Commercialisation Associate (Consultancy and Research Tools): University of Cambridge Enterprise

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Would you like play an important role in helping to transfer the extensive knowledge and expertise embedded within the University of Cambridge for the benefit of the wider world? Commercialisation Associate (Consultancy and Research Tools)

Salary, circa £29,000 – £38,000 depending on experience

Based on the West Cambridge site, Madingley Road

Sitting at the heart of Europe’s most successful innovation cluster, Cambridge Enterprise is the commercialisation arm of the University of Cambridge, supporting academic staff and students in licensing their inventions, creating and funding new companies and providing consultancy services to industry, government and others.

We are looking for a Commercialisation Associate to join the Consultancy Services and Research Tools team. Since this role spans across two functions, it will be very varied and a great opportunity to develop a broad knowledge of commercialisation approaches. Not only will you be facilitating consultancy projects between University staff and external organisations through provision of support services, you will also be helping to license outputs from research that can be used as research tools (such as reagents and software). The team work with a wide range of external customers including national and international companies of all sizes, governments and charities and help support University staff across all disciplines. This creates a very interesting and varied role.

As a Commercialisation Associate your role would include negotiating terms with external clients, drafting contracts, monitoring projects, supporting the relationship between internal and external clients and helping to develop and promote the business.

Your Skills:

Ideally you will have a background in a life science. In addition, experience in a commercial, legal or research environment would be a strong advantage. You have an interest in entrepreneurship and managing and commercialisation of research. Perhaps you already have knowledge of the patenting process, licensing, or other aspects of technology transfer, and experience in a commercial environment. The ability to cope with a fast paced, high turnover environment is essential.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, well-organised candidate who has excellent communication skills. The ability to prioritise and to handle a number of projects in parallel, while maintaining an active customer focus, is key. Experience of handling and/or negotiating commercial contracts would be a real advantage but training will be provided.


Continuous development is key to the role. You will have on-the-job mentoring by some of the most experienced technology transfer/knowledge transfer professionals in the world, as well as access to a raft of training courses including the UK TT industry’s ‘gold standard’ courses run by PraxisAuril and courses run by ASTP (the pan European Associations for professionals involved in knowledge transfer).

Working for a subsidiary of the University of Cambridge, you will be offered a competitive salary with performance related pay, generous holiday, a University pension and a flexible working environment.

Interviews will be held on Thursday 31 January 2019 and second interviews are scheduled for Thursday 7 February 2019.

How to apply: Please visit and complete an online application. You will be asked to provide a copy of your CV and a cover letter.

If you have any questions please contact HR Manager Ruth Queen on +44 (0)1223 765789.

Closing date: 
Sunday, January 20, 2019
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