Project Manager - Chemistry, Biotech & Translational Funding (Maternity Cover)

The University of Manchester Innovation Factory (“UoMIF”) is the University of Manchester’s subsidiary responsible for identifying and leading the commercialisation of its innovations and intellectual property.


The University of Manchester is committed to generating world-class innovation that will create major social and economic benefit across the globe. The UoMIF works with academic inventors from the University to identify opportunities that have the potential to create social and economic impact. It then translates these into a form where they can be used by industry and society as a whole.

Access to innovations may be created via technology licensing or the formation of spin-out companies. The UoMIF aims to provide a world-class service to academic colleagues and to attract and engage with important external stakeholders including: industry; entrepreneurs; licensors and investors; and corporate venture partners.


Are you an entrepreneurial scientific professional with a passion for innovation?


We are searching for a dynamic entrepreneurial Project Manager who is a specialist in Chemistry and Biotech to cover a period of up to 12 months.

As a project ‘champion’ and expert in this area, you will be responsible for owning and driving opportunities through the UoMIF’s stage gate process.


You will be responsible for identifying opportunities and writing robust business cases/plans for successful spin-out businesses, or high value licensing opportunities.


Reporting to the Director of Operations, the Project Manager will ensure a steady flow of innovative projects which have the potential to generate significant market impact. They will regularly interact and engage with academics to promote new commercialisation initiatives and ensure that exciting innovative ideas are captured.


The candidate will be responsible for writing well structured, comprehensive business cases for each commercialisation opportunity. An understanding of global innovation themes in Chemistry and Biotech is essential as well as a strong technical background in the subject.


They will be able to demonstrate strong commercial acumen and be able to collaborate effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.


The Translational Funding apect of this role involves developing and maintaining close relationships with key individuals and organisations within the grant funding communities and to support ongoing engagement with these sources.

Additionally, the postholder shall maintain a database of translational funding, providing reports and information when required, e.g. future funding opportunities and grant funders T&Cs.


  • A Higher degree in Chemistry or Life Sciences is essential for this role.


This is an exciting time to join the UoMIF as we strive to become the number one University Technology Transfer organisation. As such, we are offering a competitive salary and benefits package as well as a genuine opportunity to develop your skills and career within a globally respected organisation.


To apply, or for more information regarding the role please contact

Closing date: 
Friday, December 4, 2020