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Head, Scholarly Communications and Publishing
Delft, The Netherlands
a minimum of €4.814,- and a maximum of €6.181,-
32-40 hours per week

Take the lead in shaping the way scientific research and knowledge is shared. That’s your challenge as Head of Scholarly Communications and Publishing, managing a committed team of library experts.

Job description

TU Delft Library finds, shares and creates knowledge. Our work is no longer solely about building a library collection of books and journals, but just as much about sharing the university’s output with the wider world. You and your team make that happen. You provide the research community with expert support and advice on the publishing process. You  evaluate the impact of research. And you provide the staff and students with the best possible library collection. To inspire your team you will devise strategies and coach your team members, encouraging their development. Creating a strategic vision for the entire scope of publishing and collections management, you will cultivate the policies and tactics needed to implement this direction.

As part of your role, you will be directing TU Delft OPEN Publishing (working closely with the senior publication officer) and engaging with our faculties to encourage scientists to publish with us. In addition, you ensure the high quality of your team’s advice on publishing strategies and policies. Together, you will drive the open access agenda. Using in-depth research analytics, you will also identify patterns and trends in publication, providing the faculties with valuable insights into the impact and success of their research. And in collaboration with the collections manager, you will oversee the development of our library’s collection.

Your diverse and international team has nine members, who share a drive to redefine scientific publishing and knowledge sharing at national and international level. Which is why you and your team will actively contribute to the TU Delft Open Science Programme but also relevant conferences and workshops. As part of the Research Services department, you will also be working closely with other team heads across the library (such as for research data, and for research infrastructures) and stakeholders across the university. At TU Delft Library, we foster a highly professional, yet relaxed and supportive atmosphere, in which you will get every opportunity to grow your role and evolve.


  • You have a good understanding of scholarly publishing and communications, as well as the research process.
  • You have experience of managing teams, understanding group dynamics and supporting the development of individual team members. As you focus on the bigger picture, you will be harnessing their expertise to realise your vision.
  • Your excellent communication skills help you work and engage with, and understand multiple stakeholders, whether at a technical, research or managerial level.
  • You can understand organisational structures in institutions such as libraries and universities, and the related decision-making processes.
  • You have good budgeting skills and can create and monitor the annual budgeting for the activities of the team, particulalry in regard to management of the scientific collection.
  • You have an excellent command of spoken and written English, and you are willing to learn Dutch to level B2 listening skills.

Conditions of employment

  • Duration of contract is permanent.
  • A job of 32-40 hours per week.
  • A salary based on scale 12 of the CAO for Dutch Universities with a minimum of €4.814,- and a maximum of €6.181,- gross per month based on a fulltime contract (38 hours), plus 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%.
  • An excellent pension scheme via the ABP.
  • The possibility to compile an individual employment package every year.
  • Discount with health insurers.
  • Flexible working week.
  • Every year, 232 leave hours (at 38 hours). You can also sell or buy additional leave hours via the individual choice budget.
  • Plenty of opportunities for education, training and courses.
  • Partially paid parental leave
  • Attention for working healthy and energetically with the vitality program.

TU Delft (Delft University of Technology)

Delft University of Technology is built on strong foundations. As creators of the world-famous Dutch waterworks and pioneers in biotech, TU Delft is a top international university combining science, engineering and design. It delivers world class results in education, research and innovation to address challenges in the areas of energy, climate, mobility, health and digital society. For generations, our engineers have proven to be entrepreneurial problem-solvers, both in business and in a social context.

At TU Delft we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the TU Delft community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale. That is why we invite you to apply. Your application will receive fair consideration.

Challenge. Change. Impact!

University Corporate Office – TU Delft Library

TU Delft Library is the largest technical-scientific library in the Netherlands, a physical and virtual meeting place. The Library helps to find valuable knowledge needed for education and research, and to publish and store the knowledge generated at TU Delft. We believe it is important that knowledge is easily accessible and freely available to everyone. In this way, knowledge can flow freely and TU Delft’s knowledge can become valuable to others. The Library is also a place where everyone can study in peace and quiet. This fits in with our inclusive organisation. The Library has chosen three strategic themes to guide its daily activities. 1) Open Science. We make an important contribution to TU Delft’s broad strategic programme “Open Science – Research and Education in the Open Era”. 2) Visibility and impact. With our expertise and tools in the field of research data management, research intelligence and publishing, we increase the findability, visibility and impact of TU Delft knowledge. 3) Inspiring learning and working environment. Through stimulating programming, we show how freely available and reliable knowledge makes life richer. This makes the Library a place where you can find new ideas and insights. 

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Alastair Dunning,

Application procedure

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply before June 19th, 2023 via the application button and upload your motivation and CV.

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.
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