Translation and Research Manager (Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering)

Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a fast-growing Global Challenge Institute, whose goal is to establish a convergent research approach to grand challenge problems with a molecular dimension. The role would suit a collaborative individual with a strong scientific or technical background, ideally with experience of science communication and research strategy. Individuals with some post-doctoral research experience are particularly...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01998
  • Date posted 10 January 2022
  • Closing date 1 February 2022

Job description

Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a fast-growing Global Challenge Institute, whose goal is to establish a convergent research approach to grand challenge problems with a molecular dimension. The role would suit a collaborative individual with a strong scientific or technical background, ideally with experience of science communication and research strategy. Individuals with some post-doctoral research experience are particularly encouraged to apply.

As part of a small and supportive team, you will help to deliver IMSE’s strategic goal of stimulating and promoting trans-disciplinary, collaborative research on global challenges, by enabling translation to end-users in the field of molecular science and engineering. Working closely with the Institute’s academic leadership, the post-holder will facilitate collaborative activities with stakeholders, and support the generation of grant proposals with external partners. You will be responsible for delivering the Institute’s Briefing Paper series and other translation activities, such as our blog and podcast.

 

The Translation and Research Manager role requires a high level of engagement with the research community across all faculties and departments at Imperial, and with external partners and stakeholders. Strategic thinking, teamwork, and a proactive approach are required to initiate and develop internal and external relationships, build communities, identify and respond to opportunities, and deliver pivotal initiatives.

The Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering (IMSE) is one of Imperial’s Global Challenge Institutes, launched in 2015 to support cross-College, trans-disciplinary research, using convergent science to address societal and industrial challenges. The Institute is outward-facing – we collaborate with policymakers, businesses, the healthcare sector, funding agencies, leading academic research teams and other stakeholders to apply new knowledge and provide independent scientific advice and thought leadership. Your role will facilitate the shift from lose collaborations to a fully integrated innovation cycle that combines molecular-level science with engineering expertise.

Duties and responsibilities

Working with IMSE’s management team and Research Board, you will plan, manage and deliver the thought-leadership and translation activities of the Institute. You will be responsible for planning, coordinating and producing our Briefing Paper series, as well as wider dissemination of the Institute’s work and engagement of stakeholders through, for example, news articles, blogs and podcasts. 

Your other major area of responsibility will be planning and delivering activities to develop the Institute’s research strategy and grant proposals, in collaboration with our partners. You will work closely with the Institute Directors to set strategic objectives, and to establish and manage funded research programmes with external partners. 

See the job description for further details.

Essential requirements

Education, knowledge and experience:

  • A good undergraduate level or Master’s degree, (or equivalent) in a science or engineering subject.
  • A PhD in an engineering or molecular science subject area, or equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience.
  • Technical/scientific understanding (physical or biomedical science, and/or engineering).
  • Scientific/technical communication at a high level, with experience of communicating scientific concepts to diverse audiences.
  • Exposure to working with academics or in an academic environment, and of collaborating across disciplines.
  • Experience of managing multiple parallel, complex projects.

Skills and abilities:

  • High level of scientific literacy – understand and synthesise advanced scientific literature.
  • Excellent communicator – highly developed written and verbal communications skills, with the ability to explain complex ideas and produce effective communications for a broad variety of audiences.
  • Highly collaborative – work flexibly and efficiently with colleagues, researchers, and external partners, maintaining upward and lateral communication.
  • Strong motivator – effective interpersonal and influencing skills; able to empower others to produce a high standard of work.
  • Attention to detail with excellent analytical skills.
  • Resourceful and flexible - adept at problem solving and independent decision making.
  • Time management and organisation – able to run multiple work streams simultaneously and prioritise work with minimal direction to achieve objectives.
  • Keen curiosity about science/engineering/technology and interest in promoting research and education in these areas.

Further information

Although this role would normally be based at the South Kensington Campus, it is possible to work partially remotely. The role requires some on-campus work.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 10th February.

 

Candidates must complete an online application.

Should you require any further details on the role, please contact Steph Pendlebury (IMSE Institute Manager): s.pendlebury@imperial.ac.uk  or 0207 594 0901.

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework. Our values are: 

  • Respect              
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence          
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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