Business Development Officer: Earlham Institute

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our Business Development and Impact Group at Earlham Institute, based in Norwich, UK.


The Earlham Institute applies expertise in genomics, bioinformatics and molecular biology to address global issues of food security, climate change, aid conservation, or help companies to develop and validate new products and services and enter new markets.

The Business Development and Impact Team supports research and operational groups to develop new, and strengthen existing, areas of EI research and capabilities with significant commercialisation potential. We help to develop collaborative research and development projects with industry and public sector through consultancy, contract research, and grant funding. The Group manages processes, mechanisms, networks and relationships that support our colleagues to share their knowledge and realise the social and economic impact of our research.

The role:

The Business Development Officer will play a key role in supporting knowledge exchange and commercialisation activities at EI, strengthening and managing our external collaborations with industry and the public sector, building major strategic partnerships to drive research development, and maximising impact of EI research and capabilities. They will provide coordination and project management support with development and delivery of collaborative research and commercial projects, and provide an effective liaison with EI colleagues, funders and industrial partners. The post holder will take an active lead in recording, monitoring, and reporting on knowledge exchange and commercialisation activities at EI.

The ideal candidate:

Candidates should be educated to a degree level in life sciences, preferably at post-graduate level, or significant and relevant work experience in the life science sector. Extensive knowledge of public and private sector stakeholders and funding agendas is desirable.

Candidates should possess demonstrable experience of supporting a portfolio of projects and processes associated with the commercialisation of research and knowledge exchange. Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to liaise with people at all levels of seniority, including with those in technical and non-technical roles, are core requirements for this position. The successful applicant will also possess good written and oral communication and presentation skills.

The candidate should have excellent planning, prioritisation and organisational skills, with the ability to deal with conflicting demands across multiple projects and partnerships.

Ability to work autonomously and provide input at senior management level are the core requirements of this position.

Additional information:

Salary on appointment will be within the range £31,625 to £38,575 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.  This is a fixed term post until 31st March 2022 in the first instance. We welcome applications from individuals seeking full or part time work; please specify in your supporting statement whether you prefer full or part time hours.

Interviews are expected to take place on Wednesday 29th January 2020.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy.


Closing date: 
Sunday, January 19, 2020
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