Business Developer - Artificial Intelligence

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 19 Sep 2021

Are you an experienced Business Developer in the field of software and digital innovations, and do you have an affinity with Artificial Intelligence (AI)?


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Are you an experienced Business Developer in the field of software and digital innovations, and do you have an affinity with Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Does the sound of working in a dynamic workingenvironment with top scientists, using your knowledge and experience to bring AI innovations to market appeal to you? Then we are looking for you for one of the positions as Business Developer AI for the new national TTT.AI programme .

What are you going to do

The goal of the TTT.AI consortium, and as such, that of the wanted business developers (four in total, spread across four cities) is use AI-related education and research to create start-ups and spin-offs in such a way that the research institutions can join forces and collaborate as much as possible.

You are the point of contact for researchers, start-up companies, funding partner Lumo Labs and other stakeholders. It is also your task to proactively scout within the research institutions and with external market parties. Together with researchers, you assess research results for commercial opportunities that could lead to spin-offs. You make sure that these spin-offs are realised and properly prepared for investors, in close collaboration with your fellow TTT.AI business developers.

You have a relevant network that you use to achieve concrete results. Your strong business development and collaboration skills enable you to persuade and negotiate effectively, and to maintain relationships. You can make the underlying value of knowledge clear like no-one else.

Job requirements

What do we require

  • University graduate in a discipline in which AI has played a growing role.
  • At least five years of relevant work experience in developing, commercializing and/or implementing software innovations, preferably AI, in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Affinity with setting up and supervising academic start-ups/spin-offs.
  • Affinity with drafting, assessing and making business cases ready for investments.
  • Industry expertise in Healthcare, Security, Smart Systems and/or Education is a plus, and experience within other disciplines, such as Energy or Gaming is also greatly appreciated. Ability to operate in multiple domains is a requirement.
  • Understanding of (service-oriented) business models and technical protection strategies around AI.
  • Affinity with intellectual property law - in the broadest sense - and licensing.
  • Knowledge of and experience with applying AI in public and private organizations is a plus.
  • Commercial, results and service-oriented attitude with respect for the research community and able to work both independently and in a team.
  • Excellent command of the English language.

Conditions of employment

Our offer

  • A temporary contract for three-five days per week, initially for a period of one year.
  • The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €4.538 to €5.826 (scale 12) gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week).
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities  is applicable.
  • Exposure to the latest developments in AI from scientific research and education.
  • A dynamic and diverse environment where you will increase the impact of research by bringing innovations to market through spin-offs.
  • A central position in the national AI landscape.
  • A work environment where you can build close relationships with the [KTO] team and with fellow business developers on the TTT.AI team.
  • Access to a challenging international world concerned with closing balanced business deals while respecting the risks and interests of various parties.

Information and application

About us

TTT.AI is the RVO-funded Thematic Technology Transfer (TTT) program in AI, in which ten research institutions and the Lumo Labs investment fund have joined forces with a large number of partners. The consortium’s ten research institutions are: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam UMC, Vrije Universiteit, Utrecht University, UMC Utrecht, Radboud University, Radboudumc, Eindhoven University of Technology and the National Research Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science. TTT.AI is primarily focused on the topics of Health Care, Security and Human-Centred AI.

The TTT.AI program is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the Ministry of Education Culture and Science.

You will work in the Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO) of one of the following research institutions: IXA/University of Amsterdam, Utrecht Holdings/ University of Utrecht, Radboud Innovation/ Radboud University or at The Gate as part of Eindhoven University of Technology.

The KTO focuses on valorisation by supporting and stimulating researchers to generate economic and social change with their research results. Academics and staff are supported in protecting their inventions and in that framework, grant licenses to external parties. We regularly set up new companies (spin-offs), often with external parties, from our research institution(s). We do all this with a team of business developers, IP specialists, investment managers and lawyers.


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The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 19 September 2021. You can apply online by using the link below. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.

Applicants should indicate their preference for a placement in Amsterdam, Nijmegen, Utrecht or Eindhoven when applying.

Applications in .pdf should include:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter, including preference for placement in Nijmegen, Eindhoven, Utrecht or Amsterdam and an example of a successful case with knowledge valorisation, with an explanation of the role of the applicant in the process.

Please upload the requested documents as 1 pdf file in the field marked CV in the application form.

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