention the months (not just years) in your CV when referring to your education and work experience.


We will invite potential candidates for interviews in the week after 10 December 2021.


The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.


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