Internship in the NTNU Brussels Office

Brussels, Belgium
19 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
29 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

An internship position is being established at the NTNU Brussels Office to strengthen the support of NTNU researchers and research groups seeking European funding. The position provides an excellent opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the EU research and innovation system. Experience shows that this is of high value for careers where internationalisation is a key ingredient. 

The main task of the Brussels Office is to assist and advise NTNU research groups in actively participating in European research through long-term positioning, systematic participation in the European research arena, building networks and partnerships, participating in relevant platforms and alliances, setting up consortia and developing proposals.

Main duties and responsibilities

The person holding the internship position will work closely with the head of the Brussels office. The small size of the office means that the intern will have to take on different tasks and responsibilities in the office, from the basic to the more advanced. 

Among the tasks will be to support NTNU researchers and groups in organizing meetings and events in Brussels, the management and updating of information and communication, monitoring relevant websites looking for opportunities and events of importance for NTNU in Brussels, monitoring one or more specific thematic areas, and participation in relevant events in Brussels to obtain important information and collaboration opportunities for NTNU and liaise with relevant EC officers. 

Qualification requirements

We are looking for a person with a strong interest for and/or experience from European research and innovation policy and programmes.

The person we are looking for must be fluent in English.

Desired qualifications 

Knowledge about the European funding instruments and policies, previous work experience from Brussels as well as an existing European or Brussels networks is an advantage, but not mandatory.

Personal characteristics 

The person we are looking for should have strong cooperation and communication skills and be able to work independently, pro-actively and in a goal-oriented way to contribute to the ambitious goals of NTNU in Horizon 2020.

The person should also have the ability to work closely with NTNU research groups as well as the local support services. 

Networking skills and the ability to set up and sustain contacts with European public and private actors involved in European research and innovation is important.

We offer

The following conditions will be offered to the selected candidate:

  • A monthly allowance in line with RCN rates, on top of salary level given from the Faculty. 18.000 NOK for employees travelling alone, 24 750 NOK for employees travelling with spouse or one child (two persons), and 33.000 NOK for employees travelling with spouse and children (three or more persons), gross.   
  • Forfeit amount of money to cover furniture renting costs (up to a maximum of 59.000 NOK) In the case of renting a furnished apartment this amount can be used to compensate the price difference in renting an empty apartment.
  • Reimbursement of 5 travels to Norway and back for the employee
  • For families with children: coverage of the costs difference between the SSB (Scandinavian School of Brussels) and the Norwegian Kindergarden/school

Terms and conditions

The offered position is reserved to NTNU employees with permanent contract only.

The duration of the internship is set to a minimum of one year which can be extended to a second one.

During the internship period, the internship position will administratively be placed in the Rector’s staff.

The person holding the internship position will work closely with and will report to the Head of the NTNU Brussels Office.

The person holding the internship position will be expected to travel to Trondheim on a regular basis.

Before applying for the internship position, an agreement with the applicant’s immediate NTNU supervisor will have to be reached regarding the internship. A letter from the supervisor stating a willingness to let the applicant take up the internship positions for 1 – 2 years should be attached to the application.

The entity at NTNU where the person offered the internship position is employed will be economically reimbursed for the position during the internship period.

General information

Further information about the internship can be obtained from Head of the Brussels Office Massimo Busuoli,, phone + 39 342 807 0497.

Submitted applications should include:

  • A CV in English
  • A cover letter explaining the applicant's motivation for answering this call and stating what contribution the applicant could make

Applications must be submitted through

Please refer to the application number 57/19 when applying.  

Interviews will be conducted during week 40 (ideally from 1 to 3 of October 2019) in Trondheim or via Skype for candidates not able to be there.

Application deadline: 29 September 2019

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Rector’s staff

The Rector’s staff contributes to a sharper and clearer strategic focus at NTNU. Staff members represent the areas of research, innovation, education, finance, property, and organization. The duties of the Rector’s staff include overarching strategy development as well as coordinating tasks horizontally and vertically in the organization. The staff also serve as advisers providing day-to-day support to the Rectorate. The Rector’s staff is a unit in the University Administration.

NTNU has high ambitions for international cooperation in general and specifically for participation in European research and innovation programmes. The goal is to double the university’s funding from Horizon 2020 as compared to Framework Programme 7.

NTNU has support services in place for research groups applying for European funding. All faculties have EU advisors and there are specialized personnel for financial matters, contracts and IPR, as well as strategy and policy. NTNU also has favourable incentives for groups that participate in European-funded research and innovation projects.

To add to the University’s support for research groups seeking European funding, in 2016 NTNU established a Brussels Office. The Office is permanently staffed by the Head of Office. In addition, NTNU employees are encouraged to spend periods at the NTNU Brussels Office using the guest office space.

The goal for NTNU is to involve research groups in a larger number of European research and innovation projects, especially in selected strategic areas where NTNU has a strong competence base and clear links to the EU research and policy agenda.

Deadline 29th September 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
omfang Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service NTNU Brussels Office