Program Lead Neurotechnology

About the job


The role

Our Neurotechnology program analyzes the legal, ethical, and societal implications of neurotechnology, and explores policy tools and governance models to ensure the technology is beneficial and accessible to all. As we are based in Brussels, your work will focus on assisting EU leaders with thorough knowledge and recommendations, considering the global picture and key players. Your primary responsibility will be to set, shape, and execute the Neurotechnology program agenda in collaboration with the CEO, Director of Research (TBD) and Practice Lead Paweł Świeboda.

How you and your team will make an impact

  • Generate knowledge among experts, officials, and other stakeholders about neurotechnology and its implications as well as neuroethics.
  • Foster an innovative and inclusive, rights-driven governance dialogue on neurotechnology.
  • Connect and inform EU and international governance efforts toward a safe, secure, and conducive ecosystem for the development, use and growth of neurotechnology. Engage in networking and relationship-building activities with external stakeholders, attending and hosting relevant events, and coordinating the interface with the advocacy team.
  • Hire and build a team of researchers and policy experts around you to help achieve these goals. Being a people manager you lead by example on our values: intellectual humility, compassion, and collaboration.
  • Switch easily between setting a longer-term vision and project mode focused on a shorter term to inspire and motivate your team to achieve real results.
  • Manage resources, and budget, plan and organize, set and adjust priorities for the entire team and program.

What you will need to succeed in this role

  • Apply your extensive experience and knowledge in neurotechnology and/or neuroscience, and neuroethics. To give you an idea of the knowledge we are looking for: we expect you to offer us expertise on some of the 9 principles defined by OECD.
  • Network, build relationships, and liaise with stakeholders (f.e. UNESCO, OECD, Council of Europe) and partner organizations to further ICFG’s mission and enhance the impact of its work. We expect you to have a solid international network already and to take it from there.
  • Being interested in all things technology and considering yourself tech savvy to be able to dialogue and interact with research labs and researchers.
  • Deliver state-of-the-art knowledge and research findings clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, tailoring content for policymaker audiences. Proving yourself to be confident and trustworthy is crucial in this role.
  • Commit to your own professional growth and contribute to the success of the team through collaborative efforts and ongoing learning.
  • Adapt to various organizational structures and work within them to meet the evolving needs of ICFG.
  • Stay informed about the EU policy landscape and legislative process to ensure the relevance and applicability of research findings.


  • Full-time position (40 hours per week / Belgium: 38 hours per week maximum)
  • Regular overtime expected
  • National and international travel required (depending on your situation around 25% yearly)

What we offer

  • This position offers you the chance to think and work in the field of neurotechnology in the long term and independently.
  • Being based in Brussels, you will have an opportunity to impact on EU policy. You will find yourself surrounded by colleagues who have the same motivation as you: making a real difference for the common good.
  • Salary: The salary for this position is competitive (with potential market supplements for Brussels candidates).
  • Flexibility in space and time: hybrid working that balances your needs for work and for home.
  • Vacation days: We offer a generous number of Vacation days (statutory days, discretionary days, shut-it-down days, etc.) and Parental Leave and Care Leave days.
  • Learning & Development: An annual contribution toward personal education & development.
  • Wellness & Wellbeing: An annual contribution toward personal wellness & wellbeing.
  • Inclusive workplace: We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace for all.

How to apply

The attributes listed above represent our current thinking for the role. You can be a great candidate even if you do not fit everything we have described above. You can also have important skills we have not thought of. If that is you, we encourage you to apply and tell us about yourself!

To apply for this exceptional opportunity, please send your CV and cover letter to Queries can be directed to Anneleen Willems ( The deadline for applications is 25/01/2024, 11:59 PM CET.

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