Trainee/Intellectual Property and Commercialisation Officer

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Trainee/Intellectual Property and Commercialisation Officer

University of Leeds – Professional Services – Research & Innovation Service

Location: Leeds
Salary: £27,511 to £40,322 per annum (Grade 6 or 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th June 2021
Closes: 23rd June 2021
Job Ref: CSRIS1185

Contract Type: Fixed term (1 year – maternity leave cover)

Are you interested in science and understanding complex technologies and looking to develop your career? Do you want to play a role in the development and commercialisation of Intellectual Property (IP) from the University?

This post provides an exciting opportunity to play a role in the development of commercial opportunities that stem from IP generated within the University of Leeds, one of the largest research intensive universities in the UK. The University has c.30 active spinout companies, 6 of which are listed on the investment markets, in addition to a significant portfolio of technology licences. To accelerate the development and commercialisation of its leading research, the University’s Commercialisation Team also manages sizeable proof of market and proof of concept investment funds.

This is a challenging role requiring a self-motivated individual to assist in the generation and portfolio management of University of Leeds intellectual property (IP). You will have a commercial background in the engineering or physical sciences environment and an interest in technology-related business development. You will have strong evaluation, planning and project management skills with good IP knowledge and experience of implementing the innovation process in a research intensive environment. The ability to effectively engage with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders is essential to this role.

You will be a key part of the Commercialisation Pipeline Team who have the responsibility for the generation, management and commercial assessments of the IP portfolio emerging from across the University. This will include project management of early stage IP and commercial opportunities, supporting the development of commercial development project applications and managing & coordinating the submission of commercialisation development project applications. You will actively support IP protection processes and alignment of research outputs with commercial development roadmaps to inform decision-making.

You will be expected to further develop skills and knowledge in IP management and commercialisation. You will report to the Senior Commercialisation Manager responsible for the identification, assessment and evaluation of new commercial opportunities to assist in creation of a dynamic environment for Innovation and Commercialisation activities.

This role is being advertised either as a Trainee (grade 6) or as a grade 7 depending on qualifications and experience.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Mugdha Joshi, Senior Commercialisation Manager


Due to the current Government Coronavirus lockdown and social distancing measures, the interviews for this role are likely to be conducted remotely using Microsoft Teams or Zoom. It is also expected that relevant work within these roles may be done remotely, within the UK, while these restrictions remain in place.

Please note: If you are not a British or Irish citizen, from 1st January 2021 you will require permission to work in the UK. This will normally be in the form of a visa but, if you are an EEA/Swiss citizen and resident in the UK before 31st December 2020, this may be your passport or status under the EU Settlement Scheme.