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Knowledge Transfer Manager - Synthetic Biology
Flexible. Home-based or working from one of KTN office locations: in London, Edinburgh, or Harwell.
£30-£47,000 depending on experience
a month ago
Applications close:
17 November 2017

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with current and relevant knowledge and experience in synthetic biology principles and technologies to join the chemistry and industrial biotechnology (IB) team in providing business support to companies working within the bioeconomy, with focus on KTN activities in bioscience using industries and specifically synthetic biology, which includes working closely with external stakeholders. Bioscience includes key enabling technologies such as microbiology, synthetic biology, fermentation, cell technologies, molecular biology, enzymology, bioengineering and systems biology and bioinformatics, which spans a number of industry and market sectors. Thus an interest in one or more of these areas is needed.

The role will facilitate business growth and help drive knowledge transfer between the science base and industry, promote networking and stimulate innovation relevant to bioscience generally and synthetic biology, specifically users and enablers. You will help catalyse the development of new technology-enabled products and processes across a wide range of sectors and industries that will benefit business, the economy, the environment and society.

The post will be varied, working with businesses across the bio economy, but with a focus on opportunities driven by industrial challenges and driving the uptake of IB across the chemistry-using industries and supporting companies wishing to utilise IB but have no experience in doing so. An appreciation of or experience in the use of biosciences within industry, particularly the exploitation of microbiological processes, is needed.


Key Accountabilities

  1. Deliver the work programme of the Synthetic Biology Special Interest Group (synbio SIG), focussing on all aspects of synthetic biology.
  2. Support development and implementation of future strategy and work programmes for the synbio SIG in agreement with stakeholders and team members.
  3. Identify and monitor trends and opportunities for innovation in synthetic biology and biosciences in general through interaction with business and the technology base.
  4. Ensure that industry is aware of the funding opportunities within the synthetic biology research and innovation sphere.
  5. Facilitate networking opportunities for industry to meet with peers and potential collaborators through the organisation of workshops and other meetings etc.
  6. Active promotion of opportunities and relevant activities within the area of synthetic biology through various media.
  7. Visit companies, research institutions and universities, mainly within the UK, to understand their R&D needs and innovation capabilities.

Job Responsibilities

  • Work with the broader chemistry and industrial biotechnology, as well as agrifood, health and materials teams to understand the technology needs of UK Industry and the scientific capabilities of the research base, facilitating the transfer of knowledge within and between these groups and the establishment of collaborations
  • Help understand and facilitate access to knowledge transfer support mechanisms for businesses and to help develop funding and investment applications
  • Be an integral part of the wider KTN team to help catalyse new commercial opportunities across the current and future synthetic biology and bioscience using sectors and to help increase awareness and uptake of bioscience capabilities in manufacturing processes
  • Assist in promoting the use of bioscience and especially synthetic biology to the health and life sciences, chemicals and chemistry using industries in the UK. This will include visiting companies and assisting with technical queries of how synthetic biology and bioscience more generally can help their specific business. This will involve working with colleagues in other areas of KTN to identify potential companies for both technology provision and end users
  • Market the benefits of KTN and innovation within a business context to the UK bioscience using industries including the preparation of promotional material and the use of various media
  • Display and maintain a good scientific and technical awareness in a broad range of topics of relevance to the UK bioscience and bioengineering capability
  • Liaise closely with KTN staff in all sectors to ensure a good understanding of other industry activities, to ensure well informed and integrated working
  • Contribute to and lead on the writing of articles for newsletters, other media and blogs of interest to our members
  • Organise meetings, workshops, networking events and exchange programmes in a variety of commercial and scientific areas
  • Undertake necessary administrative duties including the timely completion of accurate reports, meeting minutes and expenses
  • Work within the KTN structure in a flexible manner, e.g. take part in joint activities with colleagues in other teams and pro-actively contribute to cross sector and cross team initiatives

Download the full job description here.

How to apply

Please send your CV & covering letter to by 17th November 2017.

If you would like additional information about the job, please contact Steve Fletcher at KTN.

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