Head of Funding & Partnerships - The Venture Science Doctorate

Deep Science Ventures

London, England, United Kingdom Remote

Full time


Jan 22

The Venture Science Doctorate (VSD) is the world’s first venture creation focused PhD programme.

You will be responsible for attracting funding in order to be able to offer additional studentships on the programme, working primarily with governments and research agencies, philanthropies and corporates. Once companies are formed, you will be responsible for supporting these brand new companies with fundraising. Part time applicants welcome.

You will not be alone. You will be part of a tight knit founding team, including Claire Thorne, the former Director of Innovation at the University of Surrey, Dominic Falcao, one of the founders of Deep Science Ventures and Thane Campbell, responsible for building the programme to where it is today. You will be embedded in the wider DSV team and be able to draw on the relevant expertise of our dedicated sector and platform teams: more than 25 people specialised in science commercialisation in the fields of Therapeutics, Climate, Computation and Agriculture. There is already a significant pipeline of potential funders to build on.

Key Responsibilities

  • Developing strategy and materials - develop a funding strategy, and build on the base of the materials used to secure three successful funding agreements, signed with each of a government, a philanthropy and a corporate, and hone these so that they truly show the value of the VSD
  • Stakeholder relations - you will take on management of relationships with existing partners, ensuring that the team comes together to fulfil expectations and deliverables to those partners on time and to a high level of quality
  • Deal development - you will take on and expand our existing pipeline of possible funders: targeting government, corporates and philanthropies, cultivating relationships to meet the ambition of backing >50 candidates in the next 5 years
  • Portfolio fundraising - you will support companies arising from the programme to fundraise, making use of Deep Science Ventures’ existing investor network and expanding this where appropriate

About the Venture Science Doctorate (VSD)

We are setting out to materially alter and broaden the definition of “scientist”.

The VSD, run by Deep Science Ventures, is the world’s first 3 year, fully-accredited PhD run in labs at the world’s best universities. Focused exclusively on solving global challenges in health and climate through science as the basis for new science companies. This is an opportunity to radically impact the postgraduate STEM landscape.

The VSD is backed by:

  • Schmidt Futures - the pioneering global philanthropic facility for science founded by the former CEO of Google - Eric Schmidt
  • InnovateUK - the UK’s primary government innovation agency
  • The global technology organisation VDE, The Mayo Clinic, The University of Edinburgh and the Henry Royce Institute - a national network of leading labs from across the UK, which include Imperial College, Oxford University and the University of Manchester among many others.

You can read more about the programme itself on the dedicated VSD site, here.


About You

Most recent career focus should be on fundraising and partnerships development, ideally with government and philanthropy, especially in strategic/commercial/business development roles, demonstrating aptitude for value creation and getting deals done.

We're looking for:

  • Background in business development and/or commercial strategy and fundraising, ideally in education, science or climate;
  • Intimate understanding of the early-stage commercialisation process acquired through previous exposure to the startup, Venture Capital, Corporate Venture Capital, National Science Cluster, Technology Transfer Office environment etc.
  • Network-driven, enjoys supporting and guiding others through collaborative teamwork.


More than anything we’re looking for you to bring a vision of how you would drive the development of the programme, the current constraints of the education sector and how to overcome them, an eye for opportunity and the founder type mindset to bring together the right people to make it happen.

Likely to have held one of more of the following roles/titles in the past: Founder or Co-founder,Head of Strategic Partnerships, Head of Business Development, Partnerships Manager, etc.


  • Industry beating equity-incentivisation and a competitive salary;
  • The chance to co-found a global postgraduate programme and work with us to secure millions in funding to scale this to thousands of candidates;
  • Space to develop deep expertise in the key developmental areas for science entrepreneurship, such as resilience, empathy, persuasion and creativity
  • Option to work either in Central London from high spec offices, or remotely from anywhere in the world with allowances for office equipment, co-working and travel to London;
  • Opportunity to spend time in person with the team regularly with quarterly off-sites;
  • Tailored personal and leadership development plan;
  • Opportunity to co-found and lead ‘spin-off’ business units of DSV;
  • Access to some of the most entrepreneurial Professors and innovative research labs in the world aswell as leaders in the “science of science” field.

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