We are currently seeking qualified candidates for a Commercialisation Associate (Consultancy and Research Tools). This is a permanent position that will be based out of Cambridge, UK.
We are looking for a Commercialisation Associate to join the Consultancy Services and Research Tools team. Since this role spans across two functions, it will be very varied and a great opportunity to develop a broad knowledge of commercialisation approaches. Not only will you be facilitating consultancy projects between University staff and external organisations through provision of support services, you will also be helping to license outputs from research that can be used as research tools (such as reagents and software). The team work with a wide range of external customers including national and international companies of all sizes, governments and charities and help support University staff across all disciplines. This creates a very interesting and varied role.
As a Commercialisation Associate your role would include negotiating terms with external clients, drafting contracts, monitoring projects, supporting the relationship between internal and external clients and helping to develop and promote the business.
The role holder will assist in the marketing and provision of both consultancy support services and research tools commercialisation to the academic staff of the University.
A large focus of the role will be to draft, negotiate and complete both consultancy contracts and research tools agreements with external (commercial / government) clients and to ensure that the University and its employees are not exposed to unnecessary legal or financial liabilities in the course of undertaking such work. In addition, the role holder will work alongside the other Research Tools team member to assist in the development and growth of the Research Tools portfolio.
The role holder would be expected to undertake work of increasing complexity and responsibility as experience develops.
The role is highly varied as you will be responsible, with support, for the effective management of projects from initial contact with academics to successful commercialisation of their ideas, expertise and skills. You will identify new opportunities (through prospective meetings). You will work with a variety of stakeholders including academics, potential licensees and funders and will also help to raise the profile within the University and externally.
Ideally you will have a background in a life science. In addition, experience in a commercial, legal or research environment would be a strong advantage. You have an interest in entrepreneurship and managing and commercialisation of research. Perhaps you already have knowledge of the patenting process, licensing, or other aspects of technology transfer, and experience in a commercial environment. The ability to cope with a fast paced, high turnover environment is essential.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, well-organised candidate who has excellent communication skills. The ability to prioritise and to handle a number of projects in parallel, while maintaining an active customer focus, is key. Experience of handling and/or negotiating commercial contracts would be a real advantage but training will be provided.