Security Officer/ IT Operations Lead

Your role:

In this role, you will get the challenge to bring eLabNext IT operations to the next level. You will help to answer the question of how eLabNext can further professionalize and scale up its IT processes. In addition, you take full responsibility for information security at eLabNext, including the entire certification cycle for IS0 27001, to ensure that the services we deliver are secure and compliant. Your work should result in secure, compliant, and efficient IT operations of eLabNext and smooth delivery of eLabNext software products to our customers.

We are a small, yet fast-growing organization where most colleagues have multiple roles in the team. Therefore, besides looking for ways how to scale up, you will also play a hands-on role. Focus areas for this role are:

  • IT Operations – you will act as a team lead of IT support & DevOps (currently 1,8FTE). You will ensure efficient IT operations by organizing the roles and responsibilities of the team. Related responsibility is proposing, driving, and leading the development and implementation of strategic changes and/or improvements in our internal and external IT architecture, used IT solutions, tools, applications, and methods to ensure further scalable growth.
  • Information Security – you also will be our Information Security Officer & Privacy Officer. The purpose is that we prolong our ISO 27001 certification forever and that we have total compliance with other adopted quality and privacy frameworks.

About us:

With our software solutions, we help modern scientists in R&D laboratories of academic institutes, pharma, biotech companies, and start-ups in the process of digitizing their workflows. We facilitate our clients to exploit the enormous potential of life sciences and to accelerate research. We believe that we contribute to the added value that life sciences research can offer our world and work hand in hand with researchers to enable discoveries in various fields such as, but not limited to cancer research, the production of sustainable food in areas where cultivation seems impossible, or the development of COVID-19 vaccines.

Who are you?

To ensure that eLabNext can continue to deliver top quality, we are looking for candidates who meet at least the following criteria:

  • You have an HBO BSc. with a focus on Information Technology, business, management, or similar
  • Having experience in an IT lead/management role is considered a plus
  • You can deal with a significant amount of autonomy and independence.
  • You have proficient verbal and written communication skills in both Dutch as English.
  • You have up-to-date IT certifications, e.g., MCSE, CCNA, CISA, Agile, Prince2, PMP.
  • Experience with information security standards such as ISO/IEC 27001 is considered a plus, but no must*
  • You can help others to do great, and you are not afraid to be hands-on as well.
  • You have the drive, self-awareness, and flexibility to work in and contribute to a fast-growing start-up.

* No experience yet with ISO 27001? Do not worry. Once you are aboard, you will get the proper training, and we will assign you an external coach to get you where you need to be for executing the Information Security & Privacy role.

Working at eLabNext:

You will work in an international working environment within a continuously growing organization where we will give you will a lot of autonomy. This autonomy gives you the opportunity, freedom, and authority to execute any actions that you reasonably believe are useful for enacting your role’s purpose or accountabilities. Our headquarters is in Groningen, and we have a sales office in Boston, US. You will work out of Groningen, and preferably you (already) live in the Groningen area.

Perks & Benefits

  • Learning and development budget, to spend on courses, conferences, or a coach
  • eLabNext-Talks, expert talks, lunch lectures, knowledge-sharing sessions, and workshops
  • Commuting allowance, if the distance is too far to bike
  • Bonus, when we do well, we all profit together
  • Flexible conditions of employment, tailored to your situation
  • Work hard, party hard, Friday drinks, goal celebrations, BBQ’s and many other festivities
  • International we are, we are an inclusive and international team, with colleagues from all over
  • Home office setup, get a budget to set up your home office
  • Pension scheme, retire happy

How to apply:

Interested, and do you want to apply? You can do this by sending your motivation letter and CV to We consider applications until the position is filled.

If we are enthusiastic, we will invite you for an introductory meeting. Following the COVID-19 regulations, this will most likely be a digital meeting. We evaluate our recruitment process every week and follow the advice of the Cabinet and RIVM.

An assessment can be part of the selection process.  Recruiters, no please.

Find out more:

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Wouter de Jong, Managing Director at eLabNext in The Netherlands, by phone +31 50 ​720 00 55 or by email:

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