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Knowledge Exchange and Impact (KEI) Officer

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer to join the Business Development Department, to support the cutting-edge science of the John Innes Centre.

The Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation team there are two main functions: Knowledge Exchange (KE) and Commercialisation (C).

Within Knowledge Exchange, we commit to sharing knowledge that has potential impact on innovation. This can include facilitating change and transformation, as well as enhancing or generating new or improved professional practices, policies, technologies, products, services, and public perceptions.

Commercialisation includes translation for both societal and commercial benefit. It includes commercialisation of intellectual property rights including patents, corporate partnerships, spinouts, consultancy, and service offerings through the John Innes Centre’s technology platforms.

We work with external patent and commercial legal counsel as well as NBI Contracts (for corporate partnerships including grant support).

The role

This new role has been established to support KEC management, gather intelligence on and report on the impact of John Innes Centre research and affiliated organisations.

You will be required to support the delivery of John Innes Centre’s KEC strategy by supporting the Institute’s knowledge exchange activities, by collecting and recording KEC activity and impact data, gathering and analysing data on John Innes Centre commercial activity, for presentation at board and committee meetings, encouraging professional development of John Innes Centre scientists, and providing effective and efficient support to KEC projects.

You will liaise directly with John Innes Centre scientists to identify and capture scientific advances.

The ideal candidate

You will be educated to postgraduate degree level with a postgraduate degree in a biological science subject desirable.

An understanding of our science and a keen interest in technology are essential to this role. The ability to initiate and nurture close relationships with researchers, academic leaders and administrators is also essential. You will have project management knowledge and skills with the ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines successfully.

The post would be suitable for a recently qualified PhD student or Postdoctoral Researcher. Training will be provided including access to external courses.

Additional information

Interviews will be held on 10 and/or 12 March.

Further information and details of how to apply can be found here or contact the Human Resources team on 01603 450462 or quoting reference 1003961.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity.  As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. We are proud to hold a prestigious Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition of our inclusive culture, commitment and good practices towards advancing of gender equality.

We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. The Institute is also a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

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