Högskolan Väst, Förvaltningen

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is University West’s overarching profile and basic principle applied to learning, the exchange of ideas, and educational development. The government has assigned the distinguished task of developing WIL to University West. Work integrated learning in education and research develops new, relevant and advanced knowledge both within the academy and among its partners, which also benefits society in general. University West offers a wide variety of study programs, has a good number of applicants and the students show a high entry rate on the labor market. The main research environments at University West are Production technology, Learning in and for the new working life and Child and youth studies and is conducted in collaboration with the surrounding society. Campus is centrally located in Trollhättan with about 13,000 students and 700 employees.

University West's administration supports departments, researchers and teachers in an accommodating, efficient and high-quality manner. To further develop the university's support regarding applications for external research funding, we are now looking for a senior research advisor to the university's Grants and Innovation Office (GIO), with a focus on EU applications.

The Grants and Innovation Office at University West works in close contact with the university's department managements, research groups, researchers and teachers. GIO supports various forms of externally funded activities and continuously develops our support regarding education and research assignments. GIO also works with support for project coordination of major externally funded projects.


Job Description

University West is in an exciting phase of development where applications for external funding for major international projects are an important part. Part of this development includes the formation of an international University together with eight other universities in Europe – STARS-EU. 

To support University West's continued work with international applications, we are now looking for a senior research advisor with a primary focus on EU funding.

As a Senior Research Advisor, your most important task will be to provide operational and strategic support to the University's researchers regarding applications for EU funding, with the aim that more applications lead to successful research projects. The support is thus primarily focused on EU applications, but will also include support for applications to national funders and mobility projects.


In the position as a research advisor, you will, among other things:

•    Monitor news and calls, primarily from the EU and other international research funders, to keep researchers updated on current calls.

•    Work with advanced advice in connection with research applications, mainly with a focus on the EU as a research funder and in particular the EU's framework programme – but also on national research funders.

•    Assist researchers in the planning and implementation of research applications, e.g. by providing support regarding the design of project plans, dimensioning of budgets and support to lead consortia for EU projects.

•    Initiate and conduct internal training, seminars and workshops in order to increase the quality of applications and thus the number of grants awarded.

•    Advise the University's management on issues related to international research funding and contribute to the development of strategies for increased external research funding from EU programmes.

•    To participate in joint development work in teams with other advisors and specialists at the Grants Office, i.e. to develop processes, working methods, and internal communication channels.

The support for EU applications within the framework of the position has a primary focus on research in technology and engineering sciences.

The work requires close collaboration with other support functions both within University West, but also with other organizations/financiers within and outside the higher education sector.



•    We are looking for someone with a PhD degree in science or engineering, and who has experience in writing, evaluating, leading and coordinating research and innovation projects in an international context. You have good knowledge of international research funding. It is advantageous to have an international network among researchers and industry.

•    You have experience in advisory tasks with a high level of service. As a research advisor, you enjoy working closely with the business and changing perspectives between the strategic and operational. You are communicative and find it easy to teach and inform about your area of knowledge in an interesting way. You have a very good ability to express yourself in English in both speech and writing.

•    Doctoral degree in natural or engineering fields.

•    Experience of applying for and participating in EU funded EU projects.

•    Previous experience of working as a research advisor with expertise in EU applications.

Since the work sometimes involves short deadlines, you have a very good ability to prioritize. As a research advisor, you will work independently as well as in a team. You therefore have good collaborative skills while working independently and being driven. The work requires a high degree of flexibility, the ability to collaborate and a good ability to adapt to changing conditions and routines.


Other Information

The position is a temporary position.

Applications should be submitted digitally through our recruitment tool Varbi. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the application is complete in accordance with the advertisement and that it reaches the university no later than the application deadline.

We kindly request no direct contact with staffing and recruitment agencies or recruitment advertisement sellers.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment Enligt överenskommelse
Salary Månadslön
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100%
City Trollhättan
County Västra Götalands län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2024/140
  • Peter Olofsson-Sahl, +46520-223305
Union representative
  • Bent Floberg, Saco-S, 0520-223932
  • Victoria Sjöstedt, OFR, 0721-600157
Published 01.Jul.2024
Last application date 31.Jul.2024 11:59 PM CEST
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