The Institute of Cosmology & Gravitation (ICG) will host a Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Innovations Partnership Scheme (IPS) Fellowship focused on enhancing the innovation, knowledge exchange,potential arising from research in physics (especially astrophysics). The fellow will develop collaborative projects activity with industrial funders across the South-East Physics Network (SEPnet; www.sepnet.ac.uk) with a view to increasing the volume, depth and value of commercialization of this research. Key responsibilities will include the auditing of the breadth, depth and readiness of commercialization of physics research at Portsmouth and other SEPnet universities, identifying companies (of all sizes) and clarifying their business needs and knowledge exchange concepts that could be addressed through available academic research, and provide support and mentorship to increase the level of engagement (of all types) across SEPnet.
The fellow will be based at the ICG but interact with many stakeholders across the University of Portsmouth, STFC and SEPnet, and work in collaboration with Prof. Averil McDonald (SEPnet) and Prof. Seb Oliver (University of Sussex), and other IPS fellows in the region. The fellow will be expected to work independently and show a high level of motivation and entrepreneurialism. Ideally we are looking for someone with experience in business (technology/industrial/commercial) environment, with a track record in undertaking business development. The fellowship is jointly sponsored by STFC and SEPnet, in collaboration with the Faculty of Technology and Research and Innovation Service (RIS) at the University of Portsmouth.
A second similar post is being advertised concurrently at University of Sussex.
The fellowship is for four years with a start date as soon as 1st October 2014, though a later starting date is possible if necessary.
Informal enquiries are welcome to Prof. Bob Nichol (firstname.lastname@example.org)