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Innovation & Cluster Manager / Business Developer Offshore Energy PhD student - Belgium  

Ghent University (company)


Posted on : 15 April 2017

Project Description

  • In the first half of 2016, 114 new wind turbines were installed offshore (total power 511 MW).
  • Offshore energy (in particular wind, wave and tidal energy) is therefore a growth market with a considerable export potential for Flemish companies (potential growth with 1200 FTE / 600 mio euro yearly turnover by 2020). It is however also a challenging market, with particular characteristics. 
  • The offshore wind energy market is experiencing a consolidation wave, and is in demand of further reduction of the cost-of-energy; commercial tidal projects could be financed faster by means of better international standards and certification; for tidal energy a further standardization in the value chain is required. 
  • The Flemish and West-European companies in this sector indicate that a structured cluster operation aimed on collaboration in the field of innovation is indispensable.
  •  This has to be done mutually and together with foreign stakeholders, to utilize the economic potential of offshore energy to the utmost. 
  • The required collaborative innovation actions (elaborating integrated solutions, demonstration and pre-competitive research) in The Netherlands, France and the UK do not create themselves. 
  • By means of a cluster operation, resources (fi.for integrated information acquisition, exploring possible actions, internal representation in relevant for a) can be shared. 

  • Setting up R&D&Innovation actions from idea to start up: concept development, (small) business case validation, project proposal writing/coordination. 
  • Follow up the latest developments in technology, market, funding possibilities for innovation in offshore energy 
  • Managing opportunities related to innovation in the domain of offshore energy, and elaborating beneficial contacts with companies and other stakeholders of this sector.  

  • The offshore energy sector is a very fascinating, innovative and dynamic context wherein you will observe the newest developments from the front row and initiate them. 
  • You get the opportunity to interact with important parties within the sector, and to elaborate a solid network. 
  • You are actively involved in the setup of prestigious partnerships in Belgium and Europe. 
  • Flexible working hours and space for personal development. 
  • A full time contract for a fixed term of 3 years. 

Profile of the candidate 
  • You preferably have a master in engineering. Business/economic engineers can apply as well. 
  • You have a strong interest in innovation and the development of new products/services and in the market of renewable energy, particularly in marine energy. 
  • Your strong social and communicative skills (in English and preferably also in Dutch) allow you to elaborate beneficial contacts with various partners and stakeholders and an extended network 
  • You are focused on solutions and results 
  • Your multidisciplinary and generic technical background allows you to successfully set up actions by connecting question for knowledge and its answer. 
  • You are highly motivated, dedicated and have strong organizational and time management qualities. 
  • You are a team player that enjoys collaborating with various partners  
  • You are willing to occasionally make short trips abroad