Translation Administrator (Maternity Cover)

The Francis Crick Institute - Translation Team

Reports to: Senior Business Manager

This is a full-time, fixed term position (maternity cover up to 12 months) on Crick Terms and Conditions of Employment.  There may be potential to extend for further 6 months.


A vacancy has arisen for a Translation Administrator within the Translation Team of the Francis Crick Institute.  The post provides administrative support for the Translation Team’s work on the protection and development of biological research arising from the Francis Crick Institute.

Key Responsibilities

These include but are not limited to;

  • Management of the team’s database, in order to record progression and track deadlines in relation to patents and translation projects (eg. internally funded proof-of-concept projects). This will require accurate data entry, document filing and report generation.
  • Patent administration, including payment of invoices and the management of patent formalities.
  • Licence agreement surveillance, including monitoring payment dates, raising of invoices and ensuring monies are received.
  • Administration of Rewards to Innovators, to ensure that where appropriate scientists receive reward from licence revenue.
  • Assisting with project management and minute-taking for translational projects, including proof-of-concept studies and collaborative projects between the Crick and commercial organisations.
  • Administration of translation training activities.

Key Experience And Competencies

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: Bold, Imaginative, Open, Dynamic and Collegial, in addition to the following:


  • A thorough understanding of the patent process and related formalities
  • An understanding of biology
  • Experience of database management, including data entry and report generation
  • Experience of invoicing and finance
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience of providing administrative support to a team


  • Experience of providing administrative support in a technology transfer office or patent firm.
  • Experience of project coordination
  • A qualification in biology (eg. BSc)
  • A qualification in the patent process or intellectual property (eg. CIPA’s Introduction to Patent Administration, Queen Mary’s PG Cert Intellectual Property)

About Us

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. Its work is helping to understand why disease develops and to translate discoveries into new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections, and neurodegenerative diseases.

An independent organisation, its founding partners are the Medical Research Council (MRC), Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, UCL (University College London), Imperial College London and King’s College London.

The Crick was formed in 2015, and in 2016 it moved into a brand new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility under a single roof in Europe.

The Francis Crick Institute will be world-class with a strong national role. Its distinctive vision for excellence includes commitments to collaboration; to developing emerging talent and exporting it the rest of the UK; to public engagement; and to helping turn discoveries into treatments as quickly as possible to improve lives and strengthen the economy.

Please note: all offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.

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