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ENSA Impact Manager, Crop Science Centre, Cambridge

An exciting role as Impact Manager for the ENSA project at the Crop Science Centre in Cambridge, which would suit a part-qualified patent attorney as well as other IP professionals. The closing date is 4 May 2021.

The international project Engineering the Nitrogen Symbiosis for Africa (ENSA) housed at the Crop Science Centre (CSC), part of the Department of Plant Sciences of the University of Cambridge is an international partnership of ten institutions led from the CSC with the goal of driving sustainability in agriculture by reducing reliance on chemical inputs by engineering cereals to support nutritional symbioses with nitrogen-fixing bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi. The CSC strives to deliver impact for more sustainable and equitable agricultural systems drawing on the world-class plant science research taking place at the University of Cambridge and the expertise in crop improvement at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) as the UK's primary field-testing organisation.

We are seeking to recruit an energetic person as ENSA Impact Manager to support the management of intellectual property and facilitate the application of discoveries for recognising impact. This job requires experience in plant biology research and is well suited to an individual with knowledge and skills in the area of plant intellectual property management and the application of scientific discoveries. 

The role of the Impact Manager will be to drive impact and outcomes in product development from the research outputs of the ENSA project.

The post holder will work with our ENSA project funders and collaborating partners with the support of Cambridge Enterprise, the Research Operations Office and other relevant university offices to develop and implement an intellectual property strategy for ENSA. They will ensure that monitoring, reporting and approval processes are established to ensure research outputs are efficiently reviewed ahead of publication or other potential disclosures and that patentable discoveries are protected in a timely fashion.

The post holder will lead the development of impact case studies and support research-active ENSA staff in improving the outcomes of their research. They will facilitate the translation of discoveries for impact with a particular focus on small-holder farmers. Translation of discoveries will require engagement with partners in target countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, and working with stakeholders in the private sector.

We seek someone who is self-motivated, able to act as the interface between multiple partners and with an enthusiasm for recognising impact for research.

Please see the full details and how to apply at:

Fixed-term contract: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2024 in the first instance.

CIPA members with queries about this vacancy can contact Frédérique Anand, the Crop Science Centre's HR Coordinator by email. 

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Posted date
22 April 2021
Cambridge (flexible)
Frédérique Anand
Company Details

Crop Science Centre,
University of Cambridge,
Lawrence Weaver Road,
Cambridge CB2 0LE,
United Kingdom

  • UK: East of England