Job Opportunities in IBRL

Business Development Manager

Position Summary

This is a full-time academic professional position.

Identify public and private partners to cultivate joint research/development and education projects with faculty and staff associated with the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) to ensure successful IBRL initiatives.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Foster and manage industry, government and other potential stakeholders to advance bioprocessing technology.
  • Utilize networking capabilities to establish mutually beneficial bioprocessing research and education related relationships.
  • Develop and grow a marketing/PR program to promote the IBRL and advance its research and education initiatives.
  • Develop and advance relationships with faculty, industry and organizations to secure funding commitments in support of IBRL projects.
  • Market IBRL research outcomes to industry in order to advance the adaptation and commercialization of bioprocessing advances to the business marketplace.
  • Establish relationships with other research and education entities (universities, public/private organizations) by marketing to attract partners with an interest in promoting joint research and educational programs within IBRL.
  • Establish, track and fulfill contractual agreements from funding agencies
  • Identify grant/funding opportunities, engage with faculty and industry partners on all aspects of proposal requirements, submissions and follow-up, paying close attention to required industry cost-share.
  • Provide stewardship with the sponsors of funded projects with IBRL to enhance established relationships by providing current, updated IBRL activities including staying abreast of upcoming and current activities in IBRL and informing the appropriate clients.
  • Schedule/facilitate research progress via management of space, including the assignment of lab and office space.
  • Coordinate and manage Professional Science Master’s degree recruitment, internship/employment opportunities, and networking opportunities for Bioprocessing and Bioenergy students.
  • Provide targeted academic advising to PSM Bioprocessing and Bioenergy students.
  • Plan, budget for, produce and oversee distribution of a variety of communications vehicles including but not limited to: press release, brochures, online public information materials for a variety of audiences.
  • Serve as primary liaison to other University marketing, news and communications units
  • Maintain and manage the IBRL website including: Design and develop content, regularly update and enhance.
  • Attend IBRL related events and present IBRL promotional material.
  • Work with external and internal advisory board of IBRL.

Education and Experience

Education:

Required: BS in Sciences, Engineering or Business/Economics related discipline

Preferred: MS in Sciences, Engineering or Business/Economics related discipline

Experience:

Required: At least two years of academic or industrial experience related to education or industry research initiatives.  Excellent communication skills, attention to detail and follow-up. Ability to deal with a diverse population including University faculty, administrators, and representatives of industrial partners. Familiarity with a university system, and experience in grant writing, report writing, and preparation of presentation materials.

Preferred:  Previous administrative and research experience in an engineering or science field. Record of working with industry and government organizations.

Salary and Benefits

Starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

Anticipated Starting Date

7/16/17 (no later than 8/16/17)

For further information, contact Jamie Price via e-mail (emberton@illinois.edu).

To view the full description and submit an application, please visit: jobs.illinois.edu.