Brownfield Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC) Knowledge Transfer Manager

University of Wolverhampton - School of Architecture and the Built Environment

Faculty of Science and Engineering

This position is temporary until 30th September 2020

The BRIC project aims to create a new research Centre of Excellence based in the University’s planned development on the Springfield Campus in the centre of Wolverhampton.  A team of researchers, academics and knowledge transfer specialists will establish the Centre, supplemented by additional university expertise as necessary.  The Centre has received £3.2million of ERDF grant to fund the staffing and equipping of the Centre, with the remit to both build a brownfield knowledge hub for the region, and to directly support businesses in the Black Country.

The Research and Innovation Centre will be created to form the essential and much-needed core of Brownfield expertise in the Black Country sub-region. The centre will develop a knowledge bank on remediation best practice, and will share gathered intelligence and expertise with stakeholders in both the public and private sectors to identify, research and support regional demand for release of brownfield land for development.

Target beneficiaries include local enterprises, including the Black Country local authorities, large contractors and SME’s seeking improved links with the University on brownfield remediation and interested in engaging in research collaborations with the Centre. BRIC will be investing in scanning and testing facilities to support existing soils, materials and bioremediation expertise to bring together a team of sufficient size and with the necessary resources to tackle the Black Country’s complex brownfield challenges. The ultimate beneficiary is the Black Country environment, benefiting from the Centre supporting the process of bringing de-contaminated land back into use for development, and therefore attracting investment into development in the region.

The new Centre will be based initially on Wolverhampton City Campus, with a planned move to the Springfield Campus once completed. All roles are part funded by the European Regional Development Fund with funding secured to 30th September 2020.

Knowledge Transfer Manager

The KT Manager will act as the focal point for the delivery of the BRIC business support strand, managing  all SME support projects, assessing companies coming into the project, and arrange delivery of business assists to a range of companies drawing on the resources provided by BRIC i.e. professors and research staff to support this.

You will be responsible for ensuring  that SME’s get the best support possible from the project, maximising the maximise the knowledge transfer opportunities for both SME’s and universities involved by engaging academic staff in the project, training, mentoring and giving feedback on business relationship skills.

You will be expected to develop, deliver (with others) and manage a series of Brownfield related workshops as a means of attracting SME’s to the project, and be able to support SME’s and large companies to access further university support e.g. KT projects, apprenticeships, training etc.

You will also support the Project Manager in maintaining excellent industrial links with the market drivers for remediation of land and buildings in the Black Country.

For more information about this post and to apply on line, go to our website www.wlv.ac.uk/jobs

The University of Wolverhampton values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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