Business Developer Movement Sciences & MedTech

With their scientific knowledge, researchers are increasingly at the basis of social innovations in the fields of Human Health & Life Science, Digitalisation and Globalisation, Governance for Society and Science for Sustainability. At the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam these profile themes are closely linked to our identity and refer to the social domains in which we work toward a better world through education, research and knowledge transfer.

At VU IXA-GO, the knowledge transfer office of VU Amsterdam, we support researchers to create impact with their research. Our team identifies opportunities, supports researchers to build a business case for a new start-up and introduces them to the right network. If an innovation requires it, we also offer support in IP protection and provide information on funding opportunities.

Within our team, which is based at the dynamic VU Campus, we are looking for a Business Developer in the field of Movement Sciences & MedTech.

FTE: 0.8 - 1

Job description

The Business Developer will be dedicated to business coming forth from the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences and in particular Amsterdam Movement Sciences (AMS), an innovative research institute. AMS is one of the research institutes of Amsterdam UMC and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and strives towards optimising physical performance in health and disease, and aims to utilize this expertise to improve human physical and mental wellbeing. 

As a Business Developer you will support researchers in bringing their ideas to the market, by  protecting and licensing IP,  by supporting and initiating a start-up or by facilitating contract research with public or private partners. The Business Developer is a linking pin between the researchers and the various PPP (Public Private Partners) that are established, and guides the researchers through the initial phase of bringing a product or IP to the market. The Business Developer will be the first point of contact for academic researchers as they aim to bring their research product to market and a liaison officer for the faculty and the central organisation.

Your duties
A sample of the some of the projects that are being worked on by researchers
  • Augmented reality to alleviate the freezing of gait in Parkinson research
  • Exoskeletons to restore and support the arm and leg function
  • Apps that are used to monitor the patient’s health prior to, and after an operation
  • Apps that advice on exercises to improve or restore function
  • Wearables that register the wearer’s data in real time
  • Thermometry; smart clothing that register body functions
  • Wearable technology to monitor various body functions


  • Have a Master/PhD preferably in Movement Sciences or Biomedical Engineering Sciences, and/or a MBA
  • Have an eye for promising research in the field of Movement Science/MedTech, among others, and the ambition to bring this research successfully to the market
  • Have proven experience with public-private partnerships, IP and licensing agreements
  • Are pro-active, entrepreneurial and you have a service mentality
  • Act as a natural connector between research and business
  • Get energy from facilitating and coaching start-ups
  • Have an excellent knowledge of Dutch and English in writing in speech and writing         

What are we offering?

IXA-GO offers you a challenging position within a professional and motivated team for an initial period of one year. An extension of your employment contract is possible subject to good performance. 

On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,974 (scale 11) and a maximum €6,181 (scale 12), depending on your education and experience. The job profile is based on the university ranking system (UFO) of Knowledge Valorisation Officer (2/3) and is open for at least 0,8 fte. 

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance. And most importantly, due to the very nature of your work, you are involved in many different smart innovations that help society move forwards, you will develop yourself at a phenomenal rate and strengthen your network.

About Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. We strive to be a university where personal development and commitment to society play a leading role. A university where people from different disciplines and backgrounds collaborate to achieve innovations and to generate new knowledge. Our teaching and research encompass the entire spectrum of academic endeavor – from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 30,000 students. We employ over 5,500 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible and located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

We are an inclusive university community. Diversity is one of our most important values. We believe that engaging in international activities and welcoming students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds enhances the quality of our education and research. We are always looking for people who can enrich our world with their own unique perspectives and experiences.

Institutional Affairs
The Administration Office provides strategic advice and integrated support to the Executive Board (CvB, idem) of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Moreover, we work closely with university faculties and the other VU service departments to implement the administrative agenda and to set institutional strategy. We are responsible for providing legal advice, setting the university’s research policy and for Public Affairs. We provide process-based support for policy and decision-making, and we are closely involved in a number of strategic dossiers. The Administration Office also promotes university-wide governance, control and compliance, and we are responsible for PhD defence ceremonies, professorial appointments and other academic functions.

Working at the Administration Office means being involved in the day-to-day management, strategy and policy of our university, together with an extensive network of internal and external stakeholders. We employ 66 individuals (59 FTE) in the departments of Policy and Administrative Support, Administrative and Legal Affairs, Secretarial Support, and Document Management and Archive.

About IXA-GO

At VU IXA-GO we support researchers at the VU in the process of acquiring external funding for their research, protecting and utilising the results of the research, up to the launch of a successful spin-off company. With our expertise, open mindedness, enterprising spirit and multidisciplinary approach, we work on developing sustainable solutions that impact society. Our growing team consists of Grants Officers, Business Developers, a M&C Manager and recently we have set up the Biotech Booster Project Office based at the VU Starthub.

VU IXA-GO is part of the Pan-Amsterdam collaboration IXA, which is the Knowledge Transfer Office of VU Amsterdam, Amsterdam UMC, the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam University of Applied Science (



Then we kindly invite you to apply for this position via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter by 4 October 2022. The job interviews are planned for the mid October, when possible please take that into account when applying for the position.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions

If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Bettina Zijlstra
Position: Head of department IXA-GO
Telephone: +31 20 59 89905

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Job area: Development & Innovation
Educational Level: Postdoc, MSc, LL.M
VU unit: Institutional Affairs
Contract type: Temporary with prospects of permanent employment
Maximum FTE: 1
Minimum salary scale: €3,974 (scale 11)
Maximum salary scale: €6,181 (scale 12)
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