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Director of Innovation and Business

UCL - UK Dementia Research Institute Headquarters

Dementia is the greatest health challenge of our century. 

To date there is no way to prevent it or even slow its progression, and there is an urgent need to fill the knowledge gap in our basic understanding of the diseases that cause it.

The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the biggest UK initiative driving forward research to fill this gap.

The UK DRI Headquarters team is based at UCL yet works across all six of the UK DRI host institutions.  Collectively the HQ team is responsible for making the distributed UK DRI community function as a single institute, with a shared culture of intensely collaborative research.

The UK DRI is seeking a Director of Innovation and Business to cover a period of maternity leave. The Director of Innovation and Business is a critical role within the UK DRI HQ team, responsible for leading our Innovation and Business team and overseeing our Technology Transfer (TT) policies and procedures. This is an exciting opportunity, and you’ll be involved in a variety of key areas including managing our TT activities, educating our research community on TT potential, negotiating and managing licences and other partnerships, and building a valuable TT and IP portfolio across our host universities to fully exploit discoveries emerging from our world-class research activities.

You will have experience of designing and delivering a broad-based TT strategy within a biomedical operation, coupled with experience of identifying, protecting, and managing IP and out-licensing university discoveries and negotiating licenses, terms, awards and other contracts between academia and industry. You will have a good understanding of biomedical neuroscience, be adept at managing teams and resources, and have the ability and confidence to communicate, build relationships, and deal effectively and professionally with colleagues and external stakeholders at all levels.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

For a confidential discussion regarding the role, please contact Kay Penicud (UK DRI Director of Innovation and Business),

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Laura Allum (UK DRI Head of HR),

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Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59, Sunday 23 January 2022.

Interview date: Friday, 11 February 2022.

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Location: London
Salary: UCL Grade 10. The salary range will be competitive based on skills and experience., inclusive of London Allowance.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th January 2022
Closes: 23rd January 2022
Job Ref: 1881214
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