Royce Research and Business Engagement Officer

The Henry Royce Institute (Royce), an EPSRC-funded national institute, supports advanced materials research and innovation. With its Hub at The University of Manchester, the Institute has spokes at nine Partner and Associate organisations: the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Cambridge, Cranfield, Strathclyde Oxford and Imperial College London, as well as at the UK Atomic Energy Authority and National Nuclear Laboratory. Royce, driven by a vision of ‘advanced materials for a sustainable society’, supports the UK in growing its world-leading research and innovation in advanced materials.

Royce is seeking a Research and Business Engagement (RBE) Officer to work as a part of an integrated team to proactively identify, approach and engage with companies, Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and other research-focused organisations to help advance Advanced Materials research and innovation and to win business through collaborations. The post holder will play a pivotal role in contributing to the strategic development, management and delivery of research and business engagement activities including establishing and coordinating national Research Core Area community networks, building and supporting a diverse range of research communities, encouraging inter-disciplinary working across traditional boundaries and identifying and delivering facilities access models for business across the UK. Knowledge of the biomedical/materials sector would be extremely beneficial.

This is a key role within Royce that requires a highly motivated individual with significant experience of working within a Higher Education Institution or similar organisational environment and a strong commercial acumen to support translation and commercialisation of academic research. The post holder will contribute significantly to the Royce research and innovation activities including the development and response to strategic industrial collaborative funding opportunities; facilitating collaborative links and interactions within the Royce partnership and with external industry partners and external funding agencies. The post holder will be exposed to a breadth of world-class research, the opportunity to work with some of the leading academics in advanced materials research as well as working alongside major global industrial companies. They will have excellent analytical skills and will be a strategic thinker to contribute to the development and implementation of Royce’s Research and Innovation strategy. Excellent communication skills are also essential to establish effective relationships and build a network of relevant contacts across the Royce partnership, including academics and Professional Services (PS) colleagues.

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What can you expect in return
The University will actively foster a culture of inclusion and diversity and will seek to achieve true equality of opportunity for all members of its community.

What you will get in return:

Fantastic market leading Pension scheme

Excellent employee health and wellbeing services including an Employee Assistance Programme

Exceptional starting annual leave entitlement, plus bank holidays

Additional paid closure over the Christmas period

Local and national discounts at a range of major retailers

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Hybrid working arrangements may be considered.

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Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Name: To request an informal discussion about the role with the Research and Business Engagement Manager, Lisa Hearty, please contact Oliver Drakeford (Project Administrator and PA)




Closing date: 
Monday, May 20, 2024
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