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As a partnership of nine leading institutions, the Henry Royce Institute is driven by its people – both researchers and operational teams – that support our materials science agenda and enable successful collaboration with industry.

At the heart of the Royce is a culture that respects diversity, engenders trust, and supports the success of individuals and institutions. Each Partner institution facilitates a collaborative network, incorporating industry, academia and other stakeholders in the materials community.

We recognise the power of connecting people and ideas, and aspire to be an international flagship for materials scientists.

Prof. David Knowles
CEO, Henry Royce Institute

Head of Business Engagement

Location: Manchester
Closing date: 09/07/2020
Salary: £52,559 to £62,727 per annum (according to relevant experience)
Employment type: Fixed Term
Hours per week: Full Time
Contract Duration: 3 years in the first instance

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The Henry Royce Institute (the Royce) is the UK’s home for Advanced Materials research, innovation and commercialisation. With its hub at The University of Manchester campus, the Institute has spokes at eight partner institutions: the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London, as well as at the UK Atomic Energy Authority and National Nuclear Laboratory. Through its vision of ‘Advanced Materials for a Sustainable Society’, the £235m institute will allow the UK to grow its world-leading research and innovation base in advanced materials science, an area which is fundamental to all industrial sectors and the national economy.

As we move into our new £105m Hub Building, this is an exciting opportunity to play a leading role as the Royce establishes itself as the UK centre for catalysing industrial collaboration and the exploitation of advanced materials research. We are looking for an experienced professional to work with the CEO to instigate, drive and deliver a cohesive technology translation and commercialisation strategy for the institute, to network nationally with relevant academic, government and industry partners, and to manage a team of research and business development staff.

As part of the Royce Senior Leadership Team, the Head of Business Engagement will take a strategic lead in delivering the Royce’s industry collaboration, research development and foresighting programmes, and will implement a translation strategy to maximise the exploitation of research and technologies. You will negotiate and manage industrial research collaborations, ensuring that projects are established and coordinated appropriately and that deliverables are met and reported. You will also build and maintain strong relationships with the relevant funding bodies, government departments and policy-makers so that the Royce can both drive and capitalise on policy changes.

Experience of working in an interdisciplinary research environment, and a degree or equivalent in science, engineering or a relevant discipline are both essential requirements. You will have a track record of success in coordinating large funding proposals and bids, or of securing external income, and you will be target-driven with a good understanding of how companies engage with academic partners. Your relationship management and influencing skills will be key in this role, combined with interpersonal skills that focus on clarity, simplicity and results.

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Name: David Knowles – CEO, Henry Royce Institute
VIA michelle.swift-2@manchester.ac.uk

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Project Manager | Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub

Location: Manchester
Closing date: 14/07/2020
Salary: £32,816 to £40,322 per annum (according to relevant experience)
Employment type: Fixed Term
Hours per week: Full Time
Contract Duration: ASAP until 30 May 2023

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The Henry Royce Institute’s Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub (SMIH) supports small to medium businesses from across Greater Manchester to find and adopt sustainable innovations to their materials needs. It will achieve this by bringing together materials science expertise and business intelligence to offer a defined workflow of ‘Advice’, ‘Assess’ and ‘Innovate’ to understand where businesses can make efficiencies, realise opportunities and avoid unintended consequences in their plastics and materials management, whether this be through adopting new sustainable materials, innovating in waste management, or promoting material circularity.

Royce seeks a Project Manager to be responsible for managing the project through developing and managing all operational and financial processes. Importantly, you will be responsible for ensuring funder monitoring, compliance and reporting requirements are met. You will be organised, with proven planning and communications skills and will be a key member of the team, essential to the successful delivery of the project.

A track record of working on complex, multi-disciplinary projects with multiple partners and of managing processes involving a range of users, customers or stakeholders is essential. You will have strong financial management skills and an understanding of the operational processes related to grant management. You will be able to manage your time and prioritise tasks with minimal supervision, demonstrating a high level of self-motivation. Specific experience of managing ESIF/ERDF projects and knowledge of state aid rules is strongly desirable.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Lisa Hearty – Business Development Manager

Email: lisa.hearty@manchester.ac.uk

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Advanced Materials Research Manager

Location: Leeds
Closing date: 12/07/2020
Salary: £33,797 to £40,322 per annum (according to relevant experience)
Employment type: Fixed Term
Hours per week: Full Time
Contract Duration: Until 30 May 2022

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As Research Manager, you will provide professional support to the Director of the Bragg Centre for Materials Research and the Centre’s research and innovation team to ensure engagement with, and effective promotion of, the Centre from those both within and beyond the University of Leeds. Your role will be vital in engaging the Centre’s 200 members and external partners, and to build on the Centre’s reputation as a place in which to conduct world-leading science and engineering. You will work closely with the Henry Royce Institute of Advanced Materials, of which Leeds is a founding member, as well as supporting a small number of large strategic research programmes in the University such as the EPSRC HyperTerahertz project.

The role will embrace substantive management, engagement, reporting and administrative functions, and necessitate interactions with a wide range of stakeholders across and beyond the University of Leeds including senior academics and early career researchers, industrial partners, marketing and communications, facility managers and technical staff, research and innovation professionals, and professional support staff. The role will also include engagement with external stakeholders including our partners in the Royce Institute and on research programmes, industry, and international collaborators.

You will be supported in your role by a Centre Administrator, who you will line manage.

As Research Manager, you will have significant professional, service and project management experience, and be able effectively to represent and promote the Centre and allied research programmes and communicate their strengths. Management and/or administrative experience in a Higher Education institution, or equivalent, is desirable, along with strong leadership skills and the ability to develop and implement new processes to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Centre. You will possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, be able to show initiative and creativity, and have the ability to deal diplomatically and effectively with a range of stakeholders both internal and external to the University.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Mike Daw, Senior Research & Innovation Development Manager, Bragg Centre & Royce at Leeds
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2346
Email: m.j.daw@leeds.ac.uk

Professor Edmund Linfield, Professor of Terahertz Electronics and Director of the Bragg Centre for Materials Research, School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2015
Email: e.h.linfield@leeds.ac.uk

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