VLIZ recruits: Team Leader / Project Manager Data Centre - "Open Science"-team | Flanders Marine Institute

Flanders Marine Institute

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VLIZ recruits: Team Leader / Project Manager Data Centre - "Open Science"-team

VLIZ is looking for a Team Leader / Project Manager for the Open Science-team of the Data Centre. Take the opportunity to grow together with VLIZ towards a world-class marine institute.

Our offer

  • A challenging job in the dynamic environment at the InnovOcean site in Ostend.
  • A contract of indefinite duration (fixed frame position) and a salary scale according to qualifications and experience, following the salary scales of the Flemish Government.
  • Fringe benefits: holiday pay, end-of-year bonus, meal vouchers, hospitalization insurance, group pension insurance, bike allowance, free public transport for home-work-commuting and an attractive holiday arrangement.

Your tasks

  • You coordinate the Open Science Cloud-initiatives to which VLIZ contributes (e.g. EOSC Life, ENVRI FAIR)
  • You coordinate the VLIZ participation in the LifeWatch ESFRI.
  • You manage and supervise your team of 3-5 employees.
  • You work together with the VLIZ IT-division regarding deployment and adoption of cloud-related developments.
  • You take responsibility for the technical development of marine databases and metadatabases managed at VLIZ.
  • You take on the role of ambassador to the outside world through networking, and promote the reputation of VLIZ as an (inter)national contact point for marine scientific data management.
For each function, VLIZ considers enthusiastic involvement, open servitude, excellent professionalism and integrity as important characteristics.

Your profile

  • Master (or PhD) degree in the field of marine sciences, engineering or informatics.
  • Need to have:
    • Experience with (biological or life science) data management.
    • Knowledge of and experience with cloud technology, e-infrastructures and data science.
    • Experience with managing international projects.
    • Good understanding of the marine research landscape in Flemish, Belgian and European context.
    • Effective oral and written communication skills in English.
    • Strong leadership, management and interpersonal skills.
  • Nice to have:
    • Knowledge of the EU Open Science Cloud an FAIR Data policies.
    • Experience with technical development of data systems and databases.
    • Willing to work in an international context and occasionally work abroad.

About us

Over the last 20 years, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) has become a knowledge institution indispensable to the marine research landscape. What started as an institute focusing on science support, has evolved into a national and international point of contact for marine research. VLIZ initiates and carries out multidisciplinary research and supports marine experts by providing research infrastructure, data, information and knowledge. VLIZ supports the blue economy and reaches out to a broad public. VLIZ further broadens its marine horizons and aims at becoming a world player in the field of marine and coastal research.

A stimulating working environment forms the base of our flourishing knowledge institute. The well-being of our employees comes first. VLIZ is looking for colleagues who, with their passion and knowledge, want to strengthen our growing institute and face the blue challenges of the future.

Additional information

For more information concerning this vacancy, please contact Lennert Tyberghein, head of the Data Centre, by e-mail ( ).

Does this vacancy appeal to you?

Send in your cover letter and CV no later than Monday 30 September 2019:

You can contact us by telephone on +32 (0)59 34 21 30.

VLIZ promotes equality and diversity in the workplace. You will be recruited based on competencies. Qualities of people are decisive, regardless of gender, religion, ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation or any disability.


Based on the received motivation letters and CVs; a select group of candidates will be invited for a job interview in the course of October 2019. You will be informed by e-mail. The job interviews take place in the offices of VLIZ.