Job Vacancy – KTP Associate – Newcastle University / Alphasense

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KTP Associate
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Faculty/Services Science, Agriculture & Engineering
Department School of Chemistry
Job Type Research
Hours of Work Full time

Salary: circa £27,500 (£4,000 individual training budget)

Alphasense is a totally independent Sensor Manufacturing and Technology Company, founded in response to an overwhelming demand from gas detection OEMs and end users for better quality gas sensors with a higher level of support. Their success has enabled the company to build a new, purpose designed factory in Great Notley, England. The new facility means they can provide greater capacity and and better service, using the very latest automation technology and state of the art laboratory and test facilities.
The post requires an associate with skill in experimental work and an interest in commercialisation of academic research to assist with the project’s objectives to develop an understanding of the nano-scale chemical reactions involved in electrochemical gas sensing processes and/ or polymer sensing layers, which will lead to the development of new products. 
You should have; a PhD in Electrochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry or Surface Chemistry,experience with electrochemical methods and probe microscopy, and good interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate at all levels, along with good team working skills.
This position comes with the following benefits; the opportunity for further training and professional membership, personal development including research project management competency, planning, designing and execution of experiments, developing strong links with the university and a commercial partner, supervision of PhD and final-year MChem student projects, an extremely interesting, varied and challenging role and management training.
Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Sharon Cochrane or telephone 0191 222 8605.
Closing Date: 15 June 2011

Spin out? Knowledge Transfer? Consultancy?

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Ever thought about commercializing your research?

If so, why not come along to one of our Intensive SAgE Solvers workshops?

There are 3 workshops taking place as part of the PGR development programme – 25th November 2010, 17th February 2011 and 19th April 2011.

During the Intensive SAgE Solvers workshop on 25th November 2010, PGRs will have the opportunity to hear Visiting Professor Will Dracup’s success story and to be set a real life problem by him. In a fast moving and extremely productive session, many transferrable skills and much relevant knowledge will be introduced and intensively used, as workshop participants work in teams to generate solutions, develop a plan for commercialisation and present and pitch their idea clearly and convincingly.

Will Dracup is the founder and Chairman of three companies, Biosignatures, Nonlinear Dynamics and TotalLab. An Economics graduate and software engineer, he founded Nonlinear in 1989. Biosignatures is a highly innovative software based diagnostics company generating novel diagnostic signatures. Nonlinear Dynamics and TotalLab have sold to over 8,500 users worldwide. Customers include all of the top 20 pharmaceutical organisations and research universities world-wide. In November 2009, Will received the North East Executive of the Year award for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. He is currently the Goldman Visiting Professor of Business Innovation at Newcastle University, and Visiting Professor of Human Proteomics at Sunderland University.

On 17th February 2011, the entrepreneurial Prof will be Max Robinson, a highly respected academic, pioneer, inventor and visionary in the field of 3D X-ray imaging. He has been involved in the management of the interface between academic research and commercialisation of its findings for over 25 years.

In 2003, Max formed a spin out venture from the University of Durham’s Physics Department – Kromek, formerly Durham Scientific Crystals, to commercialise technology which had been developed in the Physics Department over a period of 20 years. Kromek is pioneering digital colour imaging for x-rays and has brought ground-breaking innovation to materials technology and advanced 3D imaging. This includes significant applications in medical imaging, security screening, industrial inspection and space exploration, allowing for very precise identification of materials. The company now has over 30 employees, nine of whom have PhDs. It holds multiple contracts, has raised in excess of £8million to develop its current product range and has won international awards.

And in April – watch this space for the identity of yet another brilliant academic and entrepreneur!

SAgE Postgraduate researchers can book a place for one of these workshops now.

Jane Nolan MBE, Development Officer and Entrepreneur in Residence, Newcastle University Careers Service

Job Vacancy – Technology Transfer Officer, Newcastle University

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Technology Transfer Officer, Newcastle University
Ref A509A (Faculty)
Faculty/Services Medical Sciences
Department Medical Sciences Faculty Office
Job Type Professional & Administrative
Hours of Work Full time
Salary: £36,532 up to £38,757, rising to £43,622
Closing Date: 17 December 2009

The Faculty of Medical Sciences is looking to recruit a Technology Transfer Officer to assist in the commercial exploitation of intellectual property and the core competencies, skills and resources of our Institutes of Cellular Medicine; Cell and Molecular Biosciences; and Human Genetics.

You should have an MSc or PhD in a life science related subject and an understanding of the principles, processes and issues underpinning commercialisation in a Higher Education institution.  Technical, strategic and commercial acumen will be required to link academic research, technology transfer and translation.  Previous experience in both academia and the industry sector will be an advantage (pharmaceutical, biotechnology or similar).
Tenable for two years.

For an informal discussion on this opportunity, please contact the Faculty’s Business Development Manager, Martin Cox, on 0191 222 7309 Email:

Apply here