Institute Manager

Vacancy by Astron

  • Astron
  • Dwingeloo
  • WWI
  • 2 years, with a view to permanent employment

IT Innovation Research and science Integral business operations International environment Technic Including

ASTRON is the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy. ASTRON is part of the institutes organization of NWO. Our mission is to enable discoveries in radio astronomy. We do this by developing new and innovative technologies, operating world-class radio astronomy facilities and conducting basic astronomical research. We work with inclusive teams, in which employees with diverse identities and perspectives work together. This makes our employees feel safe and valued, so that they can perform optimally and new windows can be opened on our universe with everyone's input.

Working at ASTRON means working together in an international environment with highly trained professionals in a result-oriented, academic atmosphere. Whether you are an astronomer, engineer, software developer, technician or have a function that supports primary processes, your job at ASTRON is innovative and groundbreaking. ASTRON strives for a diverse, inclusive and sustainable working environment for everyone.

For our institute in Dwingeloo we are looking for a


who, together with our director, management team and employees, achieves our mission, further develops our strategic vision and increases the impact of our scientific and technical discoveries for the wider community and society, as well as realizing our ambition on inclusion and safety.

We are looking for a driven bridge builder and a culture innovator with a pragmatic approach, a collaborative and empathetic manager and a financial strategist.

As an institute manager you are responsible for the integral management of ASTRON, and you create the conditions for conducting top scientific research. You report to the director of ASTRON and manage the Business Support & Services department with the Finance, ICT & Facilities, HR, Communication & Support teams. As a member of the management team, you are jointly responsible for the development of the institute's strategic policy. You represent ASTRON in various consultative bodies and build contacts with NWO, government, industry, universities, institutes and national and international institutions and organizations. Together with fellow NWO-I institute managers, you are co-responsible for the joint operational management of the NWO-I institutes and, where necessary, manage complex cross-institute projects.

We ask

You have an academic working and thinking level. You have experience in managing a dynamic, complex organization, you have an affinity with science and you are adept at solving complex business and economic issues. You have a solid background in financial strategy and business operations. Affinity with technology is a plus. You are able to flexibly manage people with different styles and levels of education. You are decisive, stand for results and combine this with a warm and connecting personality. You have a listening ear, an eye for efficiency, a sense of administrative relationships and you also have excellent communication and leadership skills.

We offer

ASTRON offers an attractive international innovative working environment for passionate researchers and professionals. Communication is informal and takes place via short lines. Our terms of employment are laid down in the collective labor agreement for research institutions (CAO-OI). We offer:

– An employment contract of 0.8 to 1.0 FTE of 2 years, which will be converted into an employment contract for an indefinite period if suitability has been proven.

– A salary depending on education and experience, based on scale 15 of the Collective Labor Agreement for Research Institutions.

– Holiday pay, year-end bonus and an attractive and flexible package of employment conditions including 42 days of leave and a good pension provision.

– Generous allowances for courses and training for further professional development.

– ASTRON has arrangements that support employees in finding a good work-life balance, such as the option to work partly from home, partly paid parental leave and the possibility to buy and sell holiday leave.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Jessica Dempsey, ASTRON Director ( or with Harrianne ter Meer, Coordinator HR ( on you will find more information about our research institute and the employment conditions. Applications can be submitted up to and including 14 January 2023 via this website.

We have scheduled the first round of talks on Tuesday, January 31.  

ASTRON strives for a diverse workforce: we want to develop talent and creativity by bringing together people from different backgrounds and cultures. We recruit and select based on competences and talents. That is why we encourage everyone who recognizes themselves in the vacancy, regardless of age, gender, origin, sexual orientation or disability, to apply.

Submitting a Certificate of Good Behavior is part of the application procedure. The NWO Application Code applies to this vacancy. An assessment can be part of the selection procedure.

About NWO-I

The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) is the national research funder. Nine research institutes, including ASTRON, fall under NWO-I. These are national centers of expertise in specific fields of science, from astronomy to marine research. The NWO institutes conduct high-quality scientific research and function as powerful national instruments in science policy. They make it possible to coordinate scientific fields for the long term and to innovate research.

Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.

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