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Ref 136 (Senior) Licensing & Ventures Manager - Physics, Engineering and Computer Science - now filled

Are you motivated by turning University research into inventions that address real world needs?

Would you like to join a team of outstanding people in Oxford University Innovation (OUI), one of the best research and commercialisation offices in the business?

With one foot in academia and the other in industry, OUI’s professionals undertake a wide variety of tasks. From licensing University ideas, and finding investment for spinout companies, to setting up social enterprises and supporting student entrepreneurship, University innovation is the magic behind the scenes that turns ideas born in a university into companies and technologies that look to have a positive and transformative economic and societal impact on the wider world.

The Opportunity
The successful candidate will work within a talented and experienced team in the Licensing & Ventures Group, focusing on commercialising technologies developed predominantly from Engineering, Physics and Computer Science. The key responsibilities of the role are:

  • Working with and influencing world-leading academics to commercialise new technologies
  • Identifying and executing new commercial strategies for transferring technologies to industry
  • Negotiating appropriate licensing contracts, in conjunction with legal experts
  • Supporting the formation of spinout companies.

The Applicant

The successful applicant will have an engineering, physics, computer sciences or mathematics degree (or equivalent) with a PhD or MBA desirable but not essential. However, it is essential that you will have a good appreciation of research and development in a physical sciences field gained either in a commercial or technical role. You should also demonstrate a passion for entrepreneurship and enterprise, ideally also possessing some experience of related activities and with the ambition to achieve results. You will also need to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills and strong verbal and written communication skills.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for this role, please download the application form from the Oxford University Innovation website (www.innovation.ox.ac.uk) and send together with a copy of your CV and covering letter to Sarah Barton.

Salary for this role is commensurate with experience and will be in the range of £35,000-£50,000.

The closing date is midday on Wednesday, 21st March 2018.
Oxford University Innovation is an Equal Opportunities Employer and accredited with the Investors in People Silver status.

Ref 130 Licensing & Ventures Manager (Social Sciences and Humanities) - now filled

Oxford University Innovation Ltd is the highly successful technology transfer company owned by the University of Oxford, commercialising the research generated by the University. Working with over four thousand of the world’s brightest minds, Oxford University helps translate their ideas and expertise into projects that make a tangible difference to businesses, governments and society through licensing and the formation of spin-out and start-up companies.

The Licensing & Ventures Group has an exciting opportunity to work closely with the Social Sciences and Humanities Divisions. We are looking for an individual who can focus on creating sustainable social, economic and commercial impact from the outcomes of the University’s research. 

The key responsibilities of the role are:

  • Working with and influencing world-leading academics to create positive impact from University research and expertise
  • Building a collaborative relationship with the Divisional Offices and the Business Engagement Team in Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Working closely and collaboratively with OUI Consulting Services
  • Growing a portfolio of projects and collaborators from the Social Sciences and Humanities Divisions, and identifying sustainable commercial strategies to support this portfolio
  • Negotiating appropriate licensing contracts, in conjunction with legal experts
  • Managing the formation of spin-out companies
  • Managing and administering post-deal activity.

The successful candidate will ideally have a PhD in Social Sciences or Humanities (or an MBA or equivalent). A strong background in the commercialisation of IP from Social Sciences or Humanities is preferred. They should also have the ambition to achieve results, along with a commitment to integrity and sound commercial judgement.

The successful candidate will also need to demonstrate proven competence in:

  • Grasping new concepts quickly, and translating these into commercially viable proposals
  • Working effectively and collaboratively with key stakeholders, and where appropriate showing tenacity and persistence in business development situations
  • Deploying excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Successfully negotiating and licensing commercial contracts with relevant industry sectors
  • Working successfully within a close-knit team
  • Managing a large portfolio of complex projects to a successful commercial conclusion.

How to apply: If you are interested in applying for this role, please download the application form from the Oxford University Innovation website (www.innovation.ox.ac.uk) and send together with a copy of your CV and covering letter to Sarah Barton.

The closing date is midday on Tuesday, 16th January 2018.

Salary for this role is commensurate with experience and is likely to be in the range of £35,000-£42,000.

OUI is an Equal Opportunities Employer and accredited with the Investors in People Silver status.

Ref 128 Licensing & Ventures Manager (Life Sciences) - now filled

Oxford University Innovation Ltd is the highly successful technology transfer company owned by the University of Oxford, commercialising the research generated by the University. Working with over four thousand of the world’s brightest minds, Oxford University Innovation helps translate their ideas and expertise into projects that make a tangible difference to businesses and governments through technology licensing and the formation of spin-out companies.

The Licensing and Ventures Group is now operating in an unprecedented investment ecosystem and has an exciting opportunity for the successful applicant to join its highly motivated team in Oxford and play a pivotal role in commercialising deals. We are looking for a Licensing & Ventures Manager who can focus on commercialising the outcomes of the University’s research in Life Sciences. 

The key responsibilities of the role are:

  • Working with and influencing world-leading academics to commercialise new university technologies in the areas of drug discovery/development, biomarkers, diagnostics, medical devices and more
  • Identifying commercial strategies for transferring technologies to industry, including marketing to potential end-users
  • Negotiating appropriate licensing contracts, in conjunction with legal experts
  • Managing the formation of a spin-out company and running programmes that involve a variety of interdependent projects
  • Managing and administering post-deal activity.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD (or equivalent) in a Life Science discipline and commercial experience in industry and must have the ambition and track record to achieve results, along with a commitment to integrity and sound commercial judgement. Commercial experience in sectors such as medical technologies, diagnostics, healthcare technologies and pharmaceuticals is desirable and candidates should be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the steps required to translate scientific innovation into commercial products. 

The successful candidate will also need to demonstrate proven competence in:

  • Grasping technical concepts quickly, and translating these into commercially viable proposals
  • Working effectively with key stakeholders, assertively influencing them and where appropriate showing tenacity and persistence in business development situations
  • Deploying excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Identifying commercial strategies for transferring technologies to industry, including marketing to potential end-users
  • Working successfully within a close-knit team and managing a large portfolio of projects to a successful commercial conclusion.

How to apply: If you are interested in applying for this role, please download the application form from the Oxford University Innovation website (www.innovation.ox.ac.uk) and send together with a copy of your CV and covering letter to Sarah Barton.

Salary for this role is commensurate with experience and will be in the range of £35,000-40,000

The closing date is midday on Wednesday, 18 April 2018.

OUI is an Equal Opportunities Employer and accredited with the Investors in People Silver status.

Deputy Head of Technology Transfer (Life Sciences) Ref 120 (now filled)

Oxford University Innovation Ltd (OUI) is the highly successful technology transfer company owned by the University of Oxford, commercialising the research generated by the University. Working with over four thousand of the world’s brightest minds at the world’s foremost University, our Licensing & Ventures Group turns research into new spin-out companies, licences and services to businesses and institutions. Oxford University Innovation is a leader in its field of licensing and venturing.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an exceptional Deputy Head of Technology Transfer (Life Sciences) who will work closely with his/her counterparts in Physical Sciences to lead, manage and coach a team of highly qualified and driven Technology Transfer Managers to deliver a range of objectives.

This role will report into the Head of Technology Transfer (Life Sciences) and will include working with and influencing world-leading academics to commercialise their technologies by defining commercial strategies, protecting and managing IP, and marketing and selling the technologies.

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Managing a significant team project portfolio to achieve a successful performance, and to budget
  • Managing the relationship between OUI and the inventor(s)
  • Acting as a spin-out company Board level observer/director, where appropriate
  • Acting as an ambassador for Oxford University Innovation and the University of Oxford, raising its profile within the innovation ecosystem.

The successful candidate will play a leading role in managing the commercialisation of life sciences technologies at the University of Oxford and in developing resources and networks (internal and external) to optimise this process. The successful candidate must have relevant industry experience and will ideally have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline and/or an MBA. They must also have the ability to inspire a team, possess strong people management skills and the ambition to achieve results, along with a commitment to integrity and sound commercial judgement.

The successful candidate will also need to demonstrate proven competence in:

  • Leading and coaching highly capable professionals in a high performance team
  • Working effectively with key stakeholders, assertively influencing them and, where appropriate, show tenacity and persistence in business development situations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and very strong communication skills, both verbally and in writing
  • Successfully negotiating contracts with relevant industry sectors.

How to apply: If you are interested in applying for this role, please download the application form from the Oxford University Innovation website (www.innovation.ox.ac.uk) and send together with a copy of your CV and covering letter to Sarah Barton at innovation@rbasearch.co.uk.

The closing date is midday on Tuesday 29th August 2017.

Salary for this role is commensurate with experience and is likely to be in the range of £55,000–£65,000.

This role will be advertised internally and externally.

Oxford University Innovation is an Equal Opportunities Employer and accredited with the Investors in People Silver status.

Interview dates:

1st interviews: Friday 8th September 2017

2nd Interviews: Friday 15th September 2017

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