Innovation advisor


Ref LiU-2022-02844

Skilled and committed employees are a crucial factor in the success of Linköping University. And we need more of them. Our core expertise comes from teachers and researchers, but a successful university requires experienced and motivated employees in many fields. Everyone is important. We need to recruit many new employees thanks to, among all, an expansion in our research activity. We need you here. We look forward to receiving your application!

We are looking for an Innovation advisor within University Services.

The Strategic Collaborations Office is a support function tasked with ensuring that knowledge generated at Linköping University benefits society. Our mission is twofold: to assist researchers, teaching staff and students to translate their knowledge and innovative ideas into practical benefits; and to develop the University’s ability to make its knowledge available through strategic collaborations with other higher education institutions and selected external partners. Our overarching objective is to ensure that society can reap the benefits of the University’s knowledge. The office employs innovation advisors, collaboration developers and fundraisers. The Strategic Collaborations Office is one of three offices at the International Affairs and Collaborations Division of University Services. Gender equality and diversity are important aspects of recruitment, as we strive to ensure that our unit reflects society in general and the University in particular.

Your future duties  
As an innovation advisor, you will work within the framework of the government’s innovation assignment, with societal benefits in focus. You will be a member of a team of specialists in various fields who jointly support the University’s researchers and teachers in translating their research results and knowledge into practical benefits. The role consists of supporting the organisation in planning, identifying and developing research results and knowledge that can provide concrete solutions to societal problems, thereby having an impact beyond academia.

The position involves operational and strategic activities with both individual researchers and research environments from the initial planning stage, to securing funding and on through the entire research and innovation cycle. Commercialisation is one way to ensure the benefits of knowledge and, in this regard, knowledge of intellectual property rights and commercialisation provides an important qualification.

New projects in collaboration with the private and public sectors often take the form of joint grant applications, the success of which is generally dependent on societal relevance and impact. In this regard, you are a driving force and support for research environments in identifying and describing these elements to strengthen applications. This means establishing and developing a project portfolio in the specific field (humanities, social sciences or engineering). You will be responsible for creating and developing close relationships with research environments, as well as for the inflow of ideas within the chosen fields and how they reach out to provide societal benefits. You will work closely with other stakeholders in Linköping University’s innovation support system, such as our business incubators. To succeed in this position, you will require a wide network of national and international stakeholders.

Your future workplace
Linköping University (LiU) has 35,900 students and 4,300 employees on four campuses. LiU conducts world-class, cross-border research in fields such as IT, mobile communications, medical technology, visualisation and the environment. Linköping University also hosts the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP), Sweden’s largest single research investment. 

LiU has a long tradition of collaboration with the surrounding community and we prioritise the utilisation of our knowledge to meet global challenges in collaboration with societal stakeholders.

LiU’s commitment to innovation, collaboration and utilisation to meet global challenges is reflected in the University’s vision: “By thinking the unthinkable and doing the undoable, we take on the challenges of the day. Resolute on our path, we know that together our actions, large and small, contribute to a better world.”

We are looking forward to welcoming a new recruit to our experienced team here at the Strategic Collaborations Office.

Your qualifications
We are seeking someone with a strong interest in research, innovation and sustainability. It is crucial that you have documented experience of translating research results and knowledge into practice or policy. The position demands that you have an excellent grasp of stakeholders’ needs and the ability to match those needs with specific initiatives based on knowledge and research at Linköping University. You are highly socially competent and able to build long-term, sustainable relationships. You are humble, receptive, have the ability to build trust internally and externally and find it easy to develop contacts. As a person, you are goal-oriented, structured and driven to develop Linköping University’s work to utilise our research and knowledge.

We would like to see that you have:

  • a Degree of Licentiate or Degree of Doctor;
  • experience of communication and building strong working relationships with research financiers, researchers, decision-makers, NGOs and the private sector;
  • experience of managing a portfolio of research and innovation projects in the humanities and social sciences or engineering;
  • experience of assessing the commercial potential of ideas from academia at an early stage; and
  • excellent ability to communicate in English in both writing and speech.

Other useful qualifications include:

  • experience of processes/work related to intellectual property rights and commercialisation;
  • international experience obtained in a similar position at a European higher education institution; and
  • documented experience of describing, following up and measuring the societal impact of specific research.

Form of employment
Permanent. Full-time.

Starting date
By agreement.

Salary and employment benefits
The university applies individual salaries. Please indicate salary demands in the application.

More information about employment benefits at Linköping University is available here.

Union representatives
Information about union representatives, see Help for applicants.

Application procedure
Apply for the position by clicking the “Apply” button below. Your application must reach Linköping University no later than 15th of August 2022. 

Applications and documents received after the date above will not be considered.

We welcome applicants with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives - diversity enriches our work and helps us grow. Preserving everybody's equal value, rights and opportunities is a natural part of who we are. Read more about our work with: Equal opportunities.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Contact persons

Maria Swartz


+46 13 28 89 93

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