Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC249328
Location Warrington See on Map
Salary £38318 - £54308
Date Posted 03 May 2019
Contract Type Fixed Term Appointment
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 27 May 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,318 -£54,308
Grade: E/F (Dependent on skills and experience)
Contract Type: 12 Months Fixed Term
Hours: Full Time/Flexible hours considered
Closing Date: Monday 27th May 2019

Can you increase the commercial impact of our world leading research?

About Us:

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation, is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology. We’re proud to enable UK researchers to investigate the world we live in and understand the building blocks of the universe.

STFC’s Business and Innovation Directorate (BID) apply knowledge from STFC’s facilities, research and technology programmes to the wider economy, delivering UK economic growth through spin-out companies, inward investment and collaborative industrial R&D.

About The Role:

We are now looking for somebody with enthusiasm for research and innovation, who make things happen and can take the lead in finding and shaping commercialisation deals.

This role will be work for BID, embedded within the STFC Hartree Centre, which utilises the UK’s premier supercomputing environment, researchers and software developers to support UK industry and academia in development of better products, services, processes and software.

As Innovation Manager you will work with the scientific and engineering staff in the Hartree Centre to understand their research and to identify commercial opportunities arising from their research activities, and exploit these through a variety of routes including licensing and spin-outs. You will determine the strength of the technology, understand the market demand for the product or service and find personnel and funding in order to bring the technology to a market ready status.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • developing a deep understanding of the technology being developed by the Hartree Centre, and reviewing and prioritise these, based on commercial potential
  • providing market research to justify prioritisation and exploitation strategy
  • presenting commercialisation options to the Innovation team to help determine the best way to exploit technology
  • identifying, contacting and negotiating with companies interested in licencing assets
  • writing business cases for technology exploitation
  • preparing funding proposals to commercially de-risk technologies
  • developing and supporting spin-outs.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria:

  • you will join us educated to degree level or with significant equivalent computer science related experience, coupled with an enthusiasm for commercialisation
  • the role would be suited to an experienced professional looking to work at the boundary between science and the commercial world, helping innovative technology get to the market place
  • you will have experience in an industrial or commercial environment or in a technology transfer role, with the ability to evaluate the commercial potential of technology opportunities
  • you will display an understanding of early stage technology commercialisation, with involvement in producing business plans for early stage technology opportunities or involvement in securing licensing deals
  • you will also display knowledge of IPR and in particular copyright and of software licensing
  • your technical background will ensure you can work effectively with colleagues from a wide range of scientific disciplines
  • you will demonstrate exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, along with the personality and presence to influence and impress scientific and industrial partners.


STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas closure and flexible working hours. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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