Assistant Licensing & Ventures Manager - Life Sciences: Oxford University Innovation

  • Would you like to help create global impact from world-leading University research?
  • Are you interested in joining a team of outstanding people working to bring great Oxford ideas to life?
  • Do you have experience in Life or Medical Sciences?

With one foot in academia and the other in industry, Oxford University Innovation (OUI) undertakes a wide variety of activities. From licensing University inventions and finding investment for spinout companies to setting up social enterprises and supporting student entrepreneurship, innovation is the magic behind the scenes that turns ideas born in Oxford University into technologies and new ventures that create positive and transformative economic and societal impact in the wider world.

The Opportunity

The successful candidate will join a talented and supportive team within our Licensing & Ventures Group and will focus on assisting the commercialisation of technologies arising from across the University, primarily from the Medical Sciences and Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Divisions.  The Assistant Licensing & Ventures Manager will obtain a broad introduction into technology transfer activities including an understanding of licensing intellectual property.

The key responsibilities of the role are:

  • undertaking market research and analysis to enable commercially viable deals to be completed.
  • supporting project managers by marketing technologies to potential end-users in industry and helping to create compelling business cases for spin-out companies.
  • managing project administration and supporting the Licensing & Ventures Managers in project work.

The Applicant

The successful candidate will have a Life Science degree (or equivalent) and ideally have some experience of work with large datasets and a demonstrated ability across scientific disciplines.  They will also possess enthusiasm, positivity, and an appetite for learning and personal development alongside a desire to achieve resultsPost-graduate qualifications in fields such as Life or Medical Sciences, marketing/sales and/or software and ICT experience would be desirable but not essential. The successful candidate will also need to demonstrate proven competence in:

  • the ability to grasp challenging technical concepts quickly (our team handles projects ranging from vaccines, and therapeutics through diagnostics and medical technologies to digital health, not to mention agritech, the bioeconomy and global health).
  • excellent interpersonal, relationship management and team working skills, as well as strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • working successfully and collaboratively within a team.
  • strong organisational skills that allow effective management and prioritisation of a wide range of tasks within a process-driven environment
  • making considered recommendations that demonstrate sound judgement and good analysis.
  • listening effectively to colleagues and stakeholders, learning quickly, accepting constructive feedback and putting it into practice.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this role, please download the application form from the OUI website and send together with a copy of your CV and covering letter to Sarah Barton at Information about the benefits and working life at OUI can be found here

Salary for this role is commensurate with experience and will be in the range of £25,000 - £30,000.

The closing date is midday on Wednesday 5th May 2021.

Oxford University Innovation is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and is empowered to reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures.


Closing date: 
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
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