VACANCY: INNOVATION OFFICER AT THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS IN SHANGHAI

Job description:
Holland Innovation Network China is a government network focused on Innovation, Technology and Science in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Its main tasks are to support and stimulate knowledge-intensive collaboration between the Netherlands and China. This is accomplished by facilitating and promoting Sino-Dutch innovation, technology and science networks, and by reporting to Dutch and Chinese stakeholders about new developments in the science and technology domain.

Duties and Activities:
The main task for the Innovation Officer is to identify opportunities for Dutch companies, universities, research institutes and government organisations for new R&D and innovation cooperation in China. A second and equally important duty is to inform stakeholders in the Netherlands about trends and developments in China in the area of innovation, technology development and science.

In order to achieve this, the Innovation Officer will undertake activities such as:

  • Create and maintain an active network with innovation-driven organisations in both China and the Netherlands
  • Organize in-depth seminars, networking events, visits of high-level government officials and experts.
  • Collect and analyse data and information on Innovation, Technology & Science developments in China and report on new trends for stakeholders in the Netherlands
  • Plan and organize incoming and outgoing missions and delegations
  • Contribute to the branding of the Netherlands as a high-tech country
  • Write reports, articles and analysis on topics pertaining to trends and developments in the field of innovation in China.

Holland Innovation Network covers many (high tech-) sectors; of special interest for this position are the Energy and Life Sciences & Health domains.

Job requirements:
Level of education:university master’s degree, preferably in engineering or natural sciences.

Level of experience: This position is also open to newly graduated candidates.

  • A proactive attitude (self-starting/ independent), strategic mindset and eagerness to learn about new industries and technologies.
  • Strong networking and analytical skills (capable of actively developing, maintaining and using a professional network);
  • Creative mindset, dares to question and disrupt;
  • Interest in Dutch innovation policy and research infrastructure. Knowledge of the Chinese government and research infrastructure is beneficial;
  • Good organizational and problem-solving skills;
  • Flexible and cooperative attitude (team player);
  • Sensitive to a policy and political environment;
  • Experience in scientific research is beneficial;
  • Languages: Fluency in Dutch and excellency in the English language is required. Chinese language skills are beneficial.

Working environment (Dutch diplomatic network):
The China network of the Kingdom of the Netherlands consists of the Embassy in Beijing and Consulates General in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Chongqing and Hong Kong.

The purpose of the Dutch diplomatic network of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in China is to manage diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China and representation of the Netherlands in order to strengthen the international position in the relevant policy areas through policy support and development, and to promote and support bilateral/multilateral cooperation.

Holland Innovation Network China is part of the diplomatic network of the Netherlands in China and belongs to a worldwide network of Dutch Innovation officers, which is managed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) and commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. For more information visit our website at: www.ianetwerk.nl (Dutch only).

The Innovation Officer works in an inter-city team with colleagues in Beijing and Guangzhou. Each office works relatively independently in its geographical region and reports to the Counsellor for Innovation, Technology & Science at the Dutch Embassy in Beijing. The Innovation Officer also cooperates with colleagues from other departments at the Dutch Consulate-General in Shanghai, in particular with his/her colleagues in the Consulate’s economic department and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency.

Most of the work of the Innovation Officer in Shanghai is carried out in the Yangtze river delta region, though occasionally business trips within China and to the Netherlands will be required.

Conditions of employment:

  • Dutch nationals: The “rechtspositieregeling lokaal indienstgenomen medewerkers 2005” (Rrlok 2005) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is applicable to this position. The salary scale for this function is 8 (ranging from RMB 25.281 to RMB 37.922 gross per month + social allowances of approx. RMB 10.000 nett per month). The level will be determined according to the relevant work experience of the candidate;
  • Chinese nationals: Employment conditions for Chinese nationals will be in accordance to the Chinese government’s Diplomatic Services Bureau regulations and pay grades (RMB 21.950 to RMB 32.925);
  • The vacancy concerns a full time (40 hours/week) position with a fixed term contract for the duration of one year, starting as soon as possible. After one year an evaluation will take place, upon mutual agreement the contract can be extended for a longer period.

More information:
If you would like more information regarding the content of this position, please contact us via china@hollandinnovation.cn.

If you would like to have more information about the local employment conditions, please contact Peter Verheijen (peter.verheijen@minbuza.nl).

Selection procedure:
Candidates are required to submit their motivation letter and resumé in English to Taake Manning, Innovation, Technology and Science Counsellor (china@hollandinnovation.cn). The deadline for submission is 28th July 2019.

Candidates whose letter and resume are considered to match the formal requirements will be invited for an interview.

If found suitable, internal candidates have priority over external candidates.

Dutch Universities and University Medical Centers Maintain Solid Position in Rankings. Chinese Universities keep moving up.

The QS World University Ranking 2020 has just been released. Big news for China, which achieved its third university among the top 25, Peking University, moving up from place 30 to 22. Tsinghua University is still the best ranked Chinese University, moving from spot 17 to 16. Only Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and National University of Singapore are still ahead of the Chinese universities in Asia.

Among the rising stars in Asia, Dutch universities are still maintaining their solid positions. The highest ranked Dutch university is the Technical University of Delft at position 50. There are no Dutch universities in the top 25. However, all together, the relatively small Dutch universities make an impressive impact. 12 of the Netherlands’ 13 research universities are in the QS ranking top 250. In the latest Times Higher Education Ranking, these 12 universities were even in the top 200, making the Netherlands the 4th country worldwide measured by number of universities in the top 200.

In subject specific rankings, Dutch universities often score better. For example, Wageningen University has consistently been number 1 in agriculture and food sciences in various rankings. Nature recently released a ranking of University Medical Centers in biomedical sciences, in which 7 out the 8 Dutch University Medical Centers are in the worldwide top 75. Highest ranked is Erasmus Medical Center, as number 30 in the Europe top 3.

The importance of biomedical sciences for the Dutch innovation ecosystem is growing, not in the last place because of the moving of the European Medicine Agency (EMA) to Amsterdam as a result of the Brexit.

VACANCY: INNOVATION OFFICER AT THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE KINGDOM NETHERLANDS IN GUANGZHOU

Job description:
Holland Innovation Network China is a government network focused on Innovation, Technology and Science in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Its main tasks are to support and stimulate knowledge-intensive collaboration between the Netherlands and China. This is accomplished by facilitating and promoting Sino-Dutch innovation, technology and science networks, and by reporting to Dutch and Chinese stakeholders about new developments in the science and technology domain.

Duties and Activities:
The main task for the Innovation Officer is to identify opportunities for Dutch companies, universities, research institutes and government organisations for new R&D and innovation cooperation in China.

In order to achieve this, the Innovation Officer will undertake activities such as:
• Create and maintain an active network with innovation-driven organisations in both China and the Netherlands
• Organize in-depth seminars, networking events, visits of high-level government officials and experts.
• Collect and analyse data and information on Innovation, Technology & Science developments in China and report on new trends for stakeholders in the Netherlands
• Plan and organize incoming and outgoing missions and delegations
• Contribute to the branding of the Netherlands as a high-tech country

Holland Innovation Network covers many (high tech-) sectors; of special interest for this position are the Life Science & Health, Chemistry and Advanced Materials domains.

Job requirements:
Level of education: university master’s degree, preferably in engineering or natural sciences.
Level of experience: 5-7 years of relevant work experience.

• A proactive attitude (self-starting/ independent), strategic mindset and eagerness to learn about new industries and technologies.
• Strong networking and analytical skills (capable of actively developing, maintaining and using a professional network);
• Experience in scientific research is beneficial;
• Interest in Dutch innovation policy and research infrastructure. Knowledge of the Chinese government and research infrastructure is beneficial;
• Good organizational and problem-solving skills;
• Flexible and cooperative attitude (team player);
• Experience in leading small project teams;
• Experience in business development or similar positions is desirable;
• Sensitive to a policy and political environment;
• Languages: Fluency in Dutch and excellency in the English language is required. Chinese language skills are beneficial.

Working environment (Dutch diplomatic network):
The China network of the Kingdom of the Netherlands consists of the Embassy in Beijing and Consulates General in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Chongqing and Hong Kong.

The purpose of the Dutch diplomatic network of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in China is to manage diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China and representation of the Netherlands in order to strengthen the international position in the relevant policy areas through policy support and development, and to promote and support bilateral/multilateral cooperation.

Holland Innovation Network China is part of the diplomatic network of the Netherlands in China and belongs to a worldwide network of Dutch Innovation officers, which is managed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) and commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. For more information visit our website at: www.ianetwerk.nl (Dutch only).

The Innovation Officer works in an inter-city team with colleagues in Beijing and Shanghai. Each office works relatively independent in its geographical region and reports to the Counsellor for Innovation, Technology & Science at the Dutch Embassy in Beijing. The Innovation Officer also cooperates with colleagues from other departments at the Dutch Consulate-General in Guangzhou, in specific with his/her colleagues in the Consulate’s economic department and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency.

Most of the work of the Innovation Officer in Guangzhou is carried out in the pearl river delta (PRD) region, though occasionally business trips within China and to the Netherlands will be required.

Conditions of employment:
• Dutch nationals: The “rechtspositieregeling lokaal indienstgenomen medewerkers 2005” (Rrlok 2005) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is applicable to this position. The salary scale for this function is 9 (ranging from RMB 31.194 to RMB 46.792 per month + social allowances of approx. RMB 10.000 nett per month). The level will be determined according to the relevant work experience of the candidate;
• Chinese nationals: Employment conditions for Chinese nationals will be in accordance to the Chinese government’s Diplomatic Services Bureau regulations and pay grades;
• The vacancy concerns a full time (40 hours/week) position with a fixed term contract for the duration of one year, starting as soon as possible. After one year an evaluation will take place, upon mutual agreement the contract can be extended for a longer period.

More information:
If you would like more information regarding the content of this position, please contact us via china@hollandinnovation.cn.

If you would like to have more information about the local employment conditions, please contact Jan-Anne van der Veer (JanAnne-vander.Veer@minbuza.nl / +86 (20) 3813 2215).

Selection procedure:
Candidates are required to submit their motivation letter and resumé in English to Taake Manning, Innovation, Technology and Science Counsellor (china@hollandinnovation.cn). The deadline for submission is 1 July 2019.

Candidates whose letter and resume are considered to match the formal requirements will be invited for a first interview. Should there be sufficient mutual interest, the candidates will be invited for a second interview.

If found suitable, internal candidates have priority over external candidates.

EVENT: Hydrogen developments in China

We cordially invite you to join us on Wednesday January 23 at the Dutch Embassy in Beijing to discuss hydrogen developments in China. After intensively researching China’s NEV Industry earlier in 2018, since September 2018 our team has been conducting in-depth research of the hydrogen sector and we would like to share the preliminary results.

China’s energy security is challenged by the increased need for energy and quick depletion of fossil fuels, while cities are struggling with unhealthy levels of pollution. Hydrogen can be produced from a variety of sources and help diversify China’s energy system as well as decarbonize its transport sector. In 2018 the development of Fuel cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) in China took off with several cities putting Fuel Cell Buses into operation.

Holland Innovation Network will discuss the current government policies and developments in the industry from hydrogen production to applications of fuel cells. We have invited Ms. Wang Wanyi from the United Nations Development Program (involved in the UNDP-MOST-GEF fuel cell bus demonstration project) and Mr. Yang Anping from China International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Conference & Exhibition.

Program

15:30 – 16:00 Registration – Coffee & Tea
16:00 – 16:30 Presentation by Holland Innovation Network
16:30 – 16:45 Comments by Ms. Wang Wanyi (UNDP) and Mr. Yang Anping (CHFCE)
16:45 – 17:00 Public discussion and Q&A
17:00 – 18:00 Drinks

Please RSVP to bv@hollandinnovation.cn 

Location: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Beijing, Liangmahe South Road No. 4, Chaoyang District, 100600 Beijing.

VACATURE: Stagiair(e) bij het Nederlandse Consulaat Generaal te Shanghai – Innovatie Attaché Netwerk

Stagiair(e) bij het Nederlandse Consulaat Generaal te Shanghai – Innovatie Attaché Netwerk

Het Nederlands Consulaat-Generaal te Shanghai (Innovatie Attaché Netwerk) is op zoek naar een stagiaire voor een periode van 5-6 maanden, beginnend in maart 2019.

Volg je een universitaire opleiding en ben je op zoek naar een stage waarmee je resultaten kunt bereiken? Zoek je een stage waarbij je tegelijkertijd je horizon én je netwerk kunt verbreden?

Achtergrond

Het Innovatie Attaché (IA) Netwerk (in het Engels; Holland Innovation Network) zet zich in voor de versterking van de Nederlandse concurrentiekracht op de langere termijn d.m.v. wetenschappelijke en technologische samenwerking. Het IA-netwerk in China vertegenwoordigt de innovatieve sectoren van Nederland en informeert Nederland over trends, ontwikkelingen en kansen in China. Er wordt veel samengewerkt met bedrijven, universiteiten, kennisinstituten en overheidsinstanties vanuit onze vestigingen in Beijing, Shanghai en Guangzhou.

Werkomgeving

Het Nederlands Consulaat-Generaal in Shanghai behartigt de belangen van Nederlanders en Nederlandse bedrijven/organisaties uit verschillende sectoren. Door de toegenomen relevantie van China in de mondiale kenniseconomie is wetenschap en technologie een belangrijk deel van de activiteiten van de ambassade en consulaten.

Stageomschrijving

Aan het begin van de stage vinden er activiteiten plaats op het gebied van photonics en semiconductors, waarbij de stagiaire kan helpen bij de praktische organisatie. Later is er meer tijd om bij de strategische voorbereidingen betrokken te zijn, zoals voor een bijeenkomst van het Holland Science Network in China in april, een netwerk van Nederlandse wetenschappers in China en Chinese wetenschappers met een achtergrond in Nederland; maar ook bij evenementen rondom solar PV (SNEC PV Power Expo 4-6 juni), en consumer electronics (CES Asia 26-28 juni).

Het is ook mogelijk om een deel van te tijd te gebruiken voor een eigen project dat relevant is voor het IA-netwerk. Denk hierbij aan het in kaart brengen van nieuwe trends en sectoren, of het opbouwen en matchen van een netwerk aan Chinese en Nederlandse zijde binnen een nieuwe sector. Zelf zijn wij bijvoorbeeld geïnteresseerd om activiteiten binnen de landbouw, voedsel en farmaceutische/medische hoek uit te breiden.

Daarnaast zal de stagiair zich part-time bezighouden met de dagelijkse werkzaamheden van het IA-netwerk, zoals evenementen organiseren of bijwonen, social media bijhouden en zichtbaarheid vergroten. 

Profiel van de stagiair(e) 

Van de stagiair(e) wordt flexibiliteit en improvisatietalent verwacht. Je dient na een korte introductieperiode in staat te zijn redelijk zelfstandig te functioneren. (Basis) Kennis van het Mandarijn wordt geprefereerd. Een technische achtergrond is een pre. Je bent je bewust van de openbare rol van een consulaat-generaal.

Verder:

  • Ben je de gehele duur van de stage beschikbaar.
  • Je bezit de Nederlandse nationaliteit.
  • Je volgt een universitaire opleiding bij een erkende onderwijsinstelling (nationaal of internationaal).
  • Je staat gedurende de gehele duur van de stage ingeschreven.
  • Technische kennis van (of op zijn minst affiniteit met) een sector waar samenwerking op innovatie met China belangrijk is wordt van je verwacht.

Wat bieden wij

Het Nederlands Consulaat-Generaal in Shanghai biedt een uitdagende, leerzame en veelzijdige stage, waarbij je snel eigen verantwoordelijkheden kunt verwachten en een groot netwerk op kunt bouwen.

Een van onze eerdere stagiairs: “Tijdens de stage kom je veel te weten over de nieuwste technologische ontwikkelingen, werk je met innovatieve bedrijven in de regio en bouw je unieke ervaring op met zakendoen in China”.

Voorwaarden en vergoedingen

Vind hier de Algemene voorwaarden en vergoedingen. Het betreft een voltijdaanstelling (40 uur per week) voor een periode van vijf tot zes maanden.

Meer weten en/of solliciteren

Stuur je CV en een motivatiebrief naar china@hollandinnovation.cn. Een aantal kandidaten zal worden uitgenodigd voor een Skypegesprek.

Meer informatie is te vinden op onze website: www.hollandinnovation.cn (voor de WeChat gebruikers, scan de QR-code hieronder).

De deadline van reageren is 12 December 2018.