Project & Concept Developer - Waag

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Waag develops presentations and programs in the field of technology and art-science in relation to societal challenges. Since 1994 Waag has pioneered and contributed to the development and positioning of digital culture in Amsterdam and the Netherlands. By doing so, it achieved both a local, national and international position. Amongst others it was selected by the Ministry of Culture to be the Future lab Design and Technology in the cultural infrastructure of the Netherlands in the period ’21-’24. Waag places art and design in a context of dynamic, emergent systems, amongst others: new forms of creation and production, innovative solutions in education and healthcare, the digital society and urban material flows.


Waag’s mission is to mobilise citizens and technology by means of artistic and public research towards an open, fair and inclusive society.


Open, fair and inclusive. These are the values Waag stands for in its research agenda, its internal business operations and employment practices. Waag offers a working environment that is culturally diverse and encourages candidates with an LGBTQ+ and/or culturally diverse background to apply.


The Management Board, chaired by the General Director, is Waag’s highest decision-making body. Each Department is run by a Head of Programme who is a member of the Management Board.

Role Summary

  1. The Project and Concept Developer Make will contribute towards the development and funding of projects which are the result of the Make Research Agenda
  2. As a Project Developer, you will develop opportunities into plans, write proposals and communicate with partners
  3. As a Concept Developer, you will execute activities on selected projects, organise events and write about project outcomes
  4. Within the Make Department, you will contribute to the understandings of collaborative making practices and general Waag Research Agenda.


The primary focus of this role is project development.

As a Project Developer, you will:

  1. Develop and write project proposals based on the Research Agenda of Make (a.o. art-science, life science, critical making)
  2. Seek funding and strategic partnerships for the projects
  3. Maintain good relationships with partners and funders
  4. Create the conditions for the project team to enable them be successful in the execution of the project you created.

As a Concept Developer you will:

  1. Translate project plans into concepts, experiences and stories that match the objectives of Waag and involved stakeholders
  2. Setup, coordinate and execute co-creation workshops, art-science residencies, pilots, public events and research surveys
  3. Contribute to further development of collaborative art-science methodologies
  4. Write public texts about novel developments in art-science
  5. Write (formal) reports and project deliverables
  6. Collaborate with team members, external communities and stakeholders.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • Higher applied education or university education (HBO/WO)
  • At least three years of experience in creative or critical research practices
  • At least three years of funding experience
  • Excellent oral and written skills both in English and in Dutch
  • Strong communication skills.

Personal Attributes, Attitudes and Behaviors


  • Collaborative, creative and critical research and innovation practices
  • Merging societal, technological and environmental challenges.
  • Responsible, self-motivating and flexible
  • Business sense


  • Critical and analytical
  • Highly collaborative
  • Curious
  • Comfortable with high levels of ambiguity and complexity.


  • Models the values of the organisation in attitude and behaviour
  • Able to motivate colleagues, partners and stakeholders
  • Sets colleagues up for success
  • Team player
  • Collaborative
  • Communicative.

We offer

A challenging position with plenty of room for personal initiative and development in an informal organisation

An excellent and collegial working atmosphere in a close-knit team

The work locations are our two historic buildings the Pintohuis and the Waag, right in the centre of Amsterdam.

Salary indication € 3,000 - 3,800 per month, based on a 40-hour working week

Deadline for applications: August 30, 2020

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Publicatie datum:

21 Jul 2020


Stichting Waag Society


Naima Azough
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