Space Research and Enterprise Manager

The Open University

Postdoctorate Position Fixed Term Milton Keynes, UK

Uploaded 10 Aug 2019

Job Description

The Centre for Electronic Imaging (CEI) is a Research Centre within the School of Physical Sciences under the Faculty of Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) which conducts world- leading R&D into space imaging technology, in collaboration with Teledyne e2v. The CEI operates with a combination of grant, contract and sponsorship income of nearly £2M/year.

The OU’s Space Strategic Research AREA (Space SRA) is responsible for coordinating and supporting the university’s space research and particularly in stimulating new activities and growing existing to assist sustainability. The SRA has a similar operating budget of approximately £1M/year.

The role of the Space Research and Enterprise Manager is to provide support to the Centre for Electronic Imaging (CEI) and the Space Strategic Research Area (Space SRA) to provide management support and to grow and diversify their income through obtaining and monitoring and delivering external research and research enterprise funding, working with relevant parties towards achieving University income targets and developing the external profile of the CEI and Space SRA to support their activities.

Person Specification


  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience (E)
  • Appropriate level of directly relevant administrative/management experience including
  • knowledge and understanding of the academic research environment
  • Experience of contributing to strategy formulation and implementation
  • Understanding of pricing / commercial licensing / IP issues
  • Good information and communication technology (ICT) skills, in particular use of Excel to
  • tabulate and analyse information
  • Flexibility to work co-operatively and responsively in a variety of settings, including the
  • ability to prioritise and remain effective under pressure
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, with the ability to interpret policy and
  • procedure, disseminate information, and deal in friendly but efficient manner with a
  • wider range of internal and external contacts to ensure service excellence
  • The ability to learn quickly, to be receptive to feedback, and to be self-reflective
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiating skills, with the ability to influence others over
  • whom there is no formal authority
  • Organisational skills including the ability to manage own time and to coordinate the
  • work of other staff in order to meet predetermined goals and deadlines


  • PhD in a relevant subject (D)
  • A management or relevant professional qualification (D)
  • Experience in working within a research environment in a university
  • Proven ability in financial management of complex budgets
  • Experience in technology translation from academic research to industry and another
  • sector
  • Experience of managing university/business interaction and activities
  • Experience working in a knowledge exchange environment between universities and industry
  • Experience in commercial exploitation of technologies
  • Experience of producing and vetting external bids for funding, including the ability to
  • cost research proposals and understand full economic costing
  • Knowledge and understanding of UK research frameworks and issues, and the way in
  • which scientific research is funded and undertaken
  • Experience of report writing or preparing committee papers