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Business Developer/Research & Innovation Engineer in Optoelectronics and Photonics

A position exists for an experienced Business Developer/Research & Innovation Engineer (BD/RIE) who will work with and support both the Graphene Flagship (GF) and the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC) to identify and promote commercialisation of research and new technologies originating from the Graphene Flagship (GF) and the CGC in the fields of optoelectronics, photonics, flexible and wearable electronics.

The EU-funded Graphene Flagship is a 10-year, 1 billion- Euro research initiative, with over 150 academic and industrial partners in 23 countries. The Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC) is one of the founding members of the Graphene Flagship. The Mission of the GF and CGC is to take graphene and related materials (GRMs) from a state of raw potential to a point where they can revolutionize multiple industries. This may bring a new dimension to future technology, with a manifold return on the investment in terms of technological innovation, economic exploitation and societal benefits. This requires the focus of the GF and CGC to evolve over the years, placing more resources in areas where this transition is more likely.

We wish to appoint a professional dedicated to develop collaborations with industry to facilitate and maximize impact. Significant experience in dealing with new product and/or process development for industry is required, as well as previous exposure to company dynamics and the capability to bridge the gap between research and business goals. The role-holder will work in the broad areas of optoelectronics, photonics, flexible and wearable electronics and will be required to get familiar with the intellectual assets developed within the GF and CGC relevant for these application domains. The BD/RIE must be proactive in developing connections with industry players, identifying company needs and facilitating the generation of proposals for efficient transfer of assets and know-how. The BD/RIE is expected to communicate business needs and market drivers from industry to the GF and CGC and to generate co-creations activities.

The successful applicant will hold a degree level qualification in a scientific or technical subject relevant to the role's remit, at PhD Level or equivalent. Significant experience in dealing with new product and/or process development for industry is required. Knowledge of the patenting process, licensing or other aspects of technology transfer and experience in new business development and setting B2B or academic-industry collaborations is needed. Excellent communication and IT skills are essential, including knowledge of CAD and other relevant design software. Knowledge of IP management criteria and experience in negotiation and handling collaborations and reporting within EU projects is highly desirable.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 21 June 2018. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact the HR Office at the Department of Engineering (, 01223 332615) or Dr Luigi Occhipinti (

Please quote reference NM15639 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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