Head of Department, Coastal Systems

Ref: 4366

Royal Nioz

Texel, the Netherlands

Role Managed by:

Annabelle McLaren-Thomson

Research Associate

t: +31 (0) 202 404 370

e: Annabelle.Thomson@perrettlaver.com

Primary Practice Group: Industry Research and Development

Salary & Benefits: competitive

Closing Date: 23/10/2019

Formal Interview Date: Monday 4th of November

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Head of Department of Coastal Systems

NIOZ seeks to appoint a new Head of Department for their Department of Coastal Systems. The Coastal Systems Department offers a unique research environment as it studies integral coastal ecosystems at exceptionally large spatiotemporal scales. This ecological expertise is complemented by the in-depth knowledge of the local and global physical properties and processes of coastal systems. The Department houses a core group of 20 researchers and research assistants, which are part of a larger group of approximately 60 staff members.


Job Description

The Head of Department is responsible for the general management of the Department and bears final responsibility for research and scientific production, which includes fundamental and frontier-applied multi- and transdisciplinary research projects. S/he lays the groundwork for the Department’s outreach and communication and ensures a good representation of the Department and NIOZ.

As an active member of the Institute’s management team, the Head of Department contributes actively to the development and implementation of NIOZ’s overall strategy. Within the Department, s/he, therefore, takes an active lead in optimally aligning activities to NIOZ-wide developments and collaborations.

The Head of Department’s spends approximately 40% of their time on general management and scientific supervision, 40% on scientific research and other related activities, and 20% on representative tasks.



The new Head of Department:

  • is a widely acknowledged and respected scientist with demonstrated research excellence in a relevant field;
  • has proven management experience and successes, and possesses an inclusive and dynamic leadership style;
  • generates involvement and collaboration in innovation in marine science and sees possibilities for creating synergies;
  • can formulate a clear vision on future developments in marine sciences on a national and international level;
  • is receptive; seeks consensus, and resolves issues conclusively where necessary and stands behind decisions taken;
  • good oral and written communication skills in English and a willingness to learn Dutch.
  • The new Head of Department has an enthusiastic leadership style focused on connecting individuals and collegiality. S/he is forward-thinking, goal setting and strong communicator.


Royal Netherlands institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)

NIOZ is the Dutch national oceanographic institute and has been conducting seagoing research for over 140 years. NIOZ performs independent, fundamental and frontier-applied (inter and trans)disciplinary research, addressing important scientific as well as societal issues towards a better understanding of the functioning of oceans and seas. In addition, NIOZ maintains seagoing equipment and vessels for the Dutch scientific community, acting as the country’s national marine research facilitator. NIOZ operates from two strategic locations in the Netherlands, on Texel and in Yerseke, and employs a permanent staff of 50 junior and senior marine scientists, on a total of approximately 180 permanent and 120 temporary employees.


Appointment Process

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the Selection Committee. Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions on +31 20 2404 370 or by emailing Annabelle.Thomson@perrettlaver.com.

Applications can be uploaded at https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/, quoting reference 4366. The closing date for applications is 9 am CET on Wednesday the 23rd of October 2019.

Applications will be considered by the Appointment Advisory Committee end of November, and selected candidates will be invited for formal interviews on Monday 4th November. An assessment is part of the application process.

Given the current composition of the Management Team, applications from female candidates are actively encouraged.


This vacancy has now expired, and is not accepting any new applications.

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