Manager: Patients and Research

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20 Nov 2018

The European Heart Network (EHN) is a Brussels-based alliance of foundations and associations dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke and supporting patients throughout Europe. 

Our mission is to prevent and reduce cardiovascular diseases, in particular heart disease and stroke, through advocacy, networking, capacity-building, patient support, and research so that they are no longer a major cause of premature death and disability throughout Europe. 

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) – heart disease, stroke and other atherosclerotic vascular diseases – are the biggest cause of death of men and women in the European Union. CVD account for over 1.8 million deaths every year, and almost 49 million people live with these diseases. Apart from being a very significant human burden, CVD is also a major economic burden, estimated to cost the EU economy 210 billion euros every year. 

To manage our patient and research portfolios, we are looking for a (m/f)

Manager Patients and Research


In this role, you will be supporting the EHN’s patients and research-funding member organisations and helping them build their capacity. To that end you will be responsible for preparing meetings/seminars. You will be representing EHN in the European Medicines Authority (EMA) Patients' and Consumers' Working Party and liaising with EHN’s wider stakeholders.

Specific tasks include:

  • liaise with EHN patients’ group and ensure active interaction between them through meetings/seminars as well as other means of exchanging information
  • establish priority issues on which to develop EHN papers/positions and bring together the evidence base/identify research gaps
  • follow developments at EU level in terms of initiatives, legislative proposals etc. with an impact on or relevance to heart and stroke patients and research, and organise EHN responses/statements
  • coordinate EHN responses to EU legislative proposals with an impact on or relevance to patients and research
  • liaise with EHN’s research-funding members and ensure interaction between them  inter-alia through the EHN Research Platform
  • analyse and respond to requests for partnership in research projects.


  • University degree or education/training relevant for the job
  • At least 10 years professional experience
  • Patient and persistent
  • Highly developed team spirit
  • Good communicator and sense of diplomacy
  • Flexible and able to multi-task
  • Experience within an international and multi-cultural environment is advantageous
  • Languages: English (mother tongue or equivalent); French useful; more European languages an asset
  • Need to know the EU policy-making procedures and structure of the institutions, role of NGOs and lobbying organisations “How Brussels Works”.


We offer you a challenging position in a European and professional organisation, with Brussels as operating base. Permanent position, full-time. Excellent remuneration package.


Please address application letters and curriculum vitae to European Heart Network, Rue Montoyer 31, 1000 Brussels for the attention of Michelle Mildiner (e-mail: ).

Deadline: 20 November 2018.


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