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Research and Business Engagement Officer
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-019475

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 22/08/2022

Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 per annum depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Henry Royce Institute

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: From as soon as possible for 12 months

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The Henry Royce Institute (Royce), an EPSRC-funded national institute, supports advanced materials research and innovation. With its Hub at The University of Manchester, the Institute has spokes at nine Partner and Associate organisations: the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Cambridge, Cranfield, Strathclyde Oxford and Imperial College London, as well as at the UK Atomic Energy Authority and National Nuclear Laboratory. Royce, driven by a vision of ‘advanced materials for a sustainable society’, supports the UK in growing its world-leading research and innovation in advanced materials.

Royce is seeking a Research and Business Engagement (RBE) Officer to work as a part of an integrated team to proactively identify, approach and engage with companies, Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and other research-focused organisations to help advance Advanced Materials research and innovation and to win business through collaborations. The post holder will play a pivotal role in contributing to the strategic development, management and delivery of research and business engagement activities including establishing and coordinating national Research Core Area community networks, building and supporting a diverse range of research communities, encouraging inter-disciplinary working across traditional boundaries and identifying and delivering facilities access models for business across the UK. Knowledge of the biomedical/materials sector would be extremely beneficial.

This is a key role within Royce that requires a highly motivated individual with significant experience of working within a Higher Education Institution or similar organisational environment and a strong commercial acumen to support translation and commercialisation of academic research. The post holder will contribute significantly to the Royce research and innovation activities including the development and response to strategic industrial collaborative funding opportunities; facilitating collaborative links and interactions within the Royce partnership and with external industry partners and external funding agencies. The post holder will be exposed to a breadth of world-class research, the opportunity to work with some of the leading academics in advanced materials research as well as working alongside major global industrial companies. They will have excellent analytical skills and will be a strategic thinker to contribute to the development and implementation of Royce’s Research and Innovation strategy. Excellent communication skills are also essential to establish effective relationships and build a network of relevant contacts across the Royce partnership, including academics and Professional Services (PS) colleagues.

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

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered

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: Ania Jolly, Head of RBE

Email:  To request an informal discussion about the role with the Head of Research and Business Engagement, Dr. Ania Jolly, please contact 

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

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.