Ghent University is seeking an experienced collaborator to support public and private funding applications for the development of innovative technologies within the domain of “Cure & Prevention”.
ABOUT GHENT UNIVERSITY
Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With its 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.
Ghent University is committed to stimulating the commercialization of innovative knowledge and technology. For its liaison with industry, Ghent University has a network of specialized business development centers (BDC), funded by the Industrial Research Fund (IOF), and backed by a central Technology Transfer Office.
The BDC group research teams by application domain or research expertise and are headed by a Business Developer. Key activities of the Business Developer include building strategic technology portfolios, setting-up industrial partnerships, and creating spin-off companies.
To support the BDC DISCOVERE, PROVAXS, Protein Technologies, ChemTech and ACTT, Ghent University is looking for an Innovation Officer to support applications for funding of activities that foster the development of UGent strategic technologies in the domain of Cure & Prevention.
In recent years, the field of health care has seen remarkable discoveries and rapid progress. New gene, protein and cell-based medicines are under development that change the way we will cure and prevent diseases in animals and humans in the future.
Cure & Prevention is a challenging area with high-risk and financially demanding trajectories before novel technologies become attractive for industrial partners, investors and/or public health accelerators. The present ecosystem at AUGent with the 5 IOF BDC listed above that are active in this domain offer an unprecedented framework to capture public and private funding opportunities that specifically aim to support cure & prevention innovations.
The Innovation Officer will promote and facilitate the submission of high-quality grant applications, such as EU, VLAIO, FWO, IOF, accelerators, and patient organisation funds. Priority will be given to projects and programmes for which Ghent University presents critical mass in developing highly innovative product/technology concepts (small molecules, biologics, ATMPs, vaccines, alternatives to antibiotics, drug delivery systems, enabling technologies) or have an impact on public health and animal welfare.
Direct support of business developers and principal investigators by the Innovation Officer in project writing is central to our approach in close collaboration with internal and external networks/platforms (industry networks, IOF platforms) and central support initiatives).
The Innovation Officer will have a key role in supporting research projects and acquiring (governmental and mixed public-private) research funding for innovative technologies that could have major economical and societal impact. The goal is to bring these technologies to a level (proof-of-concept, pilot, demonstration, …) at which they can be further developed towards final health solutions, either with an industrial partner or via a spin-off.
As an Innovation Officer, you will:
Proactively search for innovative technologies with high impact potential within the business development centers.
Screen the competitive landscape of innovative technologies by performing literature studies, patent screenings and/or market analysis.
Be pro-active to the participating BDC with regard to new opportunities for innovation, identify appropriate funding channels and inform scientists on specific project calls, either in Flanders (FWO, VLAIO, …) or internationally (Horizon 2020, …)
Initiate and coordinate project funding proposals in close collaboration with the scientists and the Business Developers. You will actively contribute to the grant writing of innovative research projects, with a focus on the path to market, the socio-economic impact and the fit with the project call.
Manage the project portfolio and follow-up on reporting requirements.
Have close collaborations with Ghent University’s Tech Transfer Office and EU-granting office in order to provide maximal support in the process of acquiring innovation projects for the scientist involved.
On longer term, this position will enable you to build an extensive network of academic and business partners in a number of research areas and to obtain a deep understanding of the value chain in the corresponding industries and markets.
PhD in the Life Sciences, or at least 5 years of equivalent experience in scientific research in the “Cure & Prevention” field
In-depth scientific knowledge and expertise in biology/life sciences
Profound knowledge of European and National research funding schemes
Able to work independent, accurately and to meet deadlines
Masters the art of project writing (both Dutch and English).
Experience in applying for European projects, regional projects with industry involvement, bilateral cooperation projects, etc.
Working experience with strategic research management in an academy-to-business environment
Experience with management of large-scale collaborative R&D-projects
Draws her/his energy from preparing projects in a team setting
Strong communication and inter-personal skills
Enthusiastic can-do mentality, while being diplomatic and integer
Basic knowledge of aspects of industrial drug development and business development can be an important asset.
Location: Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
This position involves a contractual appointment of indefinite duration. Career prospects are multiple in the context of a stimulating employment status, which will largely depend on your knowledge and experience.
How to apply?
Applications for this position should be written in English and include:
A 1-page cover letter
A 1-2 page CV, summarizing your career, including a list of publications and contact information for three referees
For more information you can contact Dr. Dominic De Groote (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please apply (motivational letter and CV) before May 1st by e-mail to email@example.comContinue reading
|Title||Innovation Officer Cure & Prevention (15032) - Pharmaceutics|
|Job location||Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33, 9000 Gent|
|Published||June 5, 2020|
|Job types||Researcher  |
|Fields||Biomedicine,   Pharmacy & Pharmacology,   Health Science  |