Commercialisation Associate (Life Sciences)

Do you want to play a role in commercialising the ideas of world-leading academics? #nextgreatidea

Salary, circa £29,000 – £38,000 depending on experience
Based on the West Cambridge site, Madingley Road
This role is a 2-year fixed term contract

Sitting at the heart of Europe’s most successful technology cluster, Cambridge Enterprise is the commercialisation arm of the University of Cambridge. Our mission is to help University of Cambridge innovators, experts and entrepreneurs make their ideas and concepts more commercially successful for the benefit of society, the UK economy and the University. 

Our Commercialisation Associates play a key role in helping researchers develop their ideas, technologies and inventions into opportunities that are attractive to industry and investors.

The role:

The variety of the role is remarkable; working within the Technology Transfer (TT) team, you will guide academics through the commercialisation of their ideas and inventions.  You will help identify the value of a technology (through prior art searches and market analysis) and your contribution will help to further enhance its value. You will protect ideas through IP management and licensing, and will draft contracts, meet with academics and promote Cambridge Enterprise and industry collaborations.

You will find the breadth of scientific diversity and the range of projects statuses (from fledgling idea through to patented and licensed technology) stimulating and engaging.  And working at heart of Europe’s most successful innovation cluster, you will be working with cutting-edge technologies and the next great ideas, able to help these discoveries make a difference in the world.

Your skills:

Your background is in life sciences, and you have a Ph.D. and/or research experience. You have an interest in entrepreneurship and managing and commercialising intellectual property and a broad interest in science and technology.   Perhaps you already have knowledge of the patenting process, licensing, or other aspects of technology transfer, and experience in a commercial environment.

You have excellent organisation skills and can handle and prioritise a number of projects simultaneously.  You have highly-developed communication skills and can put yourself in your customer’s shoes. Your IT skills are proficient, you are able to work well within a team, and demonstrate high levels of initiative.


Continuous development is key to the role. You will have on-the-job mentoring by some of the most experienced TT professionals in the world, as well as access to a raft of training courses including the UK TT industry’s ‘gold standard’ courses run by PraxisUnico.

Working for a subsidiary of the University of Cambridge, you will be offered a competitive salary with performance related pay, generous holiday, a University pension and a flexible working environment.                

Closing date for this position is  Midday Monday 22 April 2019

We will hold a two—stage interview process, and the first interview will be held on Thursday 2 May 2019.

Application Instructions: 

To apply: Please complete a short application form by visiting our website:

You will be asked to provide a copy of your CV and a cover letter.

Application Closing Date: 
22 April