2D Materials IP Portfolio Manager

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  • Managing the University’s IP portfolio relating to 2D materials (including graphene)
  • Working collaboratively with University researchers
  • Selecting new IP development projects and securing funding
  • Securing licences and spinning out companies
  • Project team leadership and management
  • Manchester
  • £60,000 plus bonus scheme and benefits package

The University of Manchester I3 Ltd (UMI3) is a wholly-owned company of the University of Manchester and its agent for Intellectual Property (IP) management and commercialisation. UMIP is the division of UMI3 whose role is to commercialise intellectual property (IP), know-how and technology developed at the University. Since its inception in 2004, UMI3 has created 40 spin-out companies, managed over £300m of third party investment into the University’s spin-outs and brokered over 4,800 licences and assignments. UMI3 is widely recognised as being amongst the leading university technology transfer organisations in the UK.

Due to the University’s research excellence in 2D Materials, including graphene, the University has generated a significant 2D IP portfolio. This new senior role has been created within UMIP to manage that portfolio strategically, in the context of broad industrial partnerships, as a platform to secure commercial licences, create spin out companies and build reputational and commercial value. This individual will be responsible for leading a project team which identifies new 2D IP from relevant University research, leverages development funding, secures licences and creates spin out companies, supported by colleagues within UMIP and related cognate groups of the University. The individual will be a positive ambassador for UMIP within the University and externally, and will ultimately co-locate with that research activity, where they will proactively champion the IP agenda. The Team Leader will manage the UMIP 2D Materials IP Project Team, report to UMIP’s Director of Operations, be a member of UMIPs Divisional Management Team (DMT) and attend the 2D Materials IP Project Board.

Candidates for this exciting role will have a strong and broad-based understanding of science and may have some familiarity with 2D Materials. They will be adept at placing new scientific concepts into commercial context and experienced in assessing, managing, developing and commercialising IP. They will be educated to at least degree level in a scientific subject and in addition will preferably hold a PhD and/or business qualification (or equivalents). A proven ability to build strong working relationships with academics, industry colleagues and partners will be a key criterion for success in this role. We are looking for an action-orientated candidate who will lead this activity to the next level, mobilise the 2D IP Portfolio and achieve commercial success.

For such an individual, we offer a generous salary, bonus scheme and benefits package and the opportunity to join a dynamic, forward-thinking technology transfer company associated with one of the UK’s top research universities.

Written applications, enclosing CV, to Mary Williams. Email to (mary.williams@umip.com) or by post FAO Mary Williams, UMIP, The Incubator Building, 48 Grafton St, Manchester M13 9XX.

Candidates selected for interview will be notified by email. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified; should you not have received a response two weeks after the closing date for applications, we regret that your application will not have been successful.

Closing Date: 7th July 2017

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