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Research Assistant/Associate in the Future of University Knowledge Exchange Data, Metrics and Performance Measurement (Fixed Term)

The University of Cambridge Policy Evidence Unit for University Commercialisation and Innovation (UCI) has become a leading UK centre providing robust evidence for university research commercialisation policy and practice.

A position exists for a Research Assistant/Associate* in UCI to deliver its work programme on the future of university knowledge exchange (KE) data, metrics and performance measurement. This has become a major interest for university funders worldwide. The outcomes of this work will directly influence what and how KE data is collected across the English university system in the future. Working closely with UK funders, data collection agencies, and others, the programme will include:

  • Developing frameworks to guide the search for new and improved KE data and metrics, building on the latest understanding of KE and advances in data collection/performance measurement systems
  • Engage a community around developing better national KE data and metrics
  • Propose data quality and interface standards to govern national data collection efforts and interoperability of data sources
  • Review existing data sources and identify opportunities for new data collection

The post holder will be located in West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role include: - A PhD (or be close to obtaining one) in a relevant discipline, or relevant research experience equivalent to a PhD - Experience of developing data-driven frameworks and analyses to inform decision-making - Strong motivation and interest in improving evidence to inform KE policy and practice - Excellent written skills and ability to communicate complex concepts to non-technical audiences - Proven ability to work collaboratively

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent research experience). Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £28,929 - £33,348 Research Associate: £35,308 - £43,155

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2025 in the first instance.

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If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Tomas Ulrichsen ( for queries about the nature of the role, or Geraldine Guceri ( for queries related to the application process.

Please quote reference NM36594 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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