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Vacancy: NIAS Institute Manager

NIAS is seeking an Institute Manager for a max. hours of 30.4 per week. Candidates may submit their CV and letter of motivation until 30 September 2022.

About NIAS

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) is located in Amsterdam and is one of the institutes of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). NIAS offers fellowships to Dutch and International researchers, artists, writers and journalists. Our mission is to provide them with a physical and intellectual space to carry out advanced research in the humanities, social sciences and the arts: a safe-haven for curiosity-driven research and slow science. NIAS is committed to supporting independent research and knowledge exchange in a setting that is both collaborative and multi-disciplinary – breaking down cross-discipline barriers. It supports engaged scholarship and contributes to current debates by organizing public events for a broad audience.


NIAS Institute Manager (0.8 fte)

The Institute Manager fulfills a pivotal role at NIAS interacting with the NIAS staff, NIAS fellows and partners. They are responsible for coordinating the three main work processes at NIAS i.e.: Programming & Profiling, Acquisition & Selection, and Facilities & Continuity, and they work closely together with a team of experienced and dedicated staff members, including an executive secretary, a management assistant, and the NIAS director, as well as with the Shared Service Centre of the KNAW Humanities Cluster. The Institute Manager is responsible for the daily affairs at the institute and for an effective cooperation with the Shared Service Centre staff. They are member of the NIAS Management Team (MT), and report directly to the Director of NIAS.



We are looking for someone with a hands-on approach, who is ambitious as well as empathetic, considerate and respectful to others. You are culturally sensitive and can act diplomatically in a variety of circumstances. You are able to reflect on your own performance in a complex environment, and to attend to people regardless of their positions.


In addition, you:

  • Have an understanding of the societal and cultural roles of academic research as well as of developments in the wider academic environment;
  • Are fluent in Dutch and English;
  • Are able to contribute to policy-making at the Institute;
  • Are enterprising and can take initiative;
  • Have relevant work experience and as well as coaching and leadership skills;
  • Have experience in managing a department staff;
  • Have experience in optimizing work processes;
  • Have a relevant academic degree (an MA in the social sciences or humanities).


The initial appointment of the Institute Manager is for one year. After 10 months, an evaluation will take place and, if positive, the position may become tenured.

Conditions of Employment

The appointment will be for 0.8 fte. The position will be at grade 11 – 12(CAO Dutch University pay grades) depending on the level of relevant experience and will attract a salary ranging between € 3.974 and € 6.181 (minimum and maximum gross salary for full-time 38 hrs.). The KNAW offers an attractive package of staff benefits including; a good work pension; 8.3% annual bonus, 8.0% holiday bonus; 6-weeks paid annual leave and the option to buy or sell holiday days.

The KNAW offers its personnel work training aimed at developing skills and talent. Flexible hours and working from home can be negotiated.


For further information about this position, please contact Professor dr. Jan Willem Duyvendak, Director of NIAS janwillem.duyvendak@nias.knaw.nl

We strive to mirror societal diversity among staff members with respect to age, gender and cultural background. Therefore, we encourage applications that will broaden diversity at KNAW institutes.


How to apply

Please apply here (button on right “solliciteer nu”).

Acquisition in relation to this vacancy is not appreciated.