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IAA KE Associates (3 positiions)

Reference Number
Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building
College / Service
Job Family
Management Professional & Administrative
Position Type
Full Time
Salary Range

Job Purpose

Responsible for the identification, development and implementation of new industrial and collaborative Knowledge Exchange (KE) opportunities for one of the following research themes based in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow.

Up to three IAA KE Associates will be appointed. Each Associate will be dedicated to one of the following themes:

• 5G and applications

• Electronic Systems Design

• Healthcare technologies and medical engineering

• Industrial Biotechnology

• Robotics

• Semiconductor photonics; systems, devices and materials

Please see the linked document at the bottom of this page for a full description of the themes. 

The main focus of the work will comprise of identifying new external partners and developing relationships that lead to new collaborative activities based on Engineering and EPSRC funded research.

The aim of the role is to deliver impact through knowledge exchange by facilitating relationships between the University, industry and other external organisations.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Work closely with the Research Groups to establish the priority areas for potential growth and opportunities for collaboration with industry.

2. Develop and execute an operational plan to include a targeted programme of KE activity, communications and engagement with industry and other potential partners.

3. Develop marketing materials for web and events to raise the profile of the group’s activities, facilities and outputs.

4. Identify and attend key industry events to develop strong network of partners and share contacts with academic and KE colleagues.

5. Build effective relationships and undertake visits to companies, relevant business intermediaries and other innovation support organisations as part of the engagement process.

6. Identify sources of knowledge exchange funding and support the development and writing of new project proposals with industry/academic partners.

7. Identify opportunities for new industry collaborations and convert these into contracts working with the University Business Development team.

8. Promote the research expertise within the group in providing research services, technologies, consultancy and courses to industry.

9. Work with other KE Associates and the Business Development team to share best practice, learning and collaboration prospects inside and outside of own technology theme area.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 9, (Ordinary Degree, Scottish Vocational Qualification level 4), or equivalent (including professional accreditation with relevant formal training), and experience of personal development in a similar or related role(s).

A2 Good working knowledge of research in one of the research themes.


B1 Postgraduate/Professional qualification in a relevant subject area.



C1 Ability to network effectively with high level of influencing and negotiating skills. 

C2 Strong report/proposal writing skills.

C3 Proven analytical and problem solving capabilities.

C4 Ability to work independently or as a member of a team.

C5 Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate at all levels

C6 Motivated and enthusiastic.

C7 Evidence of potential to initiate original ideas.

C8 Leadership potential.

C9 Ability to multi task, work flexibly and adapt to changing environments.


D1 Understanding of customer relationship management issues.



E1 Sufficient recent relevant research and Knowledge Exchange experience

E2 Experience of writing funding proposals and project planning, and track record of leading the development of successful proposals.

E3 Experience of working with external partners and developing relationships.

E4 Business development/marketing experience. 


F1 Knowledge of the research/Knowledge Exchange funding environment (Scottish, UK, international).

F2 Relevant experience gained within the Higher Education sector.

F3 Experience of knowledge exchange activity within the university/industry context.

F4 Network of industry/non-academic contacts.

Job Features


The post holder will report to the Impact Acceleration Account Project Manager. They will work as part of the College of Science and Engineering Administration alongside a Research Theme lead and the College Research and Business Development team which consists of 4 Research & Business Development Managers.

The role has been established as part of the University’s EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account to increase the level of industrial engagement and generate impact.

The primary goal is to establish a strong partner network focusing on research activities in one of the themes, to develop collaborative activities that will lead to impacts across the economy, society and people. The post holder will create an interface between academia and industry, facilitating collaboration and knowledge exchange in this area.

The post holder will play a critical role in developing the network and securing support from the IAA and external sources for Knowledge Exchange projects.

Planning and Organising

• Plan and organise own workload comprising industrial visits, events, knowledge transfer projects amongst other activities.

• Plan and develop a network of industrial/external contacts.

• Work with researchers and support staff in the University to identify capabilities to match industrial challenges.

• Horizon scanning for projects and funding opportunities.

• Implementing, monitoring and following-up on marketing of opportunities to partners and funders.

• Provide timely support to academic/industrial partners to prepare proposals to meet any fixed deadlines or delivery a response within acceptable commercial standards.

Decision Making

• Determine opportunity areas with greatest potential for maximising impact.

• Influence the content of applications, proposals and presentations related to individual projects.

• Make recommendations on the viability of projects.

• Ability to anticipate and resolve issues based on knowledge and experience.

Internal/External Relationships

• Provide information on all aspects of research funding opportunities, opportunities for industrial collaboration to relevant researchers and university colleagues as and when required.

• Regular communication by e-mail, telephone and in person with colleagues and University staff of all categories.

• Expertise sharing with academic and industrial partners.

• The role holder will be required to liaise with a range of external parties, including:

research contacts and decision-makers from external organisations as necessary e.g. funding bodies, companies, government bodies, trade bodies.


Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the Management, Professional and Administrative Grade, level 7, £33,943 - £38,183 per annum.

This position has funding to 31st March 2020 in the first instance and applications on a secondment basis will be considered.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

Vacancy ref: 019579; closing date: 4 February 2018.

The University has recently been awarded the Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award

The University is committed to equality of opportunity in employment.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

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