Technology Transfer Manager / Process Controller (m/f/d)

Alfred Wegener Institute
June 07, 2023
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Technology Transfer Manager / Process Controller (m/f/d)

Background Ocean observation-based data and information are of great importance to understand and make predictions about the state of our oceans, its role in global climate, and ocean processes. Without this ocean observation, we cannot sustainably use and conserve the ocean. Yet data from direct ocean observations are not available in sufficient density and quality. With Shaping an Ocean of Possibilities - SOOP we want to establish a Helmholtz Innovation Platform to contribute to a sustainable improvement of the situation. SOOP has been launched by the German Polar and Marine Research Centers AWI, GEOMAR and Hereon. It aims at societally relevant technology transfer that will promote and enable innovations in the field of ocean observation. SOOP establishes an international network of research institutes and companies, of dedicated scientists, engineers, knowledge seekers and supporters. SOOP develops usable, sustainable technological solutions for the involvement of all, to build innovative ocean observing measurement systems that allow both highly professional researchers and technicians to make measurements at good standards, as well as enabling broad and diverse measurements by amateurs. We aim to enable the construction of easy-to-use and cost-effective measurement systems. SOOP supports the development of active measurement networks outside the traditional scientific domain and the broad societal use of the ocean observation data obtained.

SOOP is intended to be an active interface between all partners. With an initially limited funding of SOOP, novel, partly open-source innovation processes and structures shall be initiated, tested and evaluated. We are looking for people who would like to join us in tackling the tasks in the pilot phase with commitment and fun, and who would like to contribute to making the project a long-term success and consolidating it as a socially important innovation platform.

The advertised position is located in the Technology Transfer Office and aims at the internal strengthening and support of scientists and innovators with regard to the initiation and operational implementation of transfer and innovation projects in the context of the start-up phase of SOOP.


  • Establishment of an internal, inter-departmental support system for scientists and innovators with regard to the initiation and implementation of technology transfer projects within the framework of the start-up phase of the innovation platform SOOP.

  • Testing of internal operational support for initial innovation, transfer and spin-off projects in the SOOP start-up phase, including the associated administrative processes

  • Definition and establishment of an expectation management and proactive communication between involved departments of science, administration and the directorate in the SOOP start-up phase

  • Mutual translation of scientific-technical or administrative issues to accelerate the initiation of innovation processes

  • Monitoring of process progress in the start-up phase of SOOP and preparation of reports and presentations in the context of reporting and peer review

  • Requirements

  • Completed studies in a relevant subject, preferably with a Master's degree.
  • Understanding of scientific-technical issues and complex processes.
  • Empathy and team spirit combined with communication and moderation skills
  • Profound knowledge of English and German, both written and spoken
  • Willingness to travel for business occasionally (e.g., to AWI sites and partners; participation in trade fairs)
  • Desirable skills and knowledge

  • Professional experience in areas such as key accounting, innovation and/or project management
  • Experience in the areas of science, transfer, market exploration and/or spin-offs
  • Further Information

    Please contact Prof. Dr. Eberhard Sauter (eber[email protected]; +49(471-4831-1517) for further information.

    This is a full-time position, limited to 3 years. It is also suitable for part-time employment. The salary will be paid in accordance with the Collective Agreement for the Public Service of the Federation (Tarifvertrag des öffentlichen Dienstes, TVöD Bund), up to salary level 13. The place of employment will be Bremerhaven.

    The AWI is characterised by

  • our scientific success - excellent research
  • collaboration and cooperation - intra-institute, national and international, interdisciplinary
  • opportunities to develop – on the job and towards other positions
  • an international environment – everyday contacts with people from all over the world
  • flexible working hours and the possibility of mobile working up to 50% of regular working hours
  • Health promotion and company fitness with qualitrain
  • support services and a culture of reconciling work and family
  • Occupational pension provision (VBL)
  • Jobticket
  • Equal opportunities are an integral part of our personnel policy. The AWI aims to increase the number of employees who are women, and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to apply.

    Applicants with disabilities will be given preference when equal qualifications are present.

    The AWI fosters the compatibility of work and family in various ways and has received a number of awards as a result of this engagement.

    We look forward to your application!

    Please submit your application by June 7 th 2023, exclusively online. Reference number: 23/86/G/WTT-b


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