EU Business Developer - IFE Digital Systems (IFE-DS)

We are seeking an EU Business Developer to join us in IFE Digital Systems

Do you want to contribute to the acceleration of the green shift and the digital transition of our society? Do you have a network in the European Union and Digital Europe, that can promote our leading reserchers in IFE, to contribute and ensure the most secure and digital future, for the best of our society?

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We research for a better future in fields such as:

  • artificial intelligence, data science, cyber security, virtual and augmented reality and spatial computing; robotics and cyber-physical systems, interaction with complex data and advanced modelling; modelling and simulation of physical systems and digital twins; IoT and edge computing, digital sovereignty and autonomy
  • human-centred digitalisation and artificial intelligence, humans and automation collaboration, interaction design, risk management, human reliability, organisational and cognitive psychology

We apply these fields in our four main business areas: energy, resilient cities, transport and nuclear safety.

The strategic focus areas that form the basis of our strategic goals in the period 2023 to 2026 are:

  • Cyber resilient organisations and societies
  • Intelligent and autonomous transport systems
  • Human and organisational factors and safety in control centres
  • Digital sovereignty and autonomy
  • Extended Reality technologies
  • Nuclear power safety as part of the green energy mix
  • Innovation in decommissioning

IFE conducts many research projects funded by the EU. We aim to significantly expand our EU project portfolio in the years ahead. We prepare and submit call responses to Horizon Europe, Digital Europe and Euratom and actively participate in networks in Norway and Brussels.

Main tasks and responsibilities

The EU Business Developer is organised in the Digital Systems Division and reports to the Head of the Business Development department. This position will work closely with IFE-DS management , research divisions, and other IFE support functions within the EU.

Your primary responsibilities will be to initiate, coordinate and supervise proposal writing, including developing high-impact consortiums and providing internal support to EU projects and applications while maintaining an overview of the research sectors' EU-related activities and focus. You will develop an overall EU strategy for IFE-DS and its various research areas and match EU calls and programmes with IFE-DS’ capabilities and resources. These tasks require a full overview of the content of the EU's strategic plans and their changes.

We expect you to see the connection between the EU's expected impacts and IFE-DS's project proposals and project portfolio. Also, you will contribute to and administrate the IFEs/DSs repository of templates, reusable text components, FAQs, and spreadsheets related to proposal writing.

You will represent IFE at EU-related forums and reference groups such as the Research Council of Norway, FFA, SPIRE and EERA AISBL, and keep up to speed with Research Council courses, meetings, instruments, tools and consultancy services.

You will be responsible for skills transfer within IFE-DS, using digital systems and workshops. You will assist in the preparation of IFE's consultancy input on Norwegian research and innovation policy to government ministries, the Research Council, Innovation Norway and similar agencies.

Professional and personal qualifications
You have research experience with EU-funded projects and, most importantly, in the preparation, leadership and supervision of project proposals. You cultivate a diverse professional network within government agencies such as the Research Council of Norway and Innovation Norway, as well as contacts within the EU, the industrial sector and research institutes. You have excellent collaboration skills and are effective and experienced in building networks, consortiums and relationships. You are dedicated, structured and focused on high-quality results. You are flexible and versatile and welcome the opportunity to take initiative. You can work independently and collaboratively on a wide diversity of projects within various research areas.


  • In the natural/applied sciences, preferably related to digitalisation
  • A PhD or master’s degree equivalent in a relevant field(s)

You are highly proficient in oral and written English. It will also be advantageous if you are skilled in oral and written Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish.

Our offer to you
IFE offers exciting and challenging work in an expanding interdisciplinary and international setting, with contacts within a broad network of academic and industrial partners. The position will have an active role in the work to solve society's challenges. You will work closely with creative, highly skilled and experienced colleagues in a stimulating work environment that promotes our employees’ health and safety. IFE offers a competitive salary with a good pension plan. We view diversity and complementarity as a strength in our work. We, therefore, encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion and ethnic background. IFE is subject to the Norwegian National Security Act, and you must pass a background check to obtain security clearance and authorisation.

Please contact our recruitment advisor in Headvisor Kristin Haugen, mobile +47 971 55 441
You can also contact our Head of Business Development for research sector Digital Systems, Petter Kvalvik, mobile +47 905 85 746

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