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Innovation Analyst Graduate

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210000UF Requisition #


Science and Technology Facilities Council


STFC Innovation is the technology transfer unit of STFC. Working as part of the Business and Innovation Directorate, it is responsible for the commercialisation and transfer of technology from the National Labourites to Industry. 

Our facilities provide a range of research techniques using neutrons, muons, lasers and x-rays, and high-performance computing, where the complex analysis of large data and the expertise of our engineers and scientists cover a broad range of STEM fields. It is the role of the Innovation Team to work with STFC scientists and engineers across the UK to capture the IP of an initial spark and take it through to patent, licence or spin-out - handling the journey end-to-end! Through technology transfer, the Innovation Team seeks to deliver economic growth and societal impact as well as maximise the return on public investment. 

Summary of Key Duties and Responsibilities

As an Innovation Analyst, you will interact with the engineers and scientists within the STFC to understand their research and to determine whether there is any commercial potential. You will contribute to researching the novelty behind an invention to help determine the intellectual property (IP), the potential market or future applications, and whether there are any competing technologies. You will support the analysis of commercialisation and IP options for STFC innovations and contribute to the business case and IP strategy for their exploitation. 

Alongside your manager as a guide, you will have a portfolio of projects that will require both commercial and technical development and you will help secure funding to your projects to enable them to progress. This role requires extensive communication with technical staff and all levels of personnel from across the organisation. There will be a requirement for occasional travel to other STFC sites and partners’ locations. 

In order to apply for the role


  • Obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2020, 2021 or be due to receive it in 2022 
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above 
  • The right to live and work in the UK 
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Strong networking and relationship building skills 
  • Commercial outlook 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team 
  • Ability to communicate clearly with scientific team and quickly understand technical concepts
  • Ability to present opportunities to non-technical audiences 
  • Understanding of intellectual property rights 


  • Business, economics or management electives/course 
  • Industrial or innovation-based work experience 
  • Knowledge of project management principles 
  • An understanding of technology transfer 
  • A keen interest in the science performed at STFC 

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 

The STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world. 

As one of Europe’s largest research organisations, we’re trusted to support, enable and undertake ground-breaking projects in an outstanding diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving progressive advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale. 

For more information about STFC please visit 

You can also visit our careers site 

About UK Research Innovation (UKRI) 

UKRI is an organisation that brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England and Innovate UK. Together, we build an independent organisation with a strong voice and vision ensuring the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

Supporting some of the world’s most exciting and challenging research projects, we develop and operate some of the most remarkable scientific facilities in the world. We are pushing the frontiers of human knowledge through fundamental research and delivering benefits for UK society and the economy through world-class research, skills and business-led innovation. 

More information can be found at  

How we support EDI in the workforce 

At UKRI, we believe that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect, and to be provided with equal opportunities to thrive and succeed in an environment that enables them to do so. We also value diversity of thought and experience within inclusive groups, organisations and the wider community. For further information, please visit ‘How we support EDI in the workforce’

Disability Confident Employer

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation. 

How to apply 

Online applications only preferred for this role. Please submit a CV and covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation for UKRI and the role. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit an application without a covering letter may result in the application not being considered. Assessment will only be based upon the content of your submitted covering letter and CV and not the ‘experience’ section of the application. 

UKRI seeks to ensure it creates and maintains a system of openness, fairness and inclusion – a collaborative, trusted environment, which is attractive to and accessible to everyone who is interested in developing their career with us. 

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