University of Cambridge looking for first Professor of Innovation

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Dr John C Taylor OBE has funded the new position of Professor of Innovation at Cambridge University

Thanks to a philanthropic donation from one of the most successful British inventors of the last 50 years, the University of Cambridge is now looking to hire a Professor of Innovation to inspire the next generation.

Dr John C Taylor OBE, a man with over 400 patents to his name, including cooling systems for Jaguar cars; electrical control parts; the bimetallic thermostat and 360-degrees cordless connectors for kettles, graduated from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1959, and wants the UK to continue its incredible track record of inventors, engineers and thinkers.

“It’s essential that those who have great ideas have the skills and support to develop successful business models around them. This way, they can develop inventions from prototype to production for the benefit of the creator while generating local employment through manufacturing growth.
“This is the sort of insight that the Professor of Innovation would give to the bright minds of the Department of Engineering, and why it’s so essential that the students have guidance on how to make their business plans work for them.”

The new professorship, which has been endowed in perpetuity, will combine teaching and research to ensure young engineers combine innovation with practicality when approaching design.

The successful applicant will need to have vision, leadership, experience and enthusiasm and will hold a PhD or equivalent postgraduate qualification, taking up the position on 1 October 2017.


Applications close on 2 May 2017.

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