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Technical Knowledge Transfer Facilitator (Fixed Term)

The Isaac Newton Institute (INI) is a national and international visitor research centre running programmes on selected themes across the whole of the mathematical sciences, with applications in a very wide range of societal, scientific and technological areas. It has no involvement with teaching or examinations but attracts over 2000 leading scientists per year, both from the UK and from overseas, to interact on research over extended periods. Researchers are invited personally to participate in the research programmes and/or the workshops which form part of the Institute's activities.

The impact initiative of INI is the Turing Gateway to Mathematics (TGM), which runs around 20 events each year involving researchers and policy makers drawn from academia, business, industry and government departments. These events include consultations and workshops that form part of longer-term programmes of work. The total number of participants involved in these events over the year is approximately 800-1000. Most activities are based at the Isaac Newton Institute and Centre for Mathematical Sciences site, but some events are held at other locations through the UK.

An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a Technical Knowledge Transfer Facilitator, to work across both INI and TGM to provide technical support in relation to the expansion and diversification of the portfolio of activities of the TGM and INI. This will involve scientific and technical exploration and analysis of the research programmes and related activity, in particular the translation and dissemination of scientific details and information to a broader audience. The post holder will work with colleagues in the TGM to develop links between the mathematics that takes place at the Institute, and at the University of Cambridge and elsewhere, and external partners and stakeholders, including those from industry and commerce, policy makers and research funding bodies including the Research Councils. The role will also involve helping to initiate and maintain connections between mathematical scientists and potential users of mathematics, which is fundamental to the knowledge exchange and impact remit of the TGM. The postholder will also share responsibility for uncovering any possible industrial or commercial areas that have relevance to the ongoing TGM and INI activities and research programmes.

Applicants will need to have a degree in the mathematical sciences (or a cognate discipline), along with a good pass English GCSE or equivalent. A proven track record of exploration and analysis of scientific information, and the ability to be able to communicate complex information to a diverse audience is essential. The post holder will need excellent interpersonal skills with a confident and pro-active approach to dealing with people at all levels of seniority. The post holder will be required to work independently on their own initiative, as well as being part of a team.

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 7th October 2018.

If you wish to discuss this post please contact the Institute Administrator by sending an email to or by telephoning 01223 335981.

Interviews will take place w/c 22nd October 2018.

Please quote reference LN16669 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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