Technology Transfer Officer

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES
Deadline: The position may have been removed or expired!


Technology Transfer Officer

You will be employed as a Technology Transfer Officer and will support the University within Research and Innovation Services, Commercial Development Team  in Technology Transfer for the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering in order to demonstrate the utility and impact of intellectual property generated from their research, carrying out supporting work, providing advice, guidance and support, and leading projects within this area.

This post is full-time, available from 1st March 2020 for a period of 9 months.

Salary: £33,797 - £43,322 per annum (Grade 6)

Date advert posted: Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Closing date: Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds.  We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description

Key Duties

  • Provide professional advice and guidance on Technology Transfer processes and procedures to internal and external customers that will have institute wide impacts, using judgement and creativity to suggest the most appropriate course of action where appropriate, and ensuring complex and conceptual issues are understood
  • Take responsibility for resolving issues independently within Technology Transfer in the area of Physical Sciences and Engineering where they fall within set role objectives
  • Investigate and analysis specific issues within Technology Transfer in the area of Physical Sciences and Engineering, creating recommendation reports, supported by advances within Technology Transfer
  • Ensure that the provision of  Technology Transfer in the area of Physical Sciences and Engineering is delivered to the institution, proactively changing the delivery according to customer requirements
  • Establish working relationships with key contacts, developing appropriate communication links with the University’s Schools/Directorates and outside bodies as required
  • Create specific working groups from colleagues across the University to achieve the Commercial Development Team’s objectives
  • Plan and deliver specific small scale projects, co-ordinating and supervising project teams created as needed
  • Develop and deliver training within Technology Transfer on Intellectual Property and Commercialisation
  • Undertake a variety of  administrative duties to support the department
  •  Instruct and guide other employees across the University within Technology Transfer as required

General Duties
  • Ensure that an understanding of the importance of confidentiality is applied when undertaking all duties
  • Abide by University policies on Health and Safety and Equality and Diversity
  • Perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role

Person Specification

Important note: It is the University’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.  Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number, e.g. Supporting Statement for 9423BR.

Essential Criteria

  • Degree in a Physical Sciences, Engineering or a subject which is highly relevant to this area /NVQ 4 or equivalent Professional membership/experience
  • Substantial experience of working within Technology Transfer and commercialisation if University Intellectual Property
  • Able to demonstrate professional knowledge in the commercialisation of University Intellectual Property to give advice and guidance to internal and external customers
  • Proven experience in developing new processes and procedures
  • Ability to communicate conceptually detailed and complex information effectively and professionally with a wide range of people
  • Evidence of ability to explore customers’ needs and adapt the service accordingly to ensure a quality service is delivered
  • Proven ability to develop networks in order to contribute to long term developments
  • Evidence of ability to solve expansive problems using initiative and creativity; identify and propose both practical and innovative solutions
  • Evidence of demonstrable knowledge of key advances within Technology Transfer and commercialisation of University Intellectual Property
  • Evidence of ability to undertake and deliver specific projects and supervise short term project teams

  • Desirable Criteria
  • Postgraduate/Professional qualification
  • Experience of working in a Higher Education environment
  • Fluency in Welsh, written and oral

  • Additional Information

    Research and Innovation Services

    Cardiff University is an ambitious and innovative university with a bold and strategic vision located in a beautiful and thriving capital city.  Our research is world-leading and we provide an educationally outstanding experience for our students.  Driven by creativity and curiosity, we strive to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligations to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  With an annual budget exceeding £500 million, around 6,000 staff and over 28,500 students, it is a member of the Russell Group of the 24 leading UK research-intensive universities.

    The University’s ambition is to rank consistently among the top 100 universities in the world and the top 20 in the UK.  In doing so, we will focus on key areas of education, research and innovation, internationalisation and engagement.  This ambition and strategic direction is set out in ‘The Way Forward 2018-23’ which can be accessed from Cardiff University’s home page at:

    Cardiff University is also developing its Innovation System through an ambitious programme of investment in people and in its Research and Innovation infrastructure.  Research funding awards from competitive, external sources (grants and contracts) exceed £100 million annually and the University aims to grow this further through winning grants from the Research Councils and charities, industry, government and from European Commission and a range of other international sources.

    Research and Innovation Services is one of the nine corporate Professional Services Departments in the University.  The Department’s primary responsibility is to support the University’s three Colleges, their Academic Schools and Academic staff in generating income from external sources for research, innovation, engagement, commercialisation and international activities.  We are based on the 6th and 7th floors of McKenzie House, 30-36 Newport Road, at the south end of the campus and near to Cardiff city centre with further offices serving the Heath Park biomedical and health campus and the Academia Europaea Knowledge Hub  (in the Hadyn Ellis Builkding).

    The Director of Research and Innovation Services is Dr Dave Bembo, and the Department’s work is organised around five functional groups:

    Research Grants and Contracts Office:  led by Elid Morris, Head

    Research Governance and Integrity:  led by Chris Shaw, Head

    Research Development and European Office:  led by Dr Amanda Roberts-Jones,  Head.

    Commercial Development:  led by Dr Nick Bourne, Deputy Director.

    Innovation System:  led by Elin Lloyd Jones,  Acting Head

    Job Category

    Business / Strategic Management

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