Job: Programme leader Open Scholarly Communication (end of play: Jan 07, 2023) | NWO

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Do you have a passion for Open Science? Are you that ambitious connector and director and do you want to actively contribute to making Open Access and Open Science truly the norm in the coming years? Then this vacancy at NWO is for you. Apply and become part of our team!

Minister Dijkgraaf recently announced extra investments so that Open Science really becomes the standard in scientific research in the coming years. NWO has been asked to coordinate this by setting up a temporary Open Science directing body, following the example of other directing bodies at NWO, such as SIA and NRO. A budget of € 20 million per year is available for this for the next 10 years. The coordinating body will work closely with universities, medical centres, universities of applied sciences and service organizations such as SURF, DANS, 4TUdata and the university libraries.

Now that the goal of 100% Open Access to scientific articles in the Netherlands is within reach, new challenges are emerging. How do we extend Open Access to other publication types? How do we arrive at more transparent, cost-effective and equitable publication models in which the academic community is less dependent on market parties? And: how do we ensure that all that contentnot only Open Access but also actually accessible to the wider society? As a program leader, you have an important role in stimulating these innovations. You are the connector, director and inspirer in this area. You have a clear vision on the development of the scientific communication system. You have a good reputation in the Dutch Open Access community or can demonstrably build it up quickly. You are actively committed to continuing to work with that community, libraries and other organizations to renew that landscape towards a more open system of scientific publishing and thus to the full transition to Open Science.


In practice it means that you:

  • are responsible for the development of a program line “towards open scholarly communication” along the lines of the ambitions formulated in the NPOS;
  • together with your colleagues, translate these ambitions into funding instruments and organize them in such a way that applicants (institutions and researchers) are challenged to make innovative proposals;
  • acts as the community manager of the wider Dutch community in the field, contributes to activities to connect parties and stimulate cooperation, eg by organizing meetings or workshops;
  • keeps a close eye on developments in the field of Open Access, identifies new developments and puts them on the agenda;
  • act as secretary in the project proposal review process;
  • are responsible for the further development, implementation and evaluation of the Open Access policy of NWO in line with the strategic principles of NWO, and ensure coordination within NWO and with external parties;
  • builds and maintains the international network with organizations in this field, including fellow funding councils , the European Commission, libraries, publishers and relevant Open Science infrastructures.

You bring this

  • demonstrable experience and affinity with the broader Open Science agenda and a real drive to make Open Science the norm;
  • several years of work experience in the specific field of Open Access at a scientific institution or publisher;
  • a convincing vision of the future of the academic publishing landscape;
  • a relevant national and international network in the Open Access community;
  • excellently capable of inspiring, connecting and enthusing that community;
  • attention to and insight into (in)formal relationships, positions and interests within and outside NWO and the capacity to respond adequately to these;
  • an independent work attitude in which you also function well in a team, with a sense of proportion;
  • good communication skills, both orally and in writing in Dutch and English;
  • experience in maintaining contacts and cooperation in science and with representative national organizations such as UNL, UKB, NFU, SURF, KNAW;
  • knowledge of grant processes at NWO or other financiers or the willingness to develop them;
  • a completed academic education. 

You recognize yourself in the core values ​​of NWO: involved, reliable, connecting and groundbreaking. 

This is where you come to work

The Open Science governing body is in the starting blocks and currently consists of a quartermaster/director and 2 policy officers. In the coming year, this team will further expand to a team of a maximum of 10 employees (program leaders, program employees and support staff). We are working towards an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and ambitious team that has the drive to accelerate the transition to Open Science and really make it the norm. As the steering body, we will work closely with all organizations active in the field of Open Science in the Netherlands. As


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Date tagged:

12/12/2022, 04:52

Date published:

12/11/2022, 23:52