Head of Research Commercialisation and Impact
Research & Innovation Services, Cardiff University
Cardiff University is currently recruiting to this key role. The successful candidate will lead our high-performing team which commercialises research results via patenting, licensing and the creation of new spin-out companies and new ventures. They will also be responsible for the University’s incubator facilities in the new Sbarc building on the Cardiff Innovation Campus and the Medicentre on the Heath Park site. The remit includes a dedicated sub-team supporting impact and engagement across all academic disciplines.
To ensure that new opportunities with commercial potential are appropriately supported and funded the appointee will use internal impact acceleration (e.g. UKRI sourced) and Research Wales Innovation Fund (HEFCW) RWIF investments to best effect and will secure appropriate external co-investment. They will influence and shape best practice and relevant policy in Wales, the UK and more widely, representing the University nationally and internationally.
The successful candidate will have the ability to collaborate effectively with senior University managers and broader teams within the institution, exhibiting a high level of partnership working with organisations that can support research commercialisation and impact, in particular with the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, Welsh Government, UK Research and Innovation and its constituent organisations, private sector businesses, venture capitalists, business angels, public, private and third sector funds and investors, the SETsquared Partnership and professional bodies such as PraxisAuril. They will also act as managing director of the University’s wholly owned patenting and licensing company, UC3 Limited (‘UC3’), taking responsibility for the company’s planning, operational delivery, outcomes and budget, reporting regularly to the board and into the University’s governance structures.
To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:
Dr David Bembo, Director, Research & Innovation Services
Salary: from £66,777 to £75, 202
Closing date: 30th April 2021
Originating organisation: Cardiff University