Postdoctoral Research Associate: Academic-Industry Engagement, Science Commercialisation, and the Development of University-Centred Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (UCEEs)

Durham University

Postdoctoral Analysis Affiliate: Educational-Trade Engagement, Science Commercialisation, and the Improvement of College-Centred Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (UCEEs) (
Job Quantity:
College of Enterprise
Grade 7:  £37,099 – £44,263 every year
Fastened Time period  Full Time
Contract Length: 36 months
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date
: 01-Jan-2024, 6:59:00 PM
Disclosure and Barring Service Requirement: Not Relevant. 

Working at Durham College  

A globally excellent centre of instructing and analysis excellence, a heat and pleasant place to work, a singular and historic setting – Durham is a college like no different.

As one of many UK’s main universities, Durham is an unimaginable place to outline your profession.The College is positioned inside a lovely historic metropolis, dwelling to a UNESCO World Heritage Web site, and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Our gifted students and researchers from all over the world are tackling world points and making a distinction to folks’s lives.  

We imagine that inspiring our folks to do excellent issues at Durham permits Durham folks to do excellent issues on the earth. Being part of Durham is about extra than simply the success of the College, it’s additionally about contributing to the success of the town, county and neighborhood.

Our College Technique is constructed on three pillars of analysis, schooling and wider scholar expertise, but additionally on our eager sense of neighborhood and of inspiring others to realize their potential. 

Our Function and Values

We wish our College to be a spot the place folks will be free to be themselves, it doesn’t matter what their identification or background. Collectively, we have a good time distinction, worth each other and are every chargeable for creating an inclusive neighborhood that’s respectful and honest for all.

Discover out extra about the advantages of working on the College and what it’s wish to stay and work within the Durham space on our Why Durham? info web page.   

The Position and Division

Dynamic and vibrant, Durham College Enterprise College is considered one of Durham College’s 4 Schools and is comprised of three research-intensive departments: Accounting, Economics and Finance, and Administration and Advertising and marketing. Identified for its world repute, its impression on coverage and apply, and its robust give attention to ethics, accountability and sustainability, the varsity goals to be a number one European enterprise faculty with a robust world presence by 2027. The college at the moment has 180 tutorial and instructing employees, with plans and useful resource commitments to develop to 230 by 2027. As well as, 11 funded analysis centres ( ) mix main theoretical views with a robust emphasis on impression and engagement with apply, famous in . The college’s scholar inhabitants is round 4000, throughout undergraduate, postgraduate, and analysis programmes.  

Our imaginative and prescient is to guide enterprise thought and apply to enhance world wealth and well-being. Our related mission is to create, share, and use data to ship equitable and sustainable futures all over the world. We pursue this mission by advancing world-changing data and securing world impression by way of more and more collaborative analysis throughout disciplines and all over the world. 

Our division is a part of the triple-accredited Enterprise College, dwelling to teachers whose analysis is internationally famend for mental rigour and for the advantages it brings to the society. We work intently with enterprise companions all over the world, sharing insights, supporting innovation, and educating tomorrow’s leaders. Extra particulars about our analysis, instructing, and enterprise connections will be discovered on our web site .


The Position

Purposes are invited for a Postdoctoral Analysis Affiliate to assist a analysis undertaking exploring academic-industry engagement, science commercialisation, and the event of university-centred entrepreneurial ecosystems. Universities have turn out to be more and more targeted on commercialising their data, participating with industrial companions corresponding to small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and diversifying revenue streams. On the similar time, useful resource constrained SMEs have realised the alternatives afforded to them in mobilising assets and scaling their ventures by participating with universities. It’s these entrepreneurial/industrial actions on the university-industry (U-I) boundary that assist the emergence and improvement of university-centred entrepreneurial ecosystems (UCEEs). Nonetheless, while teachers are inspired to behave entrepreneurially, this poses a number of challenges. Likewise, regardless of {industry} companions having a lot to realize from participating with college teachers, they too face challenges in doing so. Sadly, regardless of a broad and rising literature within the tutorial entrepreneurship subject, our understanding of the processes, notably on the micro-level, underlying U-I engagement, science commercialisation, and UCEEs stays restricted. Accordingly, this analysis undertaking will examine U-I engagement actions and science commercialisation on the U-I boundary, and the way these actions contribute to UCEE dynamics.


The profitable applicant will work alongside the undertaking Principal Investigator (PI), Affiliate Professor David Johnson. The broader undertaking workforce contains Co-PIs – Affiliate Professor Jeffrey Hughes, Professor Andrew Parker, and Professor Karena Yan) – and an industrial accomplice. The position is funded by Durham College Enterprise College’s Sensible & Scale initiative, which is an interdisciplinary impact-driven analysis programme in sensible and scale-up actions, specializing in innovation and enterprise improvement of SMEs within the North-East of England.

Key duties:

  • To work with the Principal Investigator and different colleagues within the analysis undertaking, as acceptable, to additional our scholarly and sensible understanding of academic-industry engagement, science commercialisation, and the event of university-centred entrepreneurial ecosystems.
  • To help with the event of analysis goals and proposals.
  • To conduct particular person and collaborative analysis beneath the course of the Principal Investigator.
  • To conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis beneath the course of the Principal Investigator.
  • To facilitate publishing prime quality outputs, together with papers for submission to look reviewed journals, papers for presentation at conferences and workshops, and practitioner-based papers, beneath the course of the Principal Investigator.
  • To take care of issues that will have an effect on the achievement of analysis goals and deadlines by discussing with the Principal Investigator and different colleagues within the analysis undertaking and providing artistic or revolutionary options.
  • To organize and ship displays on analysis outputs/actions to audiences which can embody analysis sponsors, tutorial, and non-academic audiences.
  • To liaise with analysis colleagues and make inner and exterior contacts to develop data and understanding to type relationships for future analysis collaboration.
  • To plan and handle personal analysis exercise, analysis assets in collaboration with others, and contribute to the planning of analysis tasks.
  • To contribute to fostering a collegial and respectful working surroundings which is inclusive and welcoming and the place everyone seems to be handled pretty with dignity and respect.
  • To have interaction in wider citizenship to assist the division and wider self-discipline.
  • To have interaction in persevering with skilled improvement by participation within the undergraduate or postgraduate instructing programmes, or by membership of departmental committees, and so on. and by attending related coaching and improvement programs.  

This submit is mounted time period for 36 months.

The post-holder is employed to work on analysis/a analysis undertaking, which shall be led by one other colleague. While which means the post-holder won’t be finishing up impartial analysis in his/her personal proper, the expectation is that they’ll contribute to the development of the undertaking, by way of the event of their very own analysis concepts/adaptation and improvement of analysis protocols.

Profitable candidates will, ideally, be in submit by March 2024.

Working at Durham 

A aggressive wage is just one a part of the numerous implausible advantages you’ll obtain when you be a part of the College: additionally, you will obtain entry to the next implausible advantages: 

•    30 Days annual go away per yr along with 8 public holidays and 4 customary days per yr – a complete of 42 days per yr.  
•    The College closes between Christmas and New Yr – please embody or delete if not relevant. 
•    We provide a beneficiant pension scheme, As a brand new member of employees you’ll be routinely enrolled  into the College Superannuation Scheme (USS).
•    Regardless of the way you journey to work, we now have you lined.  We have now parking throughout campus, a cycle to work scheme which lets you purchase a motorbike and low cost with native bus and prepare firms.
•    There’s a real dedication to growing our colleagues professionally and personally.  There’s a complete vary of improvement programs, apprenticeships and entry to {qualifications} and routes to develop your profession within the College.  All employees have devoted annual time to focus on their private improvement alternatives. 
•    A number of assist for well being and wellbeing together with discounted membership for our cutting-edge sport and health club amenities and entry to a 24-7 Worker Help Programme.
•    On website nursery is offered and youngsters’s golf equipment in the summertime holidays.
•    Household pleasant insurance policies, together with maternity and adoption go away, that are among the many most beneficiant within the increased schooling sector (and certain above and past many employers).
•    The chance to participate in employees volunteering actions to make a distinction in the local people
•    Reductions can be found through our advantages portal together with; cash off at supermarkets, excessive avenue retailers, IT merchandise corresponding to Apple, the cinema and days out at numerous points of interest. 
•    A wage sacrifice scheme can also be obtainable that can assist you benefit from tax financial savings on advantages. 
•    If you’re shifting to Durham, we might help with elimination prices and we now have a devoted workforce who might help you with the practicalities corresponding to home searching and faculties.  For those who want a visa, we cowl most visa prices and supply an curiosity free mortgage scheme to pay for dependant visas.

Durham College is dedicated to equality, range and inclusion EDI textual content mustn’t be amended

Equality, range, and inclusion (EDI) are a key element of the College’s Technique and a central a part of all the pieces we do.  We additionally stay by our Function and Values  and our Employees Code of Conduct.   At Durham we actively work in direction of offering an surroundings the place our employees and college students can examine, work and stay in a neighborhood which is supportive and inclusive. It’s essential to us that each one colleagues undertake actions which are aligned to each our values and dedication to EDI. 

We welcome and encourage purposes from those that are at the moment under-represented in our work drive, together with folks with disabilities and from racially minoritised ethnic teams.

When you have taken a profession break or intervals of go away that will have impacted on the quantity and recency of your analysis outputs and different actions, corresponding to maternity, adoption or parental go away, chances are you’ll want to disclose this in your software. The choice committee will take this into consideration when evaluating your software.

The College has been awarded the Incapacity Assured Employer standing. If you’re a candidate with a incapacity, we’re dedicated to making sure honest remedy all through the recruitment course of. We are going to make changes to assist the interview course of wherever it’s cheap to take action and, the place profitable, cheap changes shall be made to assist folks inside their position. 

Contact Data 

Division contact for academic-related enquiries 

For casual enquiries please contact Affiliate Professor David Johnson ([email protected] ). All enquiries shall be handled within the strictest confidence.

Contact info for technical difficulties when submitting your software 

For those who encounter technical difficulties when utilizing the web software type, we want you ship enquiries by e mail.  Please ship your title together with a transient description of the issue you’re experiencing to [email protected]  

Alternatively, chances are you’ll name 0191 334 6801 from the UK, or +44 191 334 6801 from exterior the UK. This quantity operates throughout the hours of 09.00 and 17.00 Monday to Friday, UK time.  We are going to usually reply inside one working day (Monday to Friday, excluding UK public holidays).  

College contact for normal queries in regards to the recruitment course of 

[email protected]  

How one can Apply  

To progress to the evaluation stage, candidates should proof every of the important standards required for the position within the individual specification under. It will likely be on the discretion of the recruiting panel as to whether or not they can even contemplate any fascinating standards, however we’d urge candidates to offer proof for all standards.  

Whereas some standards shall be thought of on the shortlisting stage, different standards could also be thought of later within the evaluation course of, corresponding to questions at interview.  

We want to obtain purposes on-line through the Durham College Vacancies Web site. . As a part of the applying course of, you need to present particulars of two (ideally tutorial/analysis) referees and the small print of your present line supervisor in order that we might search an employment reference.

Submitting your software 

We want to obtain purposes on-line.   We are going to replace you about your software at numerous factors all through the choice course of, through automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please examine your spam/junk folder periodically to be sure to haven’t missed any of our updates.

What to Submit 

All candidates are requested to submit: 

  • A CV and a most two-page cowl letter, which particulars your expertise, strengths, and potential to satisfy the important and, if acceptable, fascinating standards listed above.

  • particulars of two (ideally tutorial/analysis) referees and the small print of your present line supervisor in order that we might search an employment reference.

Subsequent Steps 

Brief-listed candidates shall be invited to the College, both just about or in-person and may have the chance to satisfy key members of the Division. 

Within the occasion that you’re unable to attend in individual on the date provided, it will not be attainable to give you an interview on another date. 

Please observe that in submitting your software Durham College shall be processing your knowledge. We might ask you to contemplate the related College Privateness Assertion which gives info on the collation, storing and use of knowledge.   

When appointing to this position the College should be certain that it meets any relevant immigration necessities, together with wage thresholds that are relevant to some visas.

Particular person Specification 

Important Standards:


  • first diploma in related topic.

  • A PhD (or be near submission) in Entrepreneurship or related related topic, e.g., tutorial entrepreneurship, science commercialisation, expertise switch, expertise innovation administration.

  • Expertise

  • Expertise in conducting prime quality tutorial analysis.

  • Collaborative working with {industry} and enterprise.

  • Expertise of growing analysis for {industry} and enterprise.   

  • Abilities

  • Information of science commercialisation in universities.

  • Information of expertise switch.

  • Expertise of conducting each qualitative and quantitative analysis.

  • Demonstrable means to work cooperatively as a part of a workforce, together with collaborating in analysis conferences.

  • Capacity to work independently on personal initiative and to strict deadlines.

  • Wonderful interpersonal and communication expertise.

  • Fascinating Standards 


  • Expertise of growing prime quality impactful analysis by way of collaborative tasks with {industry}, notably new ventures/small companies.

  • Have expertise of publication document in peer-reviewed journal/established conferences, commensurate with stage of profession.

  • A monitor document of speaking analysis at tutorial conferences, symposia, or conferences, commensurate with stage of profession.

  • Demonstrable means to develop analysis proposals and designs in collaboration with different teachers and industrial companions.

  • Expertise in working in complicated undertaking surroundings with a number of companions. 

  • Abilities

  • Information of academic-industry engagement.

  • Information of science commercialisation.

  • Information of expertise switch and college spin outs.

  • Demonstrable means to plan and handle impartial analysis. 

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