Senior Researcher and Project Manager

About Metabolic Institute

Metabolic is a consulting, research, and venture building firm focused on tackling global sustainability challenges and advancing a circular economy. We advise governments, businesses, and NGOs on how to adapt to a fast-changing context, while creating disruptive solutions that can shift how the economy functions. We provide strategies and tools, crunch data, create new technologies, build pilots, and scale up innovations. Our approach harnesses systems thinking and data-driven analysis to understand and address real root causes – rather than symptoms – to drive lasting, meaningful change.

Metabolic Institute is the non-profit research arm of Metabolic. We work at the intersection of academic research and real-world experimentation to develop, test, and share open datasets and tools that build collective intelligence on critical sustainability issues. Metabolic Institute is a team of around 15 researchers who share an ambition for catalyzing a sustainable future through open data and real-world experimentation. Through our three years of operations, we have conducted flagship research into global systems and partnered with more than 20 European cities to fuel circular experimentation.

About the Position: Senior Researcher and Project Manager

We are looking for a senior researcher and project manager to join our team. This position will work directly with the Director of Metabolic Institute to strategically develop the Institute’s cities-related research. Current projects indicative of this work stream include: REFLOW, CENTRINNO, and the Metabolic Cities Program. We are looking for an individual with experience in leading multi-partner research programs on the themes of sustainability, circular economy, and urban transitions. Specific experience in managing H2020 projects or similar will be prioritized.

Within your role, you will:

  • Support the identification and development of strategic research programs in alignment with Metabolic Institute’s organisational strategy and Theory of Change.
  • Manage strategic pan-European research projects including REFLOW
  • Manage partnerships with municipalities, knowledge institutes, and technical specialists. 
  • Digest new developments (e.g. new methodologies, policies, and technologies) in the fields of sustainability, circular economy, and urban transitions and place them in the context in which we work
  • Guide a multi-disciplinary team of industrial ecologists, life scientists, data analysts, and urbanists to effectively deliver and disseminate public-facing research outcomes. 
  • Help grow our network of partners, specifically engaging public and private knowledge institutes whom we can collaborate with in order to further expand the impact of our work.
  • Contribute to fundraising and proposal development efforts in regards to cities-related research initiatives. 
  • Contribute to public thought leadership by way of writing academic papers and/or public-facing white papers alongside public speaking. 

We are looking for a creative and solutions-oriented colleague who is comfortable working autonomously, excited about joining a close-knit interdisciplinary team, and eager to engage in external-facing roles. 

As our research consists of working with a variety of stakeholders to generate public-facing insights, the candidate will need to demonstrate strong communication skills. Experience in science communication and/or academic publishing will be prioritized.

The position is a full-time role and has a flexible starting date. The primary geographic scope of the role will be pan-European thus the position requires you to be located to (or close to) Amsterdam.

Your Profile

We are looking for someone with …

  • Experienced project manager (2-5 years work experience)
  • A foundation of knowledge in sustainability, circular economy, systems thinking and urban transitions
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, fluency in English
  • Skilled in project management (especially publicly funded research programming), stakeholder management, client management
  • Educated to Masters level (or equivalent) in one or more of the the following disciplines: Industrial ecology, Urbanism, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Management, Urban Systems Engineering
  • Valid work permit to work as an employee in the Netherlands

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to join the Metabolic Institute the following criteria must be met (non-negotiable):

  • Have, or be able to apply, for a residence permit in the Netherlands (valid for working purposes and for the entire duration of the job)
  • Have, or be able to request, a BSN (burgerservicenummer/citizen service number)

To apply:

To apply, please use this form. You will be asked to upload your CV and copy over a letter of motivation. In case of questions, please feel free to contact us through

We are accepting applications till the 28th of May, 23.59.