INCF (International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility) is an international organization launched in 2005, following a proposal from the Global Science Forum of the OECD to establish international coordination and collaborative informatics infrastructure for neuroscience. The INCF international network currently spans North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. INCF fosters the global digital interconnectivity of data, methods and people engaged in brain research to catalyze insights into brain function in health and disease. The Secretariat is located  at the Karolinska institutet, Stockholm.

We are looking for a highly organized, results-oriented and experienced co-Director with special responsibility for Development and Communications. The candidate needs to be self-motivated with excellent communication and diplomacy skills. Interpersonal skills are essential and we emphasize the person’s ability to interact with the staff, INCF boards and committees, and the community. The qualified candidate will be sufficiently entrepreneurial to identify, evaluate, and seize upon various ideas to move INCF forward in a changing global environment. The co-Director will report to the core leadership of INCF and work in close interaction with the elected Officers, Executive Committee, and Governing Councils to fulfil the organization’s mission, lead staff in the execution of these goals, while cultivating relationships with members and external partners. The co-Director must understand the needs of diverse and multidisciplinary audiences and possess a high‐level of cultural competences. The position requires ability to work flexibly and at unsociable hours. Candidates must be willing to travel approximately 20%. We offer a workplace within an international community in a dynamic environment at the cutting edge of science.

Area of responsibilities/duties

  • Define, implement, and monitor strategic goals for organizational development
  • Development of strategies for revenue streams and community outreach
  • Represent the organization in external initiatives                 
  • Networking and community outreach
  • Management of staff and budget for development and outreach activities
  • Managing HR and administrative issues for the secretariat

Required skills and experience

  • Swedish and English language fluency, written and spoken
  • PhD in life sciences (min. 10 years since graduation)
  • Knowledge of Swedish employment laws and regulations
  • Documented experience (min 5 years) from
    • ○ International nonprofit and membership organization management
    • ○ International nonprofit and membership organization governance, board relations and fundraising
    • ○ Managing complex collaborative international projects and cross-functional teams
    • ○ Developing and implementing communication strategies in scientific contexts
    • ○ Developing communication materials (virtual and print)
    • ○ Managing B2B outreach and development
    • ○ Organizing large-scale, international scientific conferences and events

The successful candidate should also have:

  • Knowledge about scientific research processes
  • Knowledge of current trends and issues facing the international scientific community
  • Knowledge of the scientific publishing process and landscape
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and exceptionally strong communication skills
  • A collaborative decision‐making style, with a commitment to supporting and improving organizational governance structures and roles
  • Strong critical thinking and reasoning skills
  • Business acumen and financial management experience
  • Understanding of open science practices

The co-Director shall be based in Stockholm, Sweden.

What do we offer?

Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Our vision is to pursue the development of knowledge about life and to promote better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct innovative medical research and provide the largest range of biomedical education in Sweden. Karolinska Institutet is a state university, which entitles employees to several benefits such as extended holiday and a generous occupational pension. Employees also have free access to our modern gym and receive reimbursements for medical care.


Applications should include

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Portfolio showcasing
  • Candidate’s academic and commercial neuroscience network
  • Successful B2B management
  • Communication campaigns
  • Number of scientific conferences arranged with participant statistics

Welcome to apply at the latest 28 February 2021.

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.  

Permanent position is initiated by a six months trial period.

Type of employment Permanent position
Contract type Full time
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100%
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number STÖD 2-850/2021
  • Sten Grillner,
Union representative
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO,
  • Magnus Anå, OFR,
  • Björn Meister, SACO,
Published 15.Feb.2021
Last application date 28.Feb.2021 11:59 PM CET

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