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Business Manager (NST Group)

A position exists for an experienced Business Manager, based in West Cambridge, who will work with and support the EU funded project 1D Nano-Electro-Optic Networks (1D-NEON) to identify and promote exploitation and dissemination of research and new technologies originating from the project consortium in the fields of electronic fibres and e-textiles.

The EU-funded project 1D-NEON is a 4-year, 9 million- Euro Innovation Action initiative, with 14 academic and industrial partners in 6 countries. The University of Cambridge is the co-ordinating organisation of this consortium. The vision of 1D-NEON proposal is to promote the creation of outstanding added value for the textile manufacturing industry by developing fibre-based smart materials along with an integrated technology platform for the manufacturing in Europe of a plethora of new products with multi-sectorial textile-based applications in consumer electronics, energy harvesting and storage, healthcare and assisted living, smart buildings, and sensors. Our design and manufacturing approach will address both technical performance and cost-effectiveness of innovative high-value textile products serving multi-sectorial applications that can be integrated safely into everyday objects for an improved quality of life.

We wish to appoint a professional dedicated to implement the project exploitation plan by developing collaborations with industry stakeholders 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 building on the 1D-NEON platform based on new e-fibre form factor devices and will be required to get familiar with the intellectual assets developed within the project and the University relevant for these application domains. The Business Manager must be proactive in developing connections with industry players, identifying company needs and facilitating initiatives for efficient transfer of assets and know-how. The Business Manager will be expected to communicate business needs and market drivers from industry to the stakeholders' community 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 12 months 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 Tuesday 19 February 2019. 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 NM17723 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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