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Knowledge Exchange Executive

The Pirbright Institute - Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation

Location: Pirbright
Salary: £32,361 + with higher remuneration considered depending on experience and qualifications (Band D)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 8th July 2019
Expires: 8th September 2019
Job Ref: 19P-66

The Pirbright Institute

The Pirbright Institute delivers world-leading research to understand, predict, detect and respond to viral disease outbreaks. We study viruses of livestock that are endemic and exotic to the UK, including zoonotic viruses, by using the most advanced tools and technologies to understand host-pathogen interactions in animals and arthropod vectors.

Organisation Position and Purpose       

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and resourceful individual to be involved in the knowledge exchange and commercialisation team. The team provides the Institute with the necessary support and continuity for existing technology transfer and commercialisation activities and develops new initiatives in knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KE&C).

Main Duties and Responsibility

This post will work on a range of activities including:

  • Identification and management of Intellectual Property
  • Identification and establishment of new opportunities in KE&C.
  • Help manage the existing portfolio of contracts and collaborations with commercial partners, non-governmental agencies and public sector organisations
  • Provide project management support to research scientists engaged with commercially sponsored R&D

This job description is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager.

All employees shall actively participate in the Institute-wide quality assurance system in conjunction with the Institute’s Quality Manager. Employees are also expected to safeguard their own health and safety and security.

Personal Specification

Specific skills


  • Ability to work in a team, independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to influence and persuade through written and oral means
  • Highly organised with an ability to prioritise work and work to strict deadlines
  • IT skills in particular Microsoft packages including (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

Personal Skills


  • Time management skills
  • Reliability under pressure
  • Decision making and problem solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • Highly developed negotiation and conciliation skills

Qualifications and Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Public sector or commercial life sciences experience
  • Experience in IP management or commercialisation


  • Experience with IP contract negotiations
  • Experience in project management

Specific Requirements

Capacity to travel within UK and occasional overnight stays.

What We Offer

  • Generous Group Personal Pension Scheme and life cover (subject to age and earnings)
  • 25 days annual leave per annum, pro rata, plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Pirbright gym with subsidised membership
  • Pirbright social club
  • Pirbright Lifestyle Hub (employee discount site)
  • Cycle to work
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Childcare allowance
  • Free onsite parking

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