Vacancy: Science Technology & Innovation Advisor Taiwan

The Netherlands Trade & Investment Office in Taipei (Taiwan) is looking for a Science Technology & Innovation Advisor Taiwan (full time, 40 hours per week). Deadline for applications is 1st of March 2019. 

The Netherlands has a strong focus on Science & Technology and ranks high in the global competitiveness index. To ensure its global position as an innovation leader and to strengthen its global competitiveness, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy established a global Holland Innovation Network (HIN) with offices in 15 leading knowledge economies world-wide. The main role of HIN is to act as a liaison for international Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) collaboration, ST&I matchmaking, supporting ST&I related (strategic) acquisitions, trend watching, monitoring and reporting on policy and ST&I developments. The Netherlands Trade & Investment Office, the Dutch Representation in Taiwan seeks for a Science, Technology & Innovation Advisor to lead its Department for Science, Technology & Innovation.

Job description

As Science, Technology & Innovation Advisor you will be heading the Department for Science, Technology & Innovation at the Netherlands Trade & Investment Office in Taiwan.

In your role you will be:

  • Responsible for and leading the Science, Technology & Innovation Department in the daily operation (2Fte)
  • Responsible for maintaining and expanding the ST&I relationships between Taiwan and The Netherlands
  • Providing and executing a yearly strategic ST&I plan
  • Reporting back to the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy, the HIN home base and relevant stake holders in the relevant Ministries
  • Identifying and assessing potential partners and areas for ST&I collaboration both in Taiwan and The Netherlands
  • Responding to enquiries of both Dutch and Taiwanese parties with regards to the Science,  Technology & Innovation developments & trends and policies
  • Networking in both the Dutch and Taiwanese industry, government and research communities
  • Preparing sector reports on relevant ST&I domains in Taiwan
  • Reporting on policy developments in Taiwan related to ST&I and relevant economic sectors
  • Reporting on relevant developments in the field of ST&I in Taiwan
  • Supporting and organizing programs for incoming Dutch delegations (Government, Industry, Universities and Research Institutes)
  • Supporting in organizing events in Taiwan related to ST&I
  • Mandated and responsible for the ST&I Department budget

Required Skills and Expertise

  • 5 – 7 years of relevant work experience in an international ST&I environment is required; preferable in high-tech, energy, life-sciences or the water sector
  • Academic degree (Msc/Phd), preferable in a technical domain
  • Fluent in Dutch (reading, writing and verbal)
  • Fluent in English (reading, writing and verbal)
  • Knowledge of Taiwanese culture and of Mandarin is an asset
  • Skilled communicator and presenter (writing and oral)
  • An evident interest in Innovation, technology and R&D
  • A relevant network in the industry and research community in the Netherlands  
  • An understanding of the Dutch government structure, understanding of the political-administrative context and in possession of a relevant network
  • An understanding of the Dutch Innovation and S&T policies
  • A general understanding of Research & Development programs and projects
  • A general understanding of Science, Technology and Innovation policy and government structures
  • A general understanding of the research community
  • Being familiar with relevant ST&I sector(s) in Taiwan is an asset.
  • Pro-active, service oriented, flexible and being able to deal with both Taiwanese and Dutch clients
  • Candidate should be able to manage a team
  • Candidate should be comfortable to work and communicate with people of all levels of seniority (Taiwan & Netherlands)

We offer

We offer a local contract for a maximum of 2 years and a competitive salary in a dynamic and international environment with good secondary conditions.

At the NTIO you will be working in a multi-disciplinary and dynamic environment where you have to collaborate with the different disciplines present in the NTIO: trade, agri-culture, general affairs and investment.


For enquiries please contact:

Juri Roerink, Manager Holland Innovation Network, The Hague, The Netherlands via or +31 611377007.