Opportunities for permanent roles in a range of business sectors

Head of Physical Sciences

Are you excited by cutting edge science and technology and its potential to change the world for the better?   Are you a consummate networker able to engage with the world’s leading researchers?  Are you able to lead and inspire a team to deliver beyond their best?

This is a rare and exciting opportunity with the retirement of the current post-holder to lead a team working within Cambridge Enterprise and play a key role in commercialising the ideas of world-class researchers.

Cambridge Enterprise bridges the worlds of academia and industry and attracts top minds to work within an outcome-focused, collaborative, dynamic and highly autonomous environment.

Salary: a competitive package is offered, depending on experience

Location: our office base is at the Hauser Forum on the West Cambridge site and next-door to the world-famous Cavendish Laboratory and Institute for Manufacturing.    However due to our flexible and remote working ethos we are open to applications outside the Cambridge area.

Cambridge Enterprise

Sitting at the heart of Europe’s most successful technology cluster, Cambridge Enterprise is part of the University of Cambridge, and supports academics, researchers, staff and students in achieving knowledge transfer and research impact.

We do this by helping innovators, experts and entrepreneurs use commercial avenues to develop their ideas and expertise for the benefit of society, the economy, themselves and the University.

The role

Working across an exhilarating breadth of scientific diversity, from advanced materials to software to quantum computing, this role leads a team who encourage imaginative solutions to ways of enhancing technology transfer.

Collaborating with academics, funders, licensees and investors, supporting the commercialisation of cutting-edge technologies and the next great ideas, this role helps these discoveries make a difference in the world.  This role offers huge variety including spotting new opportunities from potentially disruptive technologies, negotiating agreements, relationship building, influencing on a national and international arena, and as a member of the Senior Management Team, shaping the strategic direction of Cambridge Enterprise.

Your skills

Our ideal candidate is a dynamic leader, with engaging communication skills.    A physical science or engineering background and a broad interest in science and technology will underpin both knowledge and understanding of the University sector and experience in a commercial environment.  Skills in business development and in commercialisation of technologies relying on disruptive intellectual property are key, as are analytical and creative thinking, clear evidence of successful completion of commercial transactions, and a desire to guide, mentor and influence colleagues.


We offer a stimulating environment, surrounded by cutting-edge research, working alongside some of the most experienced commercialisation professionals in the world. Our values champion impact, excellence and adventurous opportunities.

Our benefits package includes 30 days holiday per year and a University pension. This is alongside a commitment to employee personal development and wellbeing in a highly flexible environment.

Closing date: Sunday 1 November 2020

We plan to have a two-stage interview process, with the first interviews taking place online interviews on Wednesday 11 November 2020