Director of Commercialisation for MIB

Job Reference : S&E-10094
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date : 12/06/2017
Salary : £49,772 to £59,400 per annum
Employment Type : Fixed Term
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
Division : Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
Hours Per week : Full Time
Contract Duration : Until 01 November 2018

The Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) is a leading industry-interfaced biotechnology institute and widely acknowledged inspiration of interdisciplinary bioscience at the forefront of international developments in Industrial Biotechnology (IB) that brings together > 450 researchers with expertise in the foundational sciences supporting IB including: synthetic biology (SynBio), molecular biology, chemistry, engineering, materials science, computer science and medicine. The unique capabilities and vision for IB and chemicals manufacture at Manchester (recognised as a core strength through University Beacon status) has a major role to play in the UK’s vision for the bio-based economy, especially in bio-based chemicals manufacture, biotherapeutics/biologics and biotechnology for healthcare.

MIB has received major investment in infra-structure, core staff (experimental officers) and associated research support from the establishment of major new Centres, networks and programs which include: BBSRC SYNBIOCHEM (Manchester Synthetic Biology Research Centre for Fine and Speciality Chemicals); EPSRC National Catalysis Centre (Biotransformations); BBSRC NIBB networks (four housed within MIB); and EU IDP training programs. Whilst the Institute is driving fundamental research focused at the TRLs 1-3, development and foresight towards higher TRLs is embedded throughout its activities and it is this translation and close relationship with industry that is a key measure of the MIB’s success. The institute has a long and distinguished track record in translating basic scientific discovery into industrial applications, through licensing, spin out formation and other related activities that drive the industrial exploitation of MIB’s science and technology programmes.

The MIB is now seeking a full time dedicated Director of Commercialisation for the MIB/IB Beacon who is able to instigate, drive and deliver a cohesive translation strategy for the institute, support the MIBs technology exploitation (patents/licensing) in partnership with UMI3/UoM business engagement team and existing MIB managers, and network nationally with relevant industrial partners (especially in the chemicals and materials sectors) to develop new associations and link with technology transfer networks and scale up facilities (e.g. SynBio Innovation Centre (SynbiCITE), IBIOIC and CPI).

Appointed at this senior grade, the DC will be a proactive, highly skilled, organised and motivated individual with a proven experience of managing industry related research projects. The role holder will need to liaise effectively and coherently with academics, industry, university staff and external stakeholders and to be networked nationally. With a relevant research background you will be expected to have significant management experience working in an interdisciplinary research environment with a comprehensive knowledge of the research funding landscape and with specialist knowledge of industrial biotechnology and National/International developments.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Prof. Nigel Scrutton, Director of the MIB


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.