Closed: Job opportunity for Research (student) Assistant to work on TIP in Swedish Innovation Agency, Vinnova


Job Opportunity for Research (student) Assistant / Internship / subcontracting in a socio-technical policy experiment


The Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges is seeking to appoint a research (student) assistant, intern or research assistant to work on project between the Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) project with the Swedish Innovation Agency, Vinnova.

In December 2019 Vinnova and TIPC started a joint journey through an Experimental Policy Engagement (EPE), which will continue until 31 March 2022, to explore the rationale, practice and feasibility of TIPC’s formative evaluation methodology for VINNOVA. The project has been devoted to defining the area and specific strategies to develop and test a the TIPC formative evaluation methodology in the food area system towards sustainable practice. The project is currently entering its last stage, during which we will focus on analysing the Vinnova food area data collection as a basis for the monitoring, evaluation and learning plan developed so far, and developing resources for intra-organisational learning. More information about the project is here.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Support data collection and analysis related to the Swedish food socio-technical system (main task). This
  • includes systematisation, data storage, managing the project’s database, and preparing written reports
  • and summaries.
  • Coordinate within and across teams to organise meetings and workshops (if required), and report on
  • these events.
  • Contribute to the development of learning materials, identifying key lessons and competences acquired
  • through the process. Contribute to testing and gathering feedback on these learning materials, through
  • focus groups, surveys, or other.
  • Prepare material for non-academic audiences (visualisations, infographics, blogs, policy briefs, etc.).
  • As part of career development, contribute to the preparation of academic articles.


1. BA- or MA- degree in a relevant field and experience with topics such as sustainability transitions, science,

technology and innovation policy, etc.

2. Preferably some experience in analysing and structuring qualitative data (such as interviews, documents,

visual materials) , and using / analysing participatory methods. Ability to exercise a degree of innovation

and creative problem-solving.

3. Good presentation skills and the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

4. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

5. Excellent organisational and administrative skills, the ability to prioritise and meet deadlines.

6. Good proficiency in writing and communicating in English, knowledge of Swedish would be an added

advantage (passive, preferably active too).

7. Excellent IT skills.


Different employment constructions are possible, including an appointment at Utrecht University for ca. 0,4 FTE for the period 1/9/21 to 31/3/22, or ca. 0,7 fte for the period 1/9/21 to 31/12/21, depending on availability. An internship or subcontracting the work (budget € 12,000 including VAT) can also be discussed.

More information and application

Informal enquiries may be made with Dr Diana Velasco (dcvelmal@ingenio.upv.es) and Susanne Keesman MA (s.j.keesman@uu.nl).

To apply, please send a short CV (2 page max), as well as a cover letter outlining your experience in relation to the role’s key tasks and showing how you meet the selection criteria. Please include a short writing sample (1 page max, e.g. a page from your graduate/undergraduate thesis), to s.j.keesman@uu.nl no later than 23 July 2021.