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Chief Technology Officer
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-019729

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 17/10/2022

Salary: Professorial salary scale, 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: available asap for 5 years

School / Directorate: Faculty Office - Science & Engineering

​​​​​​The Henry Royce Institute (Royce) is an EPSRC-funded national institute with its Hub at The University of Manchester.  The Institute has spokes at ten Partner and Associate Partner 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. Driven by a vision of ‘advanced materials for a sustainable society’, Royce’s supports the UK in growing and translating its world-leading research and innovation in advanced materials.

We are seeking an experienced scientist or engineer, with a successful track record in industrial/academic collaboration, for the new role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the Institute.  The CTO position has been established as one of the principal leadership roles within Royce and will be a core member of the Royce Leadership Team, with specific responsibility for determining and delivering the Institute’s strategic vision for our Technology Platform capabilities.  The successful candidate will lead on the development and ownership of our overarching research technology platform strategy building on our world-leading facilities and people, distributed across our Partners.

The CTO will be expected to develop particularly close working relationships with industry and public research organisations alongside academic institutions and will play a major role in supporting use of the platforms to accelerate technology translation through small to large industrial organisations as well as supporting the wider research community.  A key aspect of promoting and gaining maximum use of our infrastructure is an associated comprehensive portfolio of training programmes - the CTO role will therefore oversee Royce’s training and skills strategy and have a substantial input to the development of our technical staff.

We are seeking a research leader with experience of strategic oversight and development of a substantial research laboratory/capability/organisation engaged with industrial and academic users.  They will have an established research track record in a materials science related discipline as well as significant experience in delivering major experimental programmes across multiple platforms working across academia and industry. Demonstrated excellence in leadership and management of diverse research staff working with multiple stakeholders is essential.

Royce actively encourages applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, gender or gender expression. We are operating positive action in recruitment, aiming in this case for at least one in three of the candidates that meet the essential shortlisting criteria and are to be interviewed (after shortlist) to be women, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, LGBTQ+ or to have a declared disability. Equal opportunities data completed by applicants will not be accessible by the panel.

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: Professor David Knowles, Chief Executive Officer

Email: To request an informal discussion about the role with the Chief Executive, Professor David Knowles, please contact Emily Liu (Project Officer)

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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.