Deputy Director-General - Ref. 08.23.42

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Oct 2023 - 23:00 (Europe/Lisbon)

28 Aug 2023
Job Information


Human Resources
Research Field

Biological sciences
Environmental science
Researcher Profile

Leading Researcher (R4)

Application Deadline

15 Oct 2023 - 23:00 (Europe/Lisbon)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description


International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL


The Council of INL is seeking an experienced and dynamic Deputy Director-General to support the Director-General in the overall strategic orientation and

management of the Organisation.


INL  is the first and only Intergovernmental Organisation (IGO) in the world entirely focused on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, created with the aim to become a global centre of excellence in applied nanotechnology research and to attract some of the world’s best scientists and engineers. INL was established by a joint decision of the Governments of Portugal and Spain and has been operating since late 2010, following a starting total investment of 100 M€.


Job Reference: Ref.08.23.42

Appointment: INL Council

Duty Station: INL

Location: Braga, Portugal

Period of mandate: 4 years (renewable)


Open Date for Applications: August 25th , 2023

Closing Date for Applications: October 15th , 2023 (23h00 Lisbon time)

Expected date for communication of decision: December 2023


Job Duties for the role of the Deputy Director-General

The Deputy Director-General of INL is a senior-level position that provides support to the Director-General (DG) in the overall strategic orientation and management of the Organisation, providing leadership and supervision of activities and staff under the job holder’s responsibility, contributing to fulfil the strategic course of the INL 2030 Strategic Vision.

The ideal candidate will have a strong track record in research and development, as well as experience in managing and leading teams. The Deputy Director-General will play a key role in the DG’s efforts to step up INL’s international leadership on Nanoscience.

The main job duties and responsibilities will include to work closely with the DG, assuming responsibilities such as:

  • Support the DG in developing and executing INL’s strategic plan.
  • Monitor the evolution of INL’s goals and programmes according to the needs of the scientific community and broader society with respect to nanotechnologies.
  • Work with related departments and teams to ensure the efficient coordination and achievement of the organisation's goals and programmes.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in the nanotechnology research community, including government agencies, industry partners, and academic institutions.
  • Be responsible for the innovation activities by developing solutions, attracting interest, keeping in touch with industrial leaders, and articulating internally the activities to accomplish the quality standards and deliverables.
  • Implement and execute Council decisions and provide accurate information on INL’s activities and high-level scientific expertise to internal and external advisory bodies, research institutions and relevant industrial leaders.

Mandatory Qualifications


  • PhD in a relevant field of science.


Experience & Skills

  • 10+ years of experience in a Research and Technology Organisation (RTO).
  • 5+ years of experience in management and operation of a RTO, preferably in an international setting.
  • Research experience in at least two of the following broad research and technology areas: health, information and communication technologies, and energy.
  • Strong leadership skills, having the capacity to lead, inspire and motivate an organisation staffed with Researchers in a multicultural and international environment.
  • Proven capacity to innovate and lead changes in the management processes, with a particular focus on the challenges caused by new ways of working, from an organisational perspective.
  • Demonstrated strong network of industrial international contacts, with a proven ability to think strategically and creatively in order to develop a clear vision for the organization and to translate this vision into action plans.
  • Ability to function as back-up concerning the day-to-day internal administrative matters. 


Other Skills

  • Leadership style that is both inclusive (participatory) and directive.
  • Excellent ability to define and focus on priorities, ensure follow-up, evaluate progress and monitor implementation.
  • Accomplished interpersonal, decision-making and negotiation skills at high level.
  • Bespoke communication skills and ability to interact effectively and efficiently with internal and external stakeholders to build trusted relationships with them.
  • Fluent written and spoken English, other languages, in particular Spanish and or Portuguese, are an advantage.


What we offer

INL offers attractive conditions and benefits appropriate to an international research organisation, including:

  • Appointment of a mandate of 4 years, with possible renewal.
  • Diplomatic status, including tax benefits and other privileges.
  • Remuneration package comprising competitive economic conditions, allowances and benefits.
  • Financial and administrative support for relocation and installation, including family members.

How to Apply

The application is made online by clicking on the “Apply” button and must be made in English, by submitting the following PDF files in the respective sections:

  • Cover Letter with Curriculum Vitae, including the evidence of the required leadership skills and industry/innovation activities, together with a list of 20 key research publications. Applicants must upload these documents in “Add CV” section.
  • DDG INL Application Form duly completed. Applicants must download the Application form here  and upload it  in “Add Portfolio” section.

    Important note:  Applications must be submitted before the announced deadline. Incomplete applications including the failure to provide mandatory documents or providing inaccurate information will result in the application not being considered. More supporting documents may be required during the selection process. 


    How the Selection Process works

    The selection process will be carried out by an Evaluation Panel nominated by the INL Council, composed of well-reputed international and external experts in research and administration with an extensive knowledge of INL.

    A. Applications eligibility check

    This stage will be carried out based on the mandatory requirements and requested documents.

    B. Assessment

    This stage will evaluate the eligible applications based on their CV and other submitted documents. The best ranked candidates will be shortlisted for the interview stage(s).

    C. Interview(s)

    The interview(s) may be done online or onsite. Other further formalities may be required to support the application at this stage.

    D. Nomination

    The selected candidate will be nominated and formally offered the position, including the disclosure of the contractual conditions.


    Additional Information


    Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Principle

    INL follows a non-discrimination and equal access principle, wherefore no candidate can be privileged, benefited, impaired or deprived of any rights whatsoever, or be exempt of and duties based on any possible discriminatory issues.


    Data Protection

    Your personal data will be used for the purposes of managing recruitment and selection related activities. Consequently, your personal data may be used in relation to the evaluation and selection of applicants, including all stages of the recruitment and selection process.


    Confidentiality Treatment of the applications

    All applications will be treated as strictly confidential during the overall process. The submitted documents will be consulted only by authorised parties. Such parties will use all preserved information exclusively for purposes of this recruitment and selection process.


    Closing date Extension

    The advertisement deadline may be extended at any time without previous notice in order to improve the suitability and effectiveness of the recruitment process.

    Enquiries should be made to:


    Overview of INL


    Establishment of INL

    INL is founded under an international legal framework similar to that of other International Research organizations like CERN, EMBL or ESA and headquartered in Braga, a northern region of Portugal. INL is also the first research organization in Europe, with an international legal status, entirely focused on the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology. INL is currently supported by the contributions of the Governments of Portugal and Spain, as well as by its service activities and the obtention of competitive funds.

    The construction of the INL building started in May 2008 and was concluded at the end of 2010. The state-of-the-art facility (global investment over 100M€) extends over a total campus area of 47000 m2. The INL building was designed for a total staff of 400 people, including Principal Investigators (PIs), staff researchers, visitors, research fellows, PhD students, support engineers and administration support staff. It currently hosts approximately 400 persons.


    Mission & Purpose of INL

    INL aims to foster the use of nanotechnology to address the grand challenges of today, aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals as identified by the United Nations.  The Vision of INL is to be a recognised, leading, global, nanotechnology innovation hub.  In order to implement the INL 2030 Strategic Vision and the global Mission of “Exploring Interfaces”, the scientific driving forces are clustered into six main areas based on identified societal challenges, in order to support an ecosystem of research, technology, and innovation of interdisciplinary nanotechnology applications.  These Research, Technology, and Innovation (RTI) Clusters are: Precise Personalised HealthTech, Foodture, Clean Energy, Sustainable Environment, SDNS – Smart Digital NanoSystems, and AMC – Advanced Materials and Computing.


    INL was created with aim of boosting Nanotechnology research and its impact in society, at a regional, Iberian and an international level, starting by putting together a world class research infrastructure, attracting top principal investigators (PIs), creating new know-how and intellectual property, collaborating with existing companies as well as stimulating the creation of new spin-off start-ups. INL was conceived to assure world-class research excellence in all of its activity areas and to: 

    • Develop partnerships with the industry and foster the transfer of knowledge into economic value and jobs.
    • Train researchers and contribute to the development of a skilled workforce for the nanotechnology industry, through the implementation of joint training program with universities and RTD centres.
    • Attract international companies to the region.
    • Boost the regional technology transfer system for local industry.



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    International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory

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    Av. Mestre José Veiga, S/N
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