December 20, 2019

Open Position - Project Manager (Focus: Priority Setting)

The Ludwig Boltzmann Society (LBG) is a research organization with a thematic focus on medicine, the life sciences as well as the humanities, social sciences and cultural sciences, which specifically initiates new research topics in Austria. The LBG currently operates 19 Ludwig Boltzmann Institutes and clusters together with academic and applied partners, develops and tests new forms of cooperation between science and non-scientific actors such as companies, the public sector and civil society. Socially relevant challenges that research can contribute to overcoming are to be identified and addressed at an early stage. The LBG employs over 550 people. 

The LBG Open Innovation in Science Center 
The LBG OIS Center was founded in 2016 as a leading international center for the research of Open Innovation methods and their application in science. The LBG OIS Center develops concrete offers and supports scientists from various disciplines in applying OIS methods and principles. 

We are looking for an enthusiastic project manager for the priority setting program to develop and support interdisciplinary priority setting projects. In research, priority setting projects serve to initiate a dialogue between society and researchers from the beginning of the research process or as iterative loop within ongoing research projects. The aim of our program is to jointly develop new questions and/or challenges, to steer research projects towards the needs of patients and the public in order to increase societal impact. The main focus of the priority setting program is to mentor and guide priority setting projects by involving patients and the public. We aim to systematically make all learnings generated within the program openly available. 

To support our team at the LBG Open Innovation in Science Center, we are looking for a motivated and experienced person to join us as soon as possible. 

Project Manager 
(Focus: Priority Setting) 
40 hours per week 

Core tasks 

  • Planning and implementation of the priority setting program, in particular: 
    • Systematic preparation of scientific literature from the Priority Setting area
    • Development of an online portfolio for priority setting measures & methods
    • Development & support of an OIS Center online platform
    • Stakeholder management, systematic development and maintenance of the network 
  • Accompaniment of OIS Priority Setting projects 
    • Co-development of quality criteria for OIS Priority Setting projects
    • Advising scientific projects on the basis of OIS Priority Setting Quality Criteria
    • Implementation of priority setting trainings, workshops and webinars
    • Monitoring & Evaluation of Priority Setting Projects
    • Dissemination of the results 

Your qualifications 

  • Affinity to topics of research, research management and experience in dealing with and advising scientists from different disciplines
  • University degree or equivalent (PhD advantageous, no disciplinary restriction)
  • Experience in the following areas is an advantage:
    • Open Innovation Methods (e.g. crowdsourcing, co-creation, lead user, design sprints, hackathons)
    • Workshop Design, Implementation & Follow-up
    • Citizen Science, Open Science, Responsible Research & Innovation
    • Participatory research
  • Strong ability to work in a team, social competence and communication skills
  • High level of initiative, solution competence and creative thinking
  • High motivation, implementation orientation, flexibility and service orientation
  • Excellent linguistic expression in German and English
  • Very good IT user knowledge
    • Interest in the development of online platforms
    • MS-Office, online databases
    • Experience in dealing with social media (especially Twitter)

We offer you challenging and responsible employment in one of the largest private research organisations in Austria, with employment as of 01.03.2020. We offer you a dynamic environment, a respectful cooperation as well as opportunities for further training and personal development. The position is a full-time position with a monthly salary of at least € 2,900 gross for 40 hours per week. The position is limited to 2 years, with the option of unlimited extension. 

Applications must be submitted by e-mail to Simone Fürst, MA recruiting (at) (letter of motivation and CV). We look forward to receiving your application and getting to know you personally! 

For questions regarding content: 
Dr. Benjamin Missbach 
benjamin.missbach (at)
LBG Open Innovation in Science Center

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