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STAR Hub Industry Engagement Manager

Surrey, United Kingdom
£28,819 0.8 FTE (28.8 hours a week)
Closing date
7 Jan 2024

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Nutritional Sciences

Location: Guildford
Salary: £28,819 0.8 FTE (28.8 hours a week)
Fixed Term Contract to 12/11/27
Post Type: Part Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Sunday 07 January 2024
Interview Date: Monday 22 January 2024
Reference: 062723

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the STAR Hub at the University of Surrey, for a self-motivated, pro-active, and highly organised individual to join our team.

The University of Surrey are ambitious and have a bold vision of what we want to achieve - shaping ourselves into one of the best universities in the world, which we are achieving through the talents and endeavour of every employee. Our culture empowers people to achieve this aim and to collectively make a real difference.  

About the role

The STAR Hub (Start Health – Stay Healthy | Aligning Public and Planetary Health Through Precision Plant-Based Dietary Solutions across the Life-course) is a Diet and Health Open Innovation Research Club (OIRC) innovation hub, which is funded by the UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). The Hub is led by the University of Surrey in collaboration with the Universities of Reading, Newcastle, Ulster and Leeds. It brings together UK-based academics, businesses and wider stakeholders invested in the food and drink sector, to develop innovative and sustainable plant/fungi/algae-based products, services and systems targeted at specific life stages to improve and maintain health across the life-course. 

We are seeking a motivated Industry Engagement Manager, passionate about diet and health and, in particular, plant/fungi/algae-based foods, to manage and promote the STAR Hub's activities, build our Hub community, and broker new academic-industry partnerships leading to the development of new projects, external funding opportunities and investment. 

About you 

In order to be successful in this post you will need to evidence the following experience and skills;

  • An understanding of knowledge exchange and of the research, policy and market trends in diet and health or specifically plant/fungi/algae-based foods.  
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills, experience of working on bioscience-based projects, and in developing partnerships between academia and industry. 
  • Ability to understand the perspectives of businesses operating in the food industry, and to tailor content and communication to an audience’s needs.

What we offer

  • Generous annual leave entitlement of 25 days’ holiday + 7 closure days and 8 bank holidays (pro-rata)
  • Generous pension
  • Hybrid/flexible working options
  • Supportive, family-friendly benefits incl. an excellent on-site nursery
  • Access to campus leisure facilities

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.

How to apply

Please click on the "Apply Online" button and complete an application form where you can submit your supporting evidence against very specific criteria related to the role; and attach your CV.

Additional information on how to apply

  1. The supporting evidence sections should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria. 
  2. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. This is an essential part of the selection process and allows you to tailor your response to the specific role rather than having to amend your CV. 
  3. Failure to provide this information will potentially have an impact your application from being considered. In these sections please avoid responding with "refer to CV" unless the detailed answer is in your CV.
  4. Please note CVs cannot be accepted without a completed application form.

For informal enquiries about the role, please contact Dr Kourosh Ahmadi, STAR Hub Principal Investigator (

Interviews will be held on 22 January 2024 at the University of Surrey.

Further details:    Job Description    

For more information and to apply online, please download the further details and click on the 'apply online' button above.

In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where appropriate , flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.

The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

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