Job Opportunities: University of Birmingham ARLI Project

The University of Birmingham are advertising several job opportunities associated with delivery of the ERDF funded ARLI (Alternative Raw Materials with Low Impact) Project. The closing date for all positions is 27 September 2020.

Research Technical Officer (3 positions)

  • Salary: £30,942 to £40,322 with potential progression once in post to £42,792 a year
  • Full time fixed term contract

Main Responsibilities

  • To plan, develop and deliver research and development using a range of methods / facilities dedicated to the ARLI project.
  • Demonstrate solutions to manufacturing issues relevant to the ARLI stakeholders, notably the West Midlands LEP areas SME supply chain.
  • To suggest and contribute to the development of research techniques, models and methods, process improvement, quality assurance, in collaboration with colleagues within the ARLI partnership.
  • Working with the Senior Technical Officer, Project Manager and Business Engagement Manager in the delivery of business assists and knowledge transfer activities through:
    • identifying new materials and innovations arising from their work or that of co-workers which may provide sources of new intellectual property;
    • contributing to the writing of bids for future work in the ARLI themes and delivery of resulting collaborative projects;
    • contributing to the planning and organising of the programme and/or specific research activities;
    • preparing papers and presentations for management groups and other bodies;
    • undertaking related management/administration required to deliver the research objectives;
    • analysing and interpreting the results of own research and generating ideas based on outcomes of benefit to the sustainability of ARLI

Business Engagement Officer

  • Salary: £27,511 to £30,046. With potential progression once in post to £33,797 a year
  • Full time fixed term contract

Main Responsibilities

  • Supporting the BEM in the promotion and delivery of business seminars, workshops, practical demonstrations, e-marketing and other promotional material focused on informing LEP SMEs of the objectives of the ARLI project.
  • Assist the BEM in attracting and engaging regional SMEs through activities such as: direct calls and site visits, organization and hosting of workshops and events, attendance at industry focused external conferences and events.
  • Build and maintain effective internal relationships, including those with groups in the School of Engineering, Commercial Development and in RIS, and with academic groups active in materials, engineering and research.
  • Understanding the issues faced by regional SMEs in accessing the University’s research and identifying where University technology or expertise could benefit their business.
  • With the assistance of the BEM, supporting senior executives in these SMEs in the development of their internal business cases to justify investment in R&D&I activity with the University.
  • Providing on-going support to University/SME teams to deliver collaborative projects.
  • Working in support of the Project Manager and Business Engagement Manager in the development of business assists and collaborative projects.