Vacancy at The Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (“KCMC”) Location: Bristol

Salary dependent on qualifications and experience in the range £50-60k


To drive new materials innovation by linking the chemistry-using industries across the UK with the KCMC

partner research institutions. To facilitate collaboration between industry and academia and develop the

KCMC project portfolio at these research institutions.

See web address for further information on KCMC

Job Scope

  • Reports to KCMC Director
    Responsible for assigned research institutions
  • Research Income generated ~£1.5 million pa

 Key Accountabilities:

  • Raise awareness of the KCMC within the chemistry-using industry in the UK and beyond.
  • Deliver agreed business goals for knowledge transfer with partner research institutions.
  • Recommend how the capabilities of the KCMC should be developed to match the needs of industry.



  • Hold a degree in Chemistry or Chemical engineering and PhD or equivalent


  • Relevant industrial experience, including R&D, project management and legal/intellectual property requirements of industrial research
  • Track record of generating new projects and winning support for them from key stakeholders
  • Industrial experience relevant to polymer chemistry and formulation, and composite materials will be an advantage

Key Attributes/competencies:

  • Possess highly developed interpersonal and communication skills which can be harnessed to lead and build effective teams, maintain professional working relationships at all times and work positively and collaboratively with a range of colleagues from diverse backgrounds.
  • Possess strong problem solving skills and the ability to evaluate alternative courses of action and formulate recommendations.
  • Possess good critical information seeking skills and the ability to use the information obtained to reach the most appropriate decision.
  • Have excellent IT and presentational skills
  • Have the personal skills and professional expertise required to make a difference and add value to the post and the KCMC.
  • Possess the ability to present a professional image of the KCMC at all times.


  • Business mileage will be reimbursable by the company in line with the Expenses policy.
  • 25 days Holiday plus 8 days statutory bank holidays
  • A Contributory pension scheme is in operation

How to apply

Please send your CV with a covering letter by 12 noon on 3 May 2017 to



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KCMC is part of the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). KTN is the UK's innovation network. KTN links new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through its network of businesses, universities, funders and investors.