Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC249375
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £48202 - £53558
Date Posted 15 May 2019
Grade RC-F
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 09 June 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £48,202 - £53,558
Grade: F
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date:9th June 2019


The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research laboratories. Through combining world leading facilities with major national and international collaborations and a highly talented work force we are driving ground breaking advances in science and technology.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Business Development Team, part of the Business and Innovations Directorate (BID) at STFC as a Business Development Manager for the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source. ISIS is a world-leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences, producing beams of neutrons and muons that allow scientists to study materials at the atomic level. It supports a national and international community of more than 3000 visiting scientists per year, from industry and academia, who use ISIS for research in physics, chemistry, materials science, geology, engineering and biology.

BID’s role is to maximize the impact of STFC’s expertise, facilities and intellectual property.

In particular, the BD team seek out new opportunities for STFC’s operating departments and facilities to build and develop industrial partnerships which fit with STFC’s strategy, provide solutions to industrial challenges and thereby deliver impact to the UK economy.

The Business Development Manager for the ISIS Neutron and Muon source will work with and support the scientific and engineering staff to understand how the facility can help address the many and varied challenges faced by industry, and to grow and build relationships with industry and maximize their impact.

 List of Duties/Work Programme/Responsibilities:

  • coordinating and building industrial engagement activities in ISIS
  • working closely with the expert beamline scientists to understand and support their work and identify future opportunities
  • in collaboration with beamline scientists interacting with researchers and scientists within the User community, developing partnerships with key universities with complementary
  • skills and capabilities and their industrial collaborators
  • support opportunities through all stages of development, from approval process to project completion/publication
  • identifying and attracting new industrial users to the facility
  • developing relationships with our existing industrial partners
  • pitching and presenting to STFC visitors and supporting VIP visits
  • fostering an engaged community of industrial users
  • fostering teaming arrangements for specific collaborative opportunities involving industrial partners
  • developing the ISIS business engagement plan
  • working across the STFC facilities to identify opportunities for cross-facility collaboration
  • working across UKRI to identify opportunities for cross-Council collaboration
  • identifying opportunities for Challenge-led research funds such as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund
  • activity reporting to BID & ISIS line management and senior staff
  • working with BID/ISIS and wider STFC impact teams to ensure impact is captured and communicated effectively
  • supporting the other modes of STFC commercialisation through licensing, spin-out or development of the STFC campuses.

Contacts and Communication:

  • the position is based at the Harwell campus but will require travelling to other STFC institutions and other locations for conferences and business meetings
  • you will communicate extensively with the scientific staff in ISIS in order to identify opportunities and deliver commercial impact
  • you will be required to communicate and work with all different levels of personnel through the whole of the STFC organisation; legal and commercial, finance, contracts, admin, estates, etc
  • you will report to Dr Chris Frost Industrial Liaison ISIS and Prof. Ric Allott, Director of Business Development BID, and will work closely with the ISIS senior management team
  • you will liaise closely with other parts of the Business and Innovations Department including the Innovation and Campus Development teams.

Personal Skills and Attributes:

  • detailed scientific understanding of neutron techniques
  • highly developed interpersonal and networking skills
  • outcome focused
  • scientific or technical background in a relevant scientific discipline
  • ability to present to and negotiate with customers
  • high level of negotiating, persuasion and influencing skills
  • ability to think strategically and contribute to corporate activities
  • excellent leadership/management ability and experience
  • strong communication, relationship-building with key stakeholders (internal and external), including the ability to align and inspire others
  • excellent team working ability and collaboration skills, with a high degree of corporate commitment
  • high degree of resilience.

Any other Relevant Information

  • a keen interest in the science performed at STFC is vital
  • you should have an understanding of the general strategy of STFC, how this fits in the context of UKRI and the importance of generating impact from the scientific programme.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting Criteria:



  • degree in physical sciences or engineering or equivalent experience
  • experience of research and/or development using neutrons or muons.


  • PhD in physical science discipline
  • membership of professional institution.

Knowledge and Experience:


  • strong technical background
  • experience in a technical research environment.


  • experience of building collaborations
  • experience in an industrial research environment
  • experience of leading a small team
  • experience of producing business plans.

Interview Criteria:

Personal skills/qualities


  • self-starter
  • completer/finisher
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of academic/industrial research using neutron/muon experimental techniques
  • ability to plan projects
  • ability to lead with and without direct management authority
  • ability to communicate technical concepts clearly to any audience
  • strong influencing and interpersonal skills, including interacting with scientists and technologists
  • credibility with senior level audiences
  • significant time spent operating at the academic/industrial interface.


  • demonstrable network of industry contacts
  • experience in negotiating collaborative agreements between industry and academia
  • familiarity with UKRI and STFC vision
  • ability to present management information and negotiate with customers
  • experience of producing business plans
  • basic understanding of IPR
  • experience in securing funding for research programmes from public and private sources
  • understanding of early stage technology management.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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