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Research Coordinator / Management Assistant UMH

Apply before: 2 May 2021
Working time: Day
Working hours: 21 hours per week
Discipline: AMC Medical Research (AMR)

What you are going to do

Exciting role available at pioneering scientific Centre for Urban Mental Health (uva.nl/urban-mental-health). At the Centre, research is aimed at understanding why some groups or individuals thrive in an urban setting, whereas other individuals are vulnerable and develop mental problems and mental health conditions. Complexity science is used as backbone to understand and intervene upon the complexities and dynamics of mental health problems in an urban environment This approach integrates timely research priorities of the University of Amsterdam in order to find more effective interventions to prevent and treat common mental health conditions, which will be tested in collaboration with societal partners in the Amsterdam region. A great opportunity if you want to work in a fulfilling research environment and to be part of growing research institute

In this role of coordinator/management assistant you are the central force behind organizational and co-ordination aspects at Urban Mental Health (UMH) research institute.

The so-called ‘spider in the web’, of all matters related to the Centre for Urban Mental Health. You manage the daily operations and a range of related activities, including communication.

More specifically:

  • you coordinate the research grants rounds of the institute’s relevant research programs, from the call for proposals to the final feedback to the applicant;
  • you contribute to the design and implementation of a program-specific communication plan, such as the placement of (English-language) news messages and the updating of the website and associated social media channels;
  • organize the Centre for Urban Mental Health and program-specific events;
  • you are responsible for the financial administration of the research program, keeping close contact with the board of directors;
  • you perform other common secretarial activities to support the research programs of the institute;
  • you organize, prepare and actively contribute to the weekly meetings with the co-directors and the monthly meeting with the board
  • you organize the bi-annual meetings with the national and international boards
  • The Centre for Urban Mental Health is located at the Institute of Advanced Studies, once the office is opened again, you will be the liaison for office management affairs and ensure a smooth running of the meetings at the IAS.

There is also a possibility for conducting research, in consultation with the management team. 

Your supervisors are the co-directors at the Centre for Urban Mental Health, but in terms of content you may also be working in a matrix style with other program leaders of the specific research programs for which you work

What we expect from you

We are looking for a research coordinator / management assistant who brings the following knowledge and experience:

  • at least a MSc, preferably a PhD, related to mental health
  • affinity with communication and resources to be used for this;
  • demonstrable experience in a similar position or clear affinity with a scientific research environment and with stakeholders in the field of mental health;
  • excellent command of the Dutch and English language, both spoken and written.

The colleague we are looking for is open and enthusiastic and has a real hands-on mentality. You stand firmly in your shoes and you dare to point people out. You are very skilled in terms of text and content management systems and social media have no secrets for you. You are a real service provider, dares to tackle matters independently and proactively and always keeps an eye on results and quality. Are you that creative person who likes to connect and builds a bridge between program leaders, researchers and the central office of the UMH Institute?

Where you are going to work

The Centre for Urban Mental Health is one of the largest research priority areas of the University of Amsterdam. The centre consists of three faculties: the Faculty of Medicine; the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences and Faculty of Science, and closely collaborates with and the Institute for Advanced Studies. This position will be embedded within the Faculty of Medicine but will be in close collaboration with the other aforementioned faculties. The centre will bring unique multidisciplinary research teams, enabling researchers joining forces and multiple stakeholders from the Amsterdam region. For ongoing projects, see our website.

The Centre for Urban Mental Health is managed by two co-directors and is supported by the management assistant (current role being advertised) and a student assistant, you will be working closely alongside them. UMH consists of 5 research programs that address mental health issues and societal challenges facing metropolitan regions. Each program is headed by a program leader embedded within the University’s faculties.

Want to know more about working at AMR? Take a look at our website https://werkenbijamc.nl/werken-bij-amr/.

What we offer you

We offer you ample opportunity for development, deepening and broadening, additional training and a place to grow! Working at AMR means working in an inspiring and professional environment where development is encouraged in every respect.

  • The maximum gross monthly salary based on a 36-hour work week is between € 2.769,- and € 4.615 (scale 8, 9 or 10 CAO UMC). Depending on the filling of the position, previous education and experience.
  • The base salary does not include holiday pay (8%) and a year-end bonus (8.3%).
  • We initially offer a contract for 12 months, with the prospect of extending the contract upon good performance till 31 december 2023.
  • In addition to excellent accessibility by public transport, AMC also has a sufficient number of parking spaces for employees.
  • Pension is accrued at Be Frank.

For an overview of all our other terms of employment, see https://werkenbijamc.nl/arbeidsvoorwaarden-amr/

Amsterdam UMC has an open culture. Together we continuously build an environment where everyone feels welcome. To achieve that, we strive to provide equal opportunities for everyone. We therefore cordially invite all interested parties to respond to this vacancy.

Let’s meet

If you would like to apply directly, please use the ‘apply’ button on this page.
If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Prof. Claudi Bockting (Hoogleraar Klinische Psychologie in de Psychiatrie, Klinisch Psycholoog), via c.l.bockting@amsterdamumc.nl or Prof. Dr. R.W.H.J. Wiers (Hoogleraar ontwikkelingspsychologie, Universiteit Amsterdam), via r.w.wiers@gmail.com.

We look forward to meeting you!