Programme Area Coordinator (PAC)

DPI is looking for a Programme Area Coordinator (PAC) who will be responsible for the coordination and management of DPI research programmes and for liaising with DPI’s industrial and academic partners across the globe. Working in close cooperation with the partners and with leading external scientific advisors, you will be responsible for coordinating the entire process from initiating Calls for Proposals to awarding and formalising research contracts and overseeing their fulfilment. You will supervise and monitor projects and support knowledge transfer, among others by organising workshops, seminars and lectures. Together with industrial and scientific experts you will proactively identify the technological needs and scientific challenges of industry that are suitable for inclusion in DPI programmes and translate these into relevant focus areas for DPI projects. By competently managing DPI research programmes and by playing an active role in account management, you will enhance DPI’s reputation as a value-adding international research platform.

DPI has an ambition for growth and our PACs play an important role in the further development of DPI,  the initiation of new research programmes and the acquisition of new partners. To this end, they proactively look for business opportunities and represent DPI in various national and international networks. 

For a candidate with the right work experience, the job optionally includes the additional responsibility for IP and legal affairs related to DPI research programmes.

As a Programme Area Coordinator you will be part of the DPI Management Team and report directly to the Managing Director. You will be based at the DPI headquarters in Eindhoven but may need to travel occasionally.

You are a seasoned programme manager / project leader with a university degree (preferably a PhD) in one or more of our expertise areas in the field of polymers (polyolefins, performance polymers, functional polymers, polymers for oil & gas, coatings). Your professional experience includes working in an industrial R&D setting and you are familiar with industrial decision-making on R&D matters at a strategic level, the link between research and innovation and the implementation of R&D results.

You are good at setting up expert panels, creating an effective working environment for participating parties (both knowledge institutions and industrial partners) and know how to facilitate, supervise and administer projects. An understanding of IP and legal matters will be an advantage.

Using your strong networking capabilities and keeping track of new developments in industry and science in fields relevant to DPI, you will play a pivotal role in strengthening existing partnerships, attracting new partners and identifying ideas and opportunities for new programmes.

DPI is an international collaboration platform that enables industrial companies to join forces on polymer research. DPI’s research programmes, jointly shaped and jointly funded by its industrial partners, bring together the strategic needs of industry and the scientific capabilities of top-class scientists working at universities and research centres across the world. Participating in DPI is a cost-effective way for companies to expand their scientific base, enhance their innovation potential and explore new fields extending beyond the scope of their individual R&D and innovation portfolios. In partnership with industrial partners, DPI is also currently taking initiatives to explore themes related to sustainability. DPI is headquartered in Eindhoven (Netherlands), a city renowned the world over as an innovation hub. For more information, please visit

DPI offers a competitive benefits package.

Application and inquiries
For inquiries please contact Rosanne Peters, HR&O Manager, by phone at +31 40 2478816. Please submit your written application with CV by email via, quoting Vacancy Programme Area Coordinator DPI.

The application process may include reference checks and an assessment.