Saturday, October 1 2022

Life Sciences Company

Location: Campus Highfield

Salary: Competitive: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience (level 7)
Full-time fixed term

Closing Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Date of interview: be confirmed

Reference: 1926222BJ

Type of employment: Full-time term, but part-time will be considered. The position is currently funded for 2 years until the end of November 2024. There is potential for an additional 3-year extension initially subject to funder review.

The National Biofilm Innovation Center (NBIC) is an Innovation and Knowledge Center (IKC) funded by BBSRC and Innovate UK. It represents university-business connectivity which is one of the largest knowledge exchange consortia of its kind in the UK operating in an area with a global economic impact of $5 billion. The NBIC Consortium comprises four core Russell Group research institutes (Universities of Southampton, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Nottingham) and a wider partnership of collaborating institutions (currently 59) across the UK. Through its national and international collaborative networks and industry base of more than 150 partner companies ranging from SMEs to large multinationals, NBIC is creating a world-class research and industry fusion to deliver breakthrough technologies in control and monitoring. exploitation of biofilms.

The CEO will be a proven leader with experience working in the innovation landscape and successfully leading cross-functional teams. They will have a solid understanding of the business functions needed to bring a product to market. An understanding of the interplay between these functions and the benefit to public-private partnership of the role that academic research brings to the R&D process would be beneficial.

The successful candidate will be able to establish and negotiate industry linkages at the highest level and assess where NBIC could add value. The CEO will implement and contribute to the NBIC strategy developed by the Executive Management Team (EMT) and the governance structure of the NBIC. The EMT will include the CEO and the four co-academic directors and will provide an ambitious research, innovation and training strategy. EMT has provided leadership in achieving the strategic goals of the IKC and is responsible for ensuring that the NBIC achieves the Phase 2 strategic goals.

The CEO will lead and be supported by an operational team that will work at a strategic level with all NBIC stakeholders to ensure the impact of biofilms is realized. The operations team includes vision and goal-driven roles including strategic partner management (head of research and innovation), regulatory, standards and biobanking leadership (associate business director regulations), training and skills development (responsible for the CTP•BITE program) and communications and broadcast management. The operations team will also be responsible for ensuring that the NBIC EDI action plan is adhered to for all NBIC activities.

In addition to assisting in the assessment of the readiness of academic partners’ research activities to enter the translational space and build relationships with appropriate industrial partners, they will also assess where our expertise will benefit the industry by allowing them to overcome the main obstacles in their product. development paths. The CEO will be able to act as the first point of contact for industry wishing to access translational biofilm research capacity and portfolio through the NBIC.

Achieving these goals requires a detailed understanding of the product development path and potential barriers to translation, the ability to reach and network with senior industry executives, an ability to communicate NBIC’s strengths in a broad range of subject areas, stakeholder relations skills, and credibility across the business, government, and academic sectors with which NBIC interacts.

The employer, the University of Southampton (on behalf of the four major NBIC universities), is an institution in the top 1% of global universities and one of the UK’s top 15 research-intensive universities. We have an international reputation for our research, teaching and corporate activities. The Biological Sciences at our Highfield Campus is housed in a purpose-designed, award-winning £50 million building. Biofilm research and translational activity is at the heart of several major interdisciplinary University initiatives such as the Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS), which focuses on the interface between life sciences, medicine, health sciences, physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, environment, and ocean and land sciences; Network for Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control (NAMRIP), the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) and the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Center.

For more information on the UK biofilm program that led to the creation of the NBIC, go to this link.

For any informal inquiries before submitting your application, contact one of the NBIC co-directors: Jeremy Webb [email protected]; Cait MacPhee [email protected]; Rasmita Raval [email protected] and/or Miguel Cámara [email protected]

Application procedure


You must submit your completed online application form to https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. The deadline for applications will be midnight on the closing date listed above. Please submit details of 3 referees and include your CV and publication list with your application. You will also need to arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to us.

If you need help, please call Jane Sturgeon (recruitment team) on +44 (0)23 8059 2750 or email [email protected] Please quote reference 1926222BJ on all correspondence.

The School of Biological Sciences is committed to fostering a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion . We welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates and particularly encourage applications from candidates from groups that are underrepresented in academic positions at the University, including but not limited to: people from black and minority; and people with disabilities. We also particularly encourage applications from women as they are underrepresented at this level/in this role. The school is committed to equal opportunity for all and offers a range of family-friendly policies, flexible hours, and flexible working. We are a Disability Confident Employer and the school holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award”.

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