Vacancy: Innovation Officer at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Beijing, P.R. China, Holland Innovation Network China

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.
  • Independently collect and analyse data and information on Innovation, Technology & Science developments in China and report on these to the various stakeholders in the Netherlands in a way that answers to the stakeholders’ needs
  • Independently 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, Energy domains, as well as university collaboration.

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 and independently developing, maintaining and using a professional network);
  • Experience in scientific research is beneficial;
  • Interest in Dutch innovation policy and research infrastructure. Knowledge of the Dutch and Chinese government or 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;
  • Highly sensitive to a policy and political environment;
  • Languages: Fluency in Dutch and excellency in the English language is required. Chinese language skills are very 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 ( and commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. For more information visit our website at: (Dutch only).

The Innovation Officer works in an inter-city team with colleagues in Guangzhou 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 Embassy in Beijing, especially with his/her colleagues in the economic department and political department.

Most of the work of the Innovation Officer in Beijing is carried out in the Jing-Jin-Ji region (Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei), though occasionally business trips within China and to the Netherlands will be required.

Conditions of employment:

  • This position is only open for Dutch nationals.
  • 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). The level will be determined according to the relevant work experience of the candidate;
  • The vacancy concerns a full time (38 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

If you would like to have more information about the local employment conditions, please contact Eugène Brat (, +86 10 6532 0240).

Selection procedure:

Candidates are required to submit their motivation letter and resumé in English to Taake Manning, Innovation, Technology and Science Counsellor ( The deadline for submission is 17th January 2020.

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.

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.


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

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

Chinese prime minister meets ARC CBBC scientists in the Netherlands

On October 15th and 16th the Chinese prime minister Li Keqiang and his delegation were hosted by Mark Rutte, prime minister of the Netherlands in The Hague to discuss the cooperation between the two countries. Among those attending this meeting were Prof. Ben Feringa and Prof. Bert Weckhuysen. The presence of both board members of the Advanced Research Center for sustainable chemistry and energy ARC CBBC illustrates both countries’ intention to cooperate on innovation in the field of sustainable chemistry and energy.

Dutch chemists in China

Prof. Ben Feringa (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2016) is already running a joint lab at the East China University of Science and Technology for research on organic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis. In 2018, Prof. Bert Weckhuysen brought ARC CBBC to China as part of a mission to identify scientific institutes ARC CBBC could collaborate with. Both scientists will be part of the Dutch delegation to China in January 2019, visiting Chinese research institutes and the Ministry of Science and Technology.


The Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC CBBC) is a public-private research center in the Netherlands. Within ARC CBBC, there is intensive cooperation between the academics, government and the chemical industry to find solutions for worldwide challenges on energy and chemical feedstock.

Photo: ANP

Shanghai bootcamp for Dutch Startups recap

At the Holland Innovation Network part of our work is to explore opportunities for Dutch innovation and tech driven companies abroad. As mentioned in a previous article from our officer Bart van Hezewijk, there are many opportunities for foreign startups and scale-ups in China. To help Dutch startups enter China we organized the first Shanghai bootcamp […]