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Research IT / DASH communication officer (0.8-1.0 fte)

DepartmentResearch Policy
Work locationGroningen
Apply no later than22 September 2019

Working environment

The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands and the largest employer in the north of the Netherlands. Over 12,500 staff work in patient care, education and training and in prominent and cutting-edge medical research, focusing on ‘healthy ageing ´. UMCG closely collaborates with the University of Groningen in this endeavour.
Within this overarching theme of Healthy Ageing, research at UMCG focuses among others on innovative diagnostics, treatments and prevention. UMCG is home to several large population cohorts, such as Lifelines and OncoLifes that are great assets in this respect. One of the approaches towards deeper knowledge is to connect large data collections from these parties, affording insight in health-relevant correlations that hitherto were hidden. To support these developments, the Data Science center in Health (DASH) and the Research IT program co-exist within the UMCG to further knowledge and support.

Research IT Program UMCG
The digitization of research data is paving the way for faster and newer forms of data use, reuse and sharing. Good data management is crucial in all stages of research. The Research IT Program of the UMCG takes the first step in combining (large-scale) research IT to be able to offer facilities efficiently, safely and sustainably. Researchers can use these basic services to perform optimum and cost-efficient research without having to arrange these basic needs for themselves. The Research IT Program supports researchers and research support groups to ensure that research data remains accessible and usable in the future and also ensures compliance with law and other regulations. The Research IT program already delivered a product portfolio based on IT and Data Management services. Our next goal is to extend the number of users and departments.

Data Science center in Health (DASH)
The ambition is to develop DASH into a center of excellence for the utilization of data science methods to gain insights from scientific, health and business data. DASH will form an integral part of the overall RUG data science landscape, which also encompasses areas other than health data. The objective of DASH is twofold. First, DASH will facilitate the scientific community that pushes the borders of health data science. Secondly, DASH will provide activities and a knowledge network for those that have the intention to handle big datasets but presently do not have the expertise to do so, individual researchers, research groups and private parties alike.
To achieve these goals, DASH will facilitate UMCG’s researchers in big data research, by analysing their needs in terms of research IT infrastructure, but also in terms of ethical, legal and societal issues (ELSI). Based on these needs new projects may be initiated and supported. To establish a thriving research environment, DASH will also harbour an incubator to support collaboration with private parties, as well as a ‘machine learning lab’ that will serve as a local knowledge hub for data science within UMCG, also serving as a linking pin to data science in the Northern part of the Netherlands.

Job description

Communication Officer Responsibilities
As a communication officer for the Research IT Program and DASH, you will be closely involved in defining and implementing the internal and external communication strategy of the two initiatives. You will be responsible for the development and implementation of a communication plan, and for coordinating all communication activities, including intranet and Internet content, social media presence, and organization of events and symposia.


  • Development and implementation of the communication plan for the two initiatives
  • Creation of the framework, development and maintenance of the content for all communication channels - websites, intranet, newsletter, presentations, leaflets, etc.
  • Coordination of ad-hoc events and of participation to internal and external events that are relevant for the two initiatives
  • Creation and maintenance of contacts with internal and external parties and target groups
  • Coordination of relevant tasks with the central communication team of the UMCG and with other communication personnel of the relevant organizations

What do we need

Qualification and experience:

  • Academic level of thinking and working, preferably a bachelor's or master's in Communication Sciences or a related field
  • Preferably 1-3 years of (international) work experience in a similar role
  • Affinity with IT and with a technical/scientific environment
  • Ability to understand technical concepts and translate them into more generally understandable language for stakeholders
  • Excellent oral and written command of the Dutch and English language


  • Result- and customer-oriented, proactive
  • Structured and organized, yet flexible. Able to prioritize well
  • Strong analytical and communication skills
  • Able to work independently as well as easily together with colleagues
  • Can handle deadlines and predefined frameworks well within a project environment

The UMCG has a preventive Hepatitis B policy. The UMCG can provide you with the vaccination, should it be required for your position.

In case of specific professions a ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ is required.

What do we offer

Your salary will be a maximum of € 3,604 gross per month (scale 8), depending on your qualifications and relevant experience, based on a full-time appointment. This concerns a position for a period of two years, with evaluation after one year, with the possibility of extension after two years.
In addition, the UMCG will offer you 8% holiday pay, an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
The conditions of employment comply with the Collective Labour Agreement for Medical Centres (CAO-UMC). English: http://www.nfu.nl/english/about-the-nfu/

More information
For more information about the position please contact:
Anna Salzano, program manager DASH, via email: Contact (please do not use for applying) or
Jan-Jurjen Uitterdijk, program manager Research IT Portfolio, phone: (050) 361 1879 (secretarial office: Johanneke Wijbenga).

Applying for a job

Please use the the digital application form at the bottom of this page - only these will be processed.
You can apply until 22 September 2019.
Within half an hour after sending the digital application form you will receive an email- confirmation with further information.

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