Open position: Project Manager Open Science – Deadline 15 August 2022

Since its start, VLIZ manages and collects a lot of marine scientific data and information. To increase the impact of these, we make them open and public in the best possible way. This vacancy features in the current initiatives of the European Commission to initiate, promote and implement Open Science and Open Data, the so-called “European Open Science Cloud” (EOSC).

Our offer

  • A 2-year position (100%) in a vibrant and international environment at Innovocean campus in Ostend.
  • A salary according to diploma/experience (salary scales of the Flemish Government);
  • Additional benefits: holiday allowance, end of year allowance, meal vouchers, bicycle allowance, free public transport between home and work.
  • A good work-life balance including 35 days off, flexible working hours within a 38-hour working week and the possibility to work partly from home;
  • Opportunities for personal development (training).

Your tasks

  • Coordination of the European Open Science Cloud-initiatives and projects in which VLIZ is involved (E.g. EOSC Life, ENVI FAIR, EOSC future).
  • Planning and follow up of deliverables, tasks, agreements of the Open Science Team towards both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the content of project proposals coordinated with other partners in various consortia, as well as to the actual financial and progress reporting during their execution and fulfillment. Interaction with the VLIZ IT-division regarding deployment and adoption of cloud-related developments.

Main responsibilities

  • Project follow-up

    • Follow-up on timing and budget.
    • Participate in (inter)national project meetings with external partners, as VLIZ contact.
    • Support the project team. Keep the long-term overview, as well as the near-term deadlines, and adjust if necessary.
    • Write external project reports. Provide input for the administrative reporting.
  • Project prospection

    • Collaborate with all internal divisions to bring the different needs and wishes related to Open Science together in well-organized long-term plans.
    • Familiarize yourself with the marine science domain in general, and VLIZ’s own data systems and data flows to partners. Based on this insight you will explore future opportunities for the improvements of our own systems in a way that aligns with the goals of all stakeholders.
    • Search connection in (international) networks, detect new projects.
    • Prepare project applications, elaborate work plans, both considering available resources.
  • Delve into the subject area, follow trends and use that knowledge to develop new methods/products/projects, to ensure up-to-date marine data pipelines at VLIZ

    • Apply knowledge for continuous improvement of methods, products, and projects.
    • Apply creative and innovative ideas and initiatives.
    • Follow up on and implement contemporary trends regarding open science.
    • Take up, share, and help further the broad vision and strategy from VLIZ, as well as the targeted concrete views and goals taken up by the open science team.
  • Take responsibility for the expansion and valorisation of data systems and the expertise of the Data Centre

    • Define methods and approach for solving bottlenecks and gaps; make proposals with regards to new initiatives.
    • Detection of needs: proactively respond to the needs of scientists; translate these needs to the VLIZ operations.
    • Gather and deploy external knowledge.
  • Take on the role of ambassador to the outside world, and promote the reputation of VLIZ as an (intern)national contact point for marine scientific research

    • External communication: attend (inter)national meetings
    • Attend and represent VLIZ at network events.
    • Detect needs, monitor actively the scientific landscape, respond actively to needs of scientists, translate this to VLIZ operations.
    • Communicate on and promote the use of VLIZ services and infrastructure.
For each function, VLIZ considers enthusiastic involvement, open servitude, excellent professionalism and integrity as important characteristics.

Your profile


  • Master or PhD with a scientific background (marine, engineering, or informatics)
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience
  • Experience with (international) project management
  • General knowledge of the marine research landscape in Flemish, Belgian and European context
  • Practical knowledge of procedures of scientific data management
  • Practical knowledge of and experience with technical development of data systems
  • Knowledge of and experience with (marine) biological or life science data management is a plus
  • General knowledge of cloud technology, e-infrastructure and data science is a plus
  • General knowledge of Linked Open Data policies and techniques
  • General knowledge of Semantic Web and Knowledge Graph concepts and approaches
  • Knowledge of the EU Open Science Cloud and FAIR Data policies


  • Willingness to work in an international context
  • Effective oral and written communication skills in English and possibly Dutch
  • Curiosity, thirst for knowledge
  • Organization skills
  • Administratively precise and keen on formal reporting

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 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.

Within the VLIZ Data Centre, innovative data systems, products, technologies and infrastructures are developed to strengthen the excellence of the marine sciences in Flanders. Within international networks, the Data Centre contributes to the maintenance and development of large data infrastructures to promote the flow of marine data to and from scientists, industry and policy makers.

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 15 August 2022:

  • By post: Jan Mees, General director VLIZ, InnovOcean site, Wandelaarkaai 7, 8400 Oostende
  • By mail: with subject “Vacancy Project Manager Open Science”

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. You will be informed by email. The job interviews take place in the offices of VLIZ or via video conference between 26 and 31 August.

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