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Mission Lucidity is looking for a Program Development Officer

About us

Mission Lucidity is a unique multidisciplinary partnership between four institutes in Leuven, Belgium:

  • KU Leuven (Europe’s most innovative university – Reuters 2019),
  • UZ Leuven (Belgium’s largest university hospital),
  • VIB (a European Centre of Excellence in life sciences with one of the world’s highest patent citation rates), and
  • imec (the world-leading nanoelectronics and digital technologies hub).

By combining excellent nanotechnology, life sciences and clinical research, we aim to develop ground-breaking scientific and medical solutions for neurodegenerative diseases.

Our scientific program is led by Professors Mathieu Vandenbulcke, Bart De Strooper, Rik Vandenberghe, Patrik Verstreken and Dr. Dries Braeken, leading researchers in neurodegeneration and nanotechnology applied to life sciences. It is currently centered around four interdisciplinary research projects, each of which aims to develop a novel tool to tackle the main obstacles in the search for a cure for neuro-degeneration.

To fund our ambitious research plans, in addition to applying for regular sources of funding (such as competitive grants), we strive for a stable fundraising relationship with international and national trusts and foundations. Overall, our ambition is to raise tens of millions of euros within the next five years.

Job description

We are currently looking for a Program Development Officer to strengthen our team with regards to program management and business development.

You would be responsible for:

  • Driving our multidisciplinary research program forward by connecting people and providing scientific and managerial support to the teams
  • Managing and coordinating our fundraising activities in Belgium, Europe and the US

Your specific tasks would be:

  • Identifying challenging ideas, innovative research lines and opportunities that could move the field forward
  • Stimulating collaborations and interactions towards ambitious scientific plans
  • Drafting interdisciplinary research plans, grants and related agreements
  • Monitoring the correct implementation of concluded agreements and follow‐up
  • Reporting on the progress of the research projects
  • Shaping of our strategic plan, together with the scientific and steering committees
  • Developing and maintaining a network of international contacts
  • Organizing scientific meetings, symposia and congresses
  • Providing outreach to the public and press, together with the communication team
  • Being the daily point of contact for our external fundraiser in the US
  • Providing support (pen holder) in the preparation of our value propositions, tailored towards the real needs of the target international trusts or foundations
  • Playing a connecting role in the relations between (potential) funders and our experts

Your profile

  • You have a scientific, clinical or technological background, preferably a PhD degree, and a clear interest in multidisciplinary, collaborative research.
  • You wish to actively contribute to impactful initiatives such as Mission Lucidity.
  • You are mature, empathic, charismatic, trustworthy and communicative.
  • You are a bridge builder and result-driven.
  • You will be able to represent our four partners in a balanced and fair manner.
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English; proficiency in Dutch is a plus.
  • You have experience in international commercial or business development activities, ideally with regards to innovation in areas like healthcare, biotech or pharma.
  • You are accustomed to executive business practices.

Our offer

  • A full-time assignment in a flexible work context
  • A remuneration and additional benefits based on your profile, expertise and experience
  • A unique opportunity to work at the crossroads between academic research and business development
  • Starting date: as soon as possible

How to apply?

To apply for this position, please send your CV and brief motivation letter to Ms. An Schreurs at You can also contact her for more information.

Applications are welcome until January 31, 2021.