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Academic-Industry Use Case Manager

Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £62,727 to £83,690 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Friday 22 May 2020
Closing Date:  Friday 12 June 2020
Reference:  022520

An exciting new position is available for a Technical Manager at the University of Surrey, within its leading UK research hub on Robotics and AI (RAI), FAIR-SPACE  (“Future AI and Robotics for Space”). The post is a fixed term contract currently ending 31stMarch 2021.

The FAIR-SPACE Hub has the vision to establish an international centre of excellence in space robotics and autonomous systems. The Hub is led by University of Surrey supported by 5 university partners (Imperial, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Warwick and Salford) and 28 national/international project partners representing major space companies, agencies, research institutions as well as cross-sectorial RAI organizations. The Hub offers the world-class credentials and a unique combination of expertise and capabilities to address key challenges of RAI in the space sector. It will also influence, engage with the wider community of academia, industry, government and the public, and help cultivate and develop future leaders in RAI.

The Technical Manager is a pivotal part of the core delivery team and is responsible for the successful operational delivery of academic-industry use cases within the Fair-Space Hub. Working closely with the Surrey project team and researchers across the Hub partnership, the post-holder will be a key member of the Fair-Space management team, responsible to the Hub Director and working with the six University partners to identify, develop and deliver at least three substantive use cases in industry.

This is a senior role, with responsibilities that include working with the Principal Investigators in each of the partner organisations to identify potential high TRL academic research projects and capabilities; building relationships across the partner teams; identifying and cultivating interest within UK industry in these capabilities and developing use cases from this; planning and delivery of academic-industry events to showcase research; and management reporting.

The success of the Hub initiative relies on a committed and multi-talented team, and it is essential that the Technical Manager is a skilled professional with extensive relevant experience at a senior level. The post calls for someone with first class communication and influencing skills, and with the ability to think and act strategically.  An understanding of the space sector is essential and previous experience of working in a research environment would be a distinct advantage. We are looking for candidates with a relevant degree/post graduate qualification and extensive vocational and strategic management experience. The successful candidate will be independent and motivated, with the willingness to travel and work outside of normal hours when required.

In return for your skills and commitment, we offer a range of benefits which you can read about here: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/working-at-surrey/staff-benefits

Should you wish to have an informal discussion regarding the role, please contact Suzanne Beckram the current interim Hub Programme Director (s.beckram@surrey.ac.uk). Relevant information on the FAIR-SPACE Hub can be found at:  https://www.fairspacehub.org/

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We can offer a generous remuneration package, which includes relocation assistance where appropriate, an attractive research environment, the latest teaching facilities, and access to a variety of staff development opportunities.

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