Vacancy: member of CLARIN ERIC board of directors (vacancy is closed)

Submitted by Dieter Van Uytvanck on 9 May 2019

This vacancy is closed


As of the autumn of 2019 the CLARIN European Research Infrastructure Consortium (CLARIN ) will have an opening for the position of member of the Board of Directors (20% fte) who will work closely together with the other directors. The appointment will be for a term of two years, with the possibility of prolongation for another term of two years.

The mission of CLARIN ERIC ( is to develop and maintain Europe’s common language resources and technology infrastructure.  At the same time CLARIN serves as an ecosystem for the exchange of knowledge and experience that is crucial for the uptake of CLARIN within the domains in which digital scholarship is rapidly developing, in particular in the social sciences and humanities.

Responsibilities and tasks

The tasks to be taken up by the new member of the Board of Directors ( ) follow from the responsibilities of the executive body of CLARIN:

  • to prepare and implement strategic action lines needed for the smooth operation of CLARIN ERIC and the consolidation of the current value proposition and technological maturity of CLARIN
  • to optimize the conditions for a sustainable future of what CLARIN has developed
  • to foster the effective collaboration between the various bodies that are responsible for the governance of the ERIC
  • to ensure optimal alignment of the agenda of the BoD with the strategy and activities of the National Coordinators’ Forum ( ) and the Strategy and Management Board (SAMBA), and to support the coordination between the national consortia.

Instruments are in place to implement the CLARIN strategy and the envisaged activities to be undertaken, but the development of new concepts that would support the agreed strategic planning would be welcomed.

Envisaged profile

In view of the current stage of development of the CLARIN infrastructure, the profiles of the other members of the BoD and the challenges that CLARIN is facing, applications are solicited from candidates with a profile that ideally would include the following elements:

  • proven experience in setting up and/or deploying instruments for the exchange of knowledge and expertise in a cross-national and/or multidisciplinary context
  • good understanding of what is needed to increase the potential of a research infrastruture such as CLARIN for generating impact along the dimension of economic and societal challenges
  • connections to relevant industrial sectors (e.g., dictionary makers and other publishing houses; IT or data science companies with a focus on language data) and/or to libraries, archives, museums, and galleries.

In addition we expect that the suitability of candidates is also evidenced by:

  • familiarity with CLARIN, its mission and vision, and the concept of research infrastructure (RI) in general
  • ample engagement in one or more of the relevant networks in which the European Open Science agenda is guiding the developments
  • familiarity with the dynamics in the European landscape of RIs (e.g., , )
  • familiarity with the major scholarly paradigms in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) and the role of infrastructural support
  • established connections with and good visibility in one or more of the research communities that CLARIN aims to serve and/or that contribute to the spectrum of services that CLARIN is making available
  • a relevant academic track record (PhD-level, plus a convincing combination of publications and/or involvement in the development of use cases, demonstrators, tools or data sets)
  • excellent communication skills.

A balanced diversity in the composition of the BoD as a whole will be sought along all relevant dimensions, including gender and regional background.

Conditions of employment

The tasks can be carried out from the applicant’s home institute as basis. The applicant’s home institute will be reimbursed for the release time provided to CLARIN ERIC on the basis of the applicant’s regular salary (plus overhead). Occasional travel to CLARIN events and participation in (virtual) meetings of the CLARIN ERIC Board of Directors is required. Funds for administrative support and a travel budget will be provided.

How to apply

Applications (including CV, publication list, statement of motivation) as well as requests for information should be sent to Franciska de Jong, Executive Director of CLARIN ERIC, by email (; the phrase "director" should be included in the subject header.  

The application deadline is 4 June 2019.

Suggestions for candidates that could be pointed to this vacancy are welcome at as well.