Knowledge Exchange Executive

Salary: Band D; from £32,684 with higher remuneration considered depending on experience and qualifications

Hours: 37 hours per week

Contract Type: Permanent/Full time

Contract Length: Permanent

Closing Date: 10 May 2021

Interview Date: TBC

Job Reference: 21P-42

Knowledge Exchange Executive

The Pirbright Institute

The Pirbright Institute delivers world-leading research to understand, predict, detect and respond to viral disease outbreaks. We study viruses of livestock that are endemic and exotic to the UK, including zoonotic viruses, by using the most advanced tools and technologies to understand host-pathogen interactions in animals and arthropod vectors. Our major strength in understanding the immune systems of livestock provides a platform to control current diseases and respond to emerging threats.

Our Institute is made up of a dynamic and vibrant community of staff covering a diverse set of chosen fields, backgrounds and experience. We all play a crucial role in furthering the Institute’s aspirations, advancing the frontiers of science and knowledge through our excellent scientific research, knowledge sharing and contribution; with a real focus in improving the world in which we live. Our outlook is always balanced by our strong sense of purpose, values and behaviours and an unwavering commitment to a ‘one Institute’ approach.

Organisation position and purpose

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and resourceful individual to be involved in the knowledge exchange and commercialisation team. The team provides the Institute with the necessary support and continuity for existing technology transfer and commercialisation activities and develops new initiatives in knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KE&C).

Main duties and responsibility

 This post will work on a range of activities including:

  • identification and management of Intellectual Property
  • identification and establishment of new opportunities in KE&C.
  • help manage the existing portfolio of contracts and collaborations with commercial partners, non-governmental agencies and public sector organisations
  • provide project management support to research scientists engaged with commercially sponsored R&D

This job description is only an outline of the tasks, responsibilities and outcomes required of the role. The jobholder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably required by his/her line manager. The job description and personal specification may be reviewed on an ongoing basis in accordance with the changing needs of The Pirbright Institute.

All employees shall actively participate in the Institute-wide quality assurance system in conjunction with the Institute’s Quality Manager. Employees are also expected to safeguard their own health and safety and security by following policies and all employees are responsible for the Health and Safety and security of staff under their management.

Personal specification 

Time management skills, reliability under pressure, decision making and problem solving skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills

Specific skills


  • Ability to work in a team, independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to influence and persuade through written and oral means
  • Highly organised with an ability to prioritise work and work to strict deadlines
  • IT skills in particular Microsoft packages including (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint


  • Highly developed negotiation and conciliation skills

Qualifications and Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree in a life science subject or equivalent experience 
  • Public sector or commercial life sciences experience
  • Experience in IP management or commercialisation


  • Experience with IP contract negotiations
  • Experience in project management

Due to the nature of the work we do, all successful applicants will be required to go through a comprehensive screening process including reference and qualification checks, financial and security clearances.

Specific requirements

Capacity to travel within UK and occasional overnight stays

What we offer

  • Generous Group Personal Pension Scheme and life cover (subject to age and earnings)
  • 25 days annual leave per annum, pro rata, plus 10.5 public and privilege days
  • Pirbright gym with subsidised membership
  • Pirbright social club
  • Pirbright Lifestyle Hub (employee discount site)
  • Cycle to work
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • Childcare allowance
  • Free onsite parking
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