Business developer in the field of software technologies for next-generation ICT platforms

by Coen De Roover, Oct. 22, 2018

The Software Languages Lab (http://soft.vub.ac.be/) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (http://www.vub.ac.be) is hiring a business developer to
- help grow and sustain its portfolio of applied research projects in collaboration with industry (i.e., R&D projects).
- help grow and sustain its portfolio a portfolio of Contract Research with industry.

The Software Languages Lab of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is hiring a business developer to 

  • help grow and sustain its portfolio of applied research projects in collaboration with industry (i.e., R&D projects).
  • help grow and sustain its portfolio a portfolio of contract research with industry.

The Software Languages Lab (SOFT) is one of the largest research labs in Belgium in the domain of programming languages, programming technologies, and software engineering in general. The lab’s research has a strong focus on software for the “next-generation” ICT platforms (such as multi-core systems, cloud computing, rich internet applications, mobile apps, IoT, cyber-physical systems, etc). The lab counts 5 full-time professors, between 7 post-docs and 30 doctoral students with a civil engineering degree (or equivalent) in software engineering. The lab has a rich project portfolio that includes both completed and ongoing research projects. Until now, the bulk of these research projects has been either fundamental or so-called strategic in nature. Over the last 20 years, this has generated numerous conceptual insights, doctoral dissertations, expertise and technical software artefacts; a portfolio that needs to be taken to the next level: industrial applications. This will happen both (a) in the context of applied research projects that are executed jointly with industry (and partially subsidized), and (b) via contract research that is fully financed by industrial “clients”.

Your task will be to analyze and structure SOFT’s portfolio of results into a market-oriented vision and strategy the goal of which is the acquisition of  applied research projects defined jointly with industry, possibly partially financed by regional R&D funding agencies (e.g., VLAIO, Innoviris). You will actively manage and promote this portfolio with potential industrial partners, and try to define new applied research and contract research projects (including the financial aspect) while maintaining an active link with the ongoing research activities at the lab. You will actively build and manage a network of companies that are part of ongoing and potential future collaborations.

CONTEXT

This position is part of the IOF (= Industrieel onderzoeksfonds) programme which provides research groups with sufficient critical mass and potential for applications, the possibility to set up a sustainable research track in application-oriented research. For more information on the IOF programme, see: http://vubtechtransfer.be/for-companies/industrial-research-fund-iof-knowledge-centers/ 

PROFILE

We are looking for a candidate: 

  • with a PhD in computer science, and a keen interest in business development. Mastersin computer science with a proven track record of business development are also welcome to apply. 
  • or, conversely, with a PhD or master in a business-related field and a strong track record in software innovation and sufficient technical background to assess the contributions of our research.
  • with excellent English language skills. Knowledge of Dutch and/or French is an additional advantage.
  • ready to operate in a highly dynamic international team of young researchers.

The position is to be filled as soon as possible.

CONTACT INFO

[email protected]
Software Languages Lab
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Faculty of Sciences and Bio-Engineering Sciences
http://soft.vub.ac.be/