Research Partnerships and HP3 Hub Lead
Post Details
Job Title
Research Partnerships and HP3 Hub Lead
Post Number
1004668
Closing Date
9 Jun 2024
Grade
SC4
Starting Salary
£54,950 - £68,000
Hours per week
37
Months Duration
18

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

The John Innes Centre is a world-leading centre of excellence in plant and microbial sciences. Our strategic vision for Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet sets out our ambitious long-term goals for the game changing impact of its science globally.

The John Innes Centre and its partner, The Sainsbury Laboratory, have been granted over £300million in capital funding from Government to establish new facilities and a world-leading hub for UK plant and microbial research and innovation on the Norwich Research Park. The hub will act as a catalyst for new initiatives, helping forge new scientific collaborations, partnerships and networks, to advance ground-breaking discovery research and deliver high scientific, societal, and economic impact.

The Research Partnerships and HP3 Hub Lead will play a key role in developing the vision for the hub with the Norwich Research Park partners and the wider plant and microbial sector, and provide high level support for engaging with the scientific community to establish key strategic research partnerships.  

Key Relationships

This post sits at the interface between the JIC and a wide range of external scientific stakeholders.

Internally, the post-holder will work closely with the senior management team, with a broad range of scientists, with professional staff working on research culture and business change, engagement, knowledge exchange and fundraising, and with the JIC’s Chair and Governing Council.  

Building relationships externally across the UK and internationally will be a key part of the role. The post-holder’s priority external relationships will include current and future research collaborators across academia and industry. The role will work particularly closely with The Sainsbury Laboratory, other research institutes on the Norwich Research Park, the University of East Anglia and BBSRC.

This post sits within the JIC Director’s Office and reports to the Chief Operating Officer of JIC.
 

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Developing a vision for a hub for plant and microbial science

To lead on internal and external engagement during the next stages of development of our vision for a hub for plant and microbial science on the Norwich Research Park – including developing and agreeing key strategic partnerships objectives.

To review existing academic partnerships at JIC and TSL and identify and assess opportunities for future potential partnerships within the hub.

To assess interest and opportunities for academic and commercial partners to access JIC and TSL platforms and facilities as part of the hub.

To look at training provision provided through the hub and future opportunities.

To engage JIC and TSL staff and students with the future plans, and coordinate with partners across the wider Norwich Research Park.

To build strong relationships with external organisations in the wider plant and microbial science sector to scope opportunities and interests to collaborate as part of the hub and to keep existing supporters engaged throughout the life of the project.
 
To work with the Business Change lead to scope and cost specific activities which could be delivered by the hub and develop implementation plans.

To identify funding opportunities for hub activities and work with key partners to submit funding applications, as well as supporting the Director.
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Provide effective coordination and oversight of JIC’s broader strategic academic partnerships 

To manage strong working relationships with key strategic partners to allow JIC to work effectively and increase our reach and impact.

To support the Director of the JIC in optimising their engagement with strategic academic partners and ensuring high-quality briefings and targeted follow-up.
 
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As agreed with the line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the post

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
A degree in a relevant science area or equivalent experience
Essential
A postgraduate degree in a relevant science area or equivalent experience
Desirable

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
A detailed understanding of the research environment in the UK and internationally
Essential
A proven track record of strategy development
Essential
Broad scientific awareness across subjects and disciplines relevant to the work of JIC
Essential
Excellent project management
Essential
High-level strategic thinking
Essential
Knowledge of academic funding environment
Essential
A detailed understanding of the plant and microbial research environment in the UK and internationally
Desirable
Familiarity with UK and international funding programmes
Desirable

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Effectively managing multiple stakeholder interfaces, successfully building relationships and navigating complex dynamics
Essential
Experience of conveying complex ideas with clarity and experience of strong written communications
Essential
Effectively working with external academic stakeholders
Essential
Experience of successful high level academic partnerships
Essential
Working across diverse research fields and in interdisciplinary research
Essential
Working in or with UK research environment
Essential
Experience of building relationships between academia and industry
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Ability to work diplomatically with people from different organisations and create strong working relationships and networks
Essential
Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating Procedures
Essential
Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to engage positively and influence others
Essential
Demonstrated ability to work independently, using initiative and applying problem solving skills
Essential
Excellent planning and organisational skills with demonstrated ability to effectively manage competing priorities/deadlines
Essential
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team
Essential
Experience of interacting with senior staff
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Attention to detail
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
This is an outward-facing post and may involve travel within the UK to engage with stakeholders
Essential
Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate
Essential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
Essential
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
Essential
Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
Essential

Who We Are

John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant and microbial genetics, carrying out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and making our findings available to society.

Our research makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences including; cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.

For more information about working at the John Innes Centre, please click here.

We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive working environment for all. We have a diverse and multicultural scientific community and thrive on our European and international links, appointing staff from across the world. Any candidate who would like further information on current or anticipated immigration requirements can contact the HR Team on +44 (0)1603 450888 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk.

We are proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. We are also a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme, a founding signatory of the Tecnician Commitment and, as a Disability Confident employer, guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709).

Department

Directorate

Group Details


 

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Research Partnerships and HP3 Hub Lead
Salary:                £54,950 - £68,000 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.
Contract:           18 months, full time
Location:           John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.
Closing date:     9 June 2024
Reference:        1004668

The Research Partnerships and HP3 Hub Lead will play a key role in developing our vision for a plant and microbial research and innovation hub at the Norwich Research Park and provide high level support for establishing key strategic research partnerships.  

About the John Innes Centre:

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant and microbial sciences. We nurture a creative, curiosity-led approach to answering fundamental questions in bioscience, and translate that knowledge into societal benefits. Our strategic vision, Healthy Plants, Healthy People, Healthy Planet, sets out our ambitious long-term goals for the game changing impact of our science globally. 

Our employees enjoy access to state-of-the-art technology and a diverse range of specialist training opportunities, including support for leadership and management. Click here to find out more about working at the John Innes Centre.

About the role:

The John Innes Centre and its partner, The Sainsbury Laboratory, have been granted over £300million in capital funding from Government to establish new facilities and a world-leading hub for UK plant and microbial research and innovation on the Norwich Research Park. The hub will act as a catalyst for new initiatives, helping forge new scientific collaborations, partnerships and networks, to advance ground-breaking discovery research and deliver high scientific, societal, and economic impact.

The Research Partnerships and HP3 Hub Lead will play a key role in developing the vision for the hub with the Norwich Research Park partners and the wider plant and microbial sector and provide high level support for engaging with the scientific community to establish key strategic research partnerships.  

The ideal candidate:

Candidates should have a degree in a relevant science area or equivalent experience and broad scientific awareness across subjects and disciplines relevant to the work of JIC. They should have a detailed understanding of the research environment in the UK and internationally and previous experience of effectively working with external academic stakeholders. They should have exceptional communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to engage positively with others. 

Additional information:

Please note, this post does not meet UKVI requirements to provide visa sponsorship.

This role is fixed term for 18 months, with the possibility of extension beyond this.

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity.  As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. We are proud to hold a prestigious Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition of our inclusive culture, commitment and good practices towards advancing of gender equality. We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. The Institute is also a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.