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Experienced research support consultant focusing on European funding at the University of Southern Denmark

Do you know your way around the Horizon Europe collaborative funding landscape?
Do you know how to build successful collaborative RIA projects? 

If yes, the Research & Innovation Organization at the University of Southern Denmark offers a highly interesting specialist position in a unique working environment. 

Description of work

The position belongs to the 'Research Support' team that supports the development, grant application and implementation of research-based project consortia focusing on European funding programs and the Danish private foundations. The team is part of the university’s central research support and works closely with researchers and the local faculty support units to win societal impact-oriented collaborative grants. 

The positions offered are broad and interesting as you will be involved in all aspects of the pre-award process. This includes advising researchers on funding strategy, relevant funding programs and potential consortium partners, communicating the importance of research policy aspects, representing researchers in European networks, participating in concept and project development, and proposal writing. You will need to understand and respond to new trends in the funding and policy landscape, in order to best promote the university's researchers and their European research agendas. You will also work to support initiatives and knowledge-sharing across the university. 

Applicant's profile

We are looking for applicants who are: 

  • passionate about EU funding, especially in relation to research and innovation-based cross-sectorial collaborations
  • experienced proposal writers with a deep understanding of the impact and organization aspects of research and innovation projects
  • well-informed about European networks and research programs
  • both proactive and self-managed - as well as team-oriented with a collaborative mindset, sharing knowledge and building relations
  • strong communicators able to communicate complex issues to different audiences
  • fluent in English speech and writing
  • holder of a master’s or Ph.D. degree within the natural, health or engineering sciences. 

The job offer

You will be part of a dedicated and highly competent team in the flexible and collaborative working environment of the university’s central support office (SDU RIO).  You will work with competent and committed colleagues from across SDU's organization, including other SDU RIO teams (business developers as well as policy, legal and strategy advisors) and the local faculty research support offices, to provide professional and committed support for SDU's researchers. You are therefore expected to perform both as a specialist and as a team member. You will work with highly relevant international projects from many of SDU's research environments and sometimes face demanding tasks or deadlines. However, you will make a difference for SDU’s researchers and research environments and thereby help to transform research visions into concrete projects. 

More information

  • 1st round interviews are expected 8th, 9th or 11th of June 2021
  • 2nd round interviews are expected 22nd, 24th or 25th of June 2021.
  • Preferentially, you can start around 1st of August 2021 (or as soon as possible thereafter).
  • The position is full-time (37 hour/week) with anticipated placement as a ‘special consultant’.
  • The primary place of employment is Odense, but weekly workdays in other SDU campus cities (Sønderborg, Esbjerg, Kolding, Slagelse and Copenhagen) can be negotiated.
  • You will refer to the Head of SDU RIO's Research Support team. 

Further information about the positions can be obtained from SDU RIO team leader Esben N. Flindt (M: +45 4047 3773, E: 

We look forward to hearing from you. 


SDU RIO (SDU’s Research and Innovation Organization) is a support office in the central administration established in 2017 with the aim of supporting SDU's strategic focus on creating value for and with society incl. focus on the global sustainability goals. Value creation is achieved through close internal and external collaboration across SDU. SDU RIO supports the interaction between research and education with businesses, foundations and the public sector. SDU RIO has a broad portfolio of tasks and for example works with entrepreneurship and business development, technology exchange and patenting, partnerships and cross-sectorial collaborations, research support, contracts, internationalization, career guidance for students as well as connecting companies and students. 

About the University of Southern Denmark 

The University of Southern Denmark (SDU) is a young and dynamic university founded in 1966. It has around 30.000 students and 3.700 employees distributed over six campus cities. The biggest campus site is in Odense, centrally located in Denmark. Campus cities are spread across the country from the Danish west coast to Copenhagen in the eastern part of Denmark.The university has five faculties covering from humanities and social sciences to the natural, health and engineering sciences. The university is renowned both for outstanding basic research but also for its ability to connect research across disciplines and apply research in societal settings. SDU’s overall mission entails working for the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development to help provide solutions for the benefit of a sustainable world.

Salary is paid according to current agreements between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". 

Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Each box can only contain a 
single file of max. 10 Mb. 

We recommend that you read how to apply before you apply.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 

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Deadline 2021-May-31

You can apply for the job at Central Administration by completing the application form