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The Solent Cluster Knowledge Exchange Fellow

Mechanical Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £34,314 to £41,931 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 12 months
Closing Date:  Friday 02 June 2023
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2212623DA-R

An excellent opportunity exists for a Knowledge Exchange Fellow based within Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute at the University of Southampton to support the growth of the recently launched Solent Cluster that will drive clean growth innovation and decarbonisation as the UK embarks on its journey to Net Zero by 2050. The Solent Cluster will play a fundamental role in pioneering decarbonisation in the Solent and in the national and global response to climate change.  More information on the Solent Cluster can be found at

The University of Southampton is one of the three founding members of the Solent Cluster alongside ExxonMobil and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The proposed role offers the opportunity to be at the forefront of the decarbonisation research and knowledge exchange agenda. The specific focus of the role will be to: identifying research into decarbonisation that is already happening across the University of Southampton with potential for impact and engagement in the local region; drawing on University of Southampton’s expertise to help set the agenda for regional decarbonisation policy and development; building relationships with regional stakeholders; identifying gaps and opportunities for further knowledge exchange for the region.

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world Universities and one of the UK’s top 15 research-intensive universities. You will be part of the pan-University interdisciplinary Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute and an associate within the School of Engineering within in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, both of which are internationally recognised for its research into decarbonisation. Information about Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences can be found at

You will have completed or be near to completing a doctoral degree in a relevant discipline including, but not limited to, engineering, physical sciences, policy or social sciences; and with demonstrable skills in synthesising scientific literature, communicating with end users in the public and third sector, and/or delivering knowledge exchange and enterprise activities.

You will be work across sectors alongside academics, industrial partners, public sectors and wider community. Based at the University of Southampton, you will identify, synthesise and communicate key insights from existing research, and co-generating new research opportunities based on insights from external partners. You will work closely with the Solent Cluster Project Manager who will be based within the Solent LEP, and as part of complementary teams operating across the cluster. You will need to think on your feet, help develop creative, innovative, and inspired communications and thrive on being involved in a wide range of activities and disciplines.

As a university we aim to create an environment where everyone can thrive and are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work.  

With a generous holiday allowance of 44 days (30 days annual leave, 8 bank holidays and 6 closure days) we are committed to supporting our staff and students and open to a flexible working approach.   We have on campus childcare facilities.

This position is being offered on a full-time, fixed-term basis for 12 months.

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Apply by midnight on the closing date. For assistance contact Recruitment on +44(0)2380 592750 or quoting the job number.

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