Research Funding Project Manager

Verein Deutscher Zementwerke e.V.

Research Funding Project Manager

Verein Deutscher Zementwerke e.V.

Duesseldorf, Germany

VDZ is an internationally renowned scientific institute which focuses on practical research and on providing an extensive service portfolio in the field of cement and concrete. We offer solutions for optimising the production process and provide answers to questions concerning environmental protection, the certification of building materials and management systems, and training. Our customers are manufacturers of cement and construction materials, and construction companies in Europe and increasingly worldwide. At the same time we are engaged in numerous research projects at both European and national level. We cooperate closely with ECRA, the European Cement Research Academy, and are supporting ECRA's planned construction of the first carbon capture industrial-scale cement kiln. We currently employ around 195 qualified staff members.

To strengthen our research activities we are looking for a Research Funding Project Manager (m/f) based at our institute in Duesseldorf and with frequent presence in Brussels.

Responsibilities/job description:

  • Follow EU and German research programmes and explore funding opportunities for various research activities along the value chain of cement and concrete;
  • In particular, coordinate and administrate ECRA’s carbon capture project with regard to potential funding through the European Innovation Fund;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with relevant funding organisations and cooperate on behalf of ECRA with SPIRE, the European PPP for sustainable process industries, and CEMBUREAU, the European Cement Association;
  • Assist the establishment of research consortia and manage cooperation within these consortia;
  • Initiate new research projects, supervise their application for funding and administrate technical and financial reporting.

Profile/skills and experience:

  • Profound knowledge of EU research funding schemes and procedures;
  • Proven track record in applying for EU research funding and administrating respective research projects and consortia;
  • Excellent communication skills and excellent command of written and spoken English and German;
  • Willingness to work within a multidisciplinary team of researchers and in international research consortia;
  • Willingness to relocate to Dusseldorf and travel to meetings of the research consortia and funding-related meetings;
  • Open-minded and highly motivated towards innovative and new developments in process industries.

We provide:

  • Excellent working conditions in an international environment with a great team spirit;
  • Attractive remuneration package and social benefits;
  • A long-term working perspective.

This position is permanent and full-time. If you feel this is the right role for you, please send your detailed application, including your salary expectation and earliest possible start date, by e-mail to

For further information please contact: Dr Martin Schneider, Tel. +49-(0)211-45 78-200

Tannenstraße 2 – 40476 Düsseldorf (Derendorf) – Tel. (0211) 45 78-1 –

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