VLIZ recruits: Marine project and data manager

VLIZ - Flanders Marine Institute

VLIZ - Flanders Marine Institute

Data Science
Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Join us and become part of the VLIZ Marine Data Centre

At the VLIZ Marine Data Centre (VMDC), we make high-quality data and information accessible to a wide range of marine sciences and stakeholders, while implementing a FAIR and Open data principle. We play a pivotal role in European data initiatives (EMODnet, LifeWatch, Blue-Cloud) and host marine databases of international importance (EurOBIS, WoRMS, MarineRegions).

VLIZ is hiring, for immediate employment, a project and data manager in the framework of Horizon Europe and other project involvements, focused on coordinating virtual research environments (Blue-Cloud2026, Aquarius). Within these projects, VMDC coordinates work on Virtual Labs and biological data management. The applicant will be part of the Geospatial data and products (GDP) team in the Data Centre.

Our offer

  • A contract of 1 year with possible extension, in a growing team in a vibrant and international environment at InnovOcean Campus
  • A competitive remuneration package based on the candidate's qualifications and experience according to the salary scales set forth by the Flemish Government on 01-01-2009
  • Additional benefits: holiday allowance, end of year allowance, meal vouchers, bicycle allowance, bicycle lease, free public transport between home and work
  • A good work-life balance includes: 33 days off (pro rata), flexible working hours within a 38-hour working week, and the possibility to work up to two days per week from home
  • Opportunities for personal development (training)

Your tasks

  • Coordinate input of European project partners as work package and task lead in European projects
  • Promote the projects through international initiatives and meetings
  • Support the data management of European projects towards open data publishing in established European marine data systems
  • Project management, reporting and communication in English
  • Participation in project meetings and follow-up on milestones and deliverables
For each function, VLIZ considers enthusiastic involvement, service minded, excellent professionalism and integrity as important characteristics.

Your profile

  • A master's degree (or PhD) in marine or related (biology, geography) sciences, applied sciences or similar
  • Knowledge of data management
  • Strong skills in coordination, organization, planning and managing of project tasks
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and in team
  • Willing to work in an international context
  • An intrinsic drive for open and reproducible science
  • Very good written and oral English communication skills

Following skills are considered an asset:

  • Knowledge of the European marine data landscape and platforms
  • Experience with virtual labs, reproducible science
  • Experience with exploitation plans and user uptake of data products
  • Knowledge of Python, R
  • Data management expertise
  • Training or teaching experience

About us

Over the last 25 years, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) has become a knowledge institution indispensable to marine research landscape. What started as an institute focusing on science support, has evolved into a national and international point of contact for marine research. VLIZ initiates and carries out multidisciplinary research and supports marine experts by providing research infrastructure, data, information and knowledge. VLIZ supports the blue economy and reaches out to a broad public. VLIZ further broadens its marine horizons and aims at becoming a world player in the field of marine and coastal research.

A stimulating working environment forms the base of our flourishing knowledge institute. The well-being of our employees comes first. VLIZ is looking for colleagues who, with their passion and knowledge, want to strengthen our growing institute and face the blue challenges of the future.

Additional information

For more information concerning this vacancy, please contact lennert.schepers@vliz.be

Does this vacancy appeal to you?

Send in your cover letter and CV no later than 30 June 2024:

  • by post: Flanders Marine Institute VLIZ, Jan Mees - General Director, InnovOcean Campus, Jacobsenstraat 1, 8400 Oostende, Belgium

  • by e-mail: jobs@vliz.be with subject "2024-015 Marine Project & Data Manager"

You can contact us by telephone on +32 (0)59 33 60 00.

VLIZ promotes equality and diversity in the workplace. You will be recruited based on competencies. Qualities of people are decisive, regardless of gender, religion, ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation or any disability.
Do you have a disability? Please attach a document to your application so that we can adapt our selection procedure where necessary. This information will be handled with discretion.


Based on the received cover letters and CVs, a select group of candidates will be invited for a job interview in the first week of July. You will be informed by email. The job interviews take place in the offices of VLIZ on 15 and 16 July 2024.