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ENSA Impact Manager [Temporary Cover]


We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated person as ENSA Impact Manager to support the management of intellectual property and facilitate the application of discoveries for recognising impact. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a relevant scientific degree and an interest in the application of scientific discoveries to join an international programme of research with significant potential for positive impact on global food security.

Engineering the Nitrogen Symbiosis for Africa (ENSA) is an international partnership of 10 institutions led from the Crop Science Centre, part of the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge, with the goal of driving equity and sustainability in global food production, by developing alternatives to inorganic fertilisers to underpin crop production.

The Crop Science Centre strives to deliver impact for more sustainable and equitable agricultural systems, drawing on the world-class plant science research taking place at Cambridge University and the expertise in crop improvement at NIAB, the UK's primary field-testing organisation.

The successful candidate will report to Professor Giles Oldroyd, Director of the Crop Science Centre, and will have a central role in driving impact and outcomes in product development from the outputs of the ENSA project.

The post holder will work closely with our ENSA project funders and collaborating partners with the support of Cambridge Enterprise and other university offices to develop and implement an intellectual property strategy for ENSA. They will ensure that monitoring, reporting, and approval processes are established to ensure research outputs are efficiently reviewed ahead of publication or other potential disclosures and that patentable discoveries are protected in a timely fashion. They will also oversee appropriate approvals to ensure compliance prior to field trials in the UK.

The post holder will work closely with groups in the ENSA project to provide training in procedures required to meet the required standards of IP protection. They will provide guidance and training to ENSA researchers by reviewing impact case studies to maximise potential of their work for impact and improve the outcome of their research.

There will be an opportunity to engage with partners in target countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, and work with stakeholders in the private sector.

The successful candidate must have a background in Biology (educated to Degree level or higher), excellent communication skills and attention to detail. The ability to interact with stakeholders at different levels and across different organizations is key.

Project management experience would be an advantage. Some knowledge in the area of plant Intellectual Property management and the application of scientific discoveries would be advantageous but training will be given for those candidates without such prior knowledge. An understanding of the academic environment and its culture would be advantageous.

Temporary cover: This post is fixed-term for 1 year or the return of the post holder, whichever is the earlier.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society. We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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Please notice that if you have not received any news from us 1 month after the closing date you should consider that on this occasion your application has not been successful.

Please quote reference PD36810 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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