Quantum Cluster Development Manager

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Didcot, Oxfordshire, UK
£50702 - £56336 per annum
Closing date
5 Oct 2022

Job Details

Quantum Cluster Development Manager

Salary: £50,702 -£56,336 (Band F) gross per annum dependent on experience. Specialist Allowances may be available *

Location: RAL, Harwell Campus- Oxfordshire

Contract Type: Open Ended (Permanent)

Hours: Full Time (We understand the importance of work-life balance, and are happy to discuss the possibility of flexible working with applicants)

Closing Date: 5th October 2022

*This role may be eligible for up to £5000 Specialist Allowance depending on experience

Visa Sponsorship: We are able to sponsor Visa applications, reimburse application fees, and encourage international candidates to apply. A relocation package may be available

Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers and business support team explore the unknown and turn what they find into work that changes the world around us.

Harwell Campus is developing clusters focussed on key high-potential sectors of the UK economy, and encouraging multidisciplinary collaboration between clusters across the campus and beyond to spark innovation and fresh thinking. This role will develop and manage a new Cluster in Quantum, with a primary focus at Harwell.

The Quantum Cluster Development Manager will jointly report to the Director of Clusters- Harwell and the Deputy Director - Innovation, National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC), working closely with both teams and also with the Harwell Joint Venture Partnership.

The key elements of this role are developing the strategy for the new Quantum Cluster and supporting the growth of companies within the Quantum Cluster. You will work to exploit the cross-disciplinary activities inherent at Harwell for the benefit of the Quantum community. You will develop links to regional clusters around the UK to mutual benefit and the benefit of the UK economy, whilst building and maintaining the strategy for the cluster by identifying critical success factors and attracting key player. This will ultimately accelerate growth by engaging in new opportunities.

Person Specification

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in a Physics, Computer Science or Engineering related field or similar equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Quantum sector and Quantum-enabled services, applications and links to other sectors such as Energy, Health and Space
  • Proven ability to translate strategic plans into deliverable actions which deliver the required results
  • Demonstrated experience in creating and developing business strategies and demonstrated ability to think, plan and operate strategically and lead others in planning
  • Excellent knowledge of both the Quantum SME community and large corporations
  • Proven leadership experience - an ability to demonstrate vision and take people with you
  • Experience in the implementation of collaborative programmes

This is an exciting time to join the NQCC where you will have the opportunity to harness your experience and drive forward quantum computing within the UK.

STFC offers a benefits package crafted to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days' annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, outstanding pension scheme and social and sporting activities and societies.

We ask some of the biggest questions in the universe, to answer some of the biggest challenges

in the world. Together, our scientists, technologists, engineers and business-support team

explore the unknown across every field you could think of. What could you achieve with world-leading facilities and experts of one of Europe's largest research organisations by your side?

Join us and discover what's possible


STFC imageAt the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), research is driven by practical applications and a curiosity to create a world-leading hub of scientific and engineering excellence. Our science and facilities enable researchers to answer fundamental questions about the nature of the universe. Success typically requires long-term strategic investment, international collaboration on a global scale and the capability to push the limits of technology and engineering. To remain internationally competitive in our areas of science and to keep our facilities at the leading edge, we have to develop bespoke technology that cannot be reliably sourced on the open market, for example in detectors and instrumentation, accelerators, specialist engineering, optics and e-infrastructure. These technologies are often also applied to address broader societal and industrial challenges and we actively promote their translation and commercialization.

Why work for us
When you join STFC, you become a key part of one of Europe’s largest research organizations. We are trusted to support, enable, and undertake cutting-edge projects in an amazing diversity of fields that you could be a part of. With access to our world-class facilities, people like you are helping us to drive ground-breaking advances in science, engineering, computing and technology.

  • The Particle Physics Department (PPD) is one of the largest particle physics groups in the UK. We design, construct and operate some of the most sensitive scientific instruments in the world, collaborating with partners in academia, industry and international laboratories such as CERN. We currently work with the ATLAS, CMS, LHCb, DUNE, Hyper-K, T2K, MICE, Lux-Zeplin, DEAP-3600, CERN RD50, Electron Ion Collider and AION collaborations.
  • The National Quantum Computing Centre (NQCC) is a £93m UKRI investment over five years based at the Harwell Campus. This is a strategic element within the overall £1bn, 10-year investment into quantum technologies made by the UK since 2014.

Our benefits

  • 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 public and privilege days.
  • Flexible or hybrid working may be available dependent on role.
  • Defined benefit pension scheme (employer contribution – currently up to 26%).
  • Sport and social groups across campus with access to an on-site gym.

For more information on all of our employee benefits, visit www.stfccareers.co.uk/why-join/rewards-and-benefits.

Who we are looking for
The UK has a world-class research and innovation system. Our expertise spans all fields of knowledge, from the discovery of penicillin and monoclonal antibodies, to the jet engine and the World Wide Web. Therefore it is vital for us to have the best people at all levels throughout UKRI. We want to continue to attract a mix of talented professionals, scientists and engineers.


Number of employees
STFC has 2594 staff members across the UK and UKRI has approx. 8000

Main areas of research
Our work encompasses everything from the physical, biological and social
sciences, to innovation, engineering, medicine, the environment, as well as arts and the humanities

Positions recently recruited for
Electronic engineers, data scientists, research associates CMS/DUNE, research associate on electron ion collider (EiC), ion trap physicists

Desired degree disciplines/class
A STEM degree

How to apply
Apply online at www.careersportal.co.uk/UKRI-careers/jobs/search/256393 

Closing date
All year round

Quantum physics and computing vacancies: E-mail amy.corpe@ukri.org
Particle physics vacancies: E-mail corinna.kilpatrick@ukri.org

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Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
OX11 0QX
United Kingdom

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