Research Projects & Contracts Consultant (Contracts Negotiation Specialist)

Job no: 504329
Work type: Full Time
Location: Various locations
Categories: Administration

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The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) is responsible for the development and strategic enhancement of Macquarie University's research, research training, and innovation profile as well as the creation, support and advancement of local, national and international research collaborations and partnerships.

The Research Policy and Contracts team is responsible for all matters relating to research policy both internally and externally, as well as managing the review and execution of research agreements.

The Role

The Research Policy and Contracts team is seeking an experienced lawyer/contract negotiator for a 12 month parental replacement position. This is a great opportunity to contribute your expertise in supporting cutting edge research that solves real world problems. Reporting to the Manager, Research Policy and Contracts, you will be accountable for providing expert advice and skill in contract negotiation and interpretation of research related legislation. Dealing directly with researchers in fields ranging from sociology to laser physics and from health economics to neurosurgery, you will develop guidelines and processes to determine and manage acceptable risk relating to research contracts. You’ll need to maintain currency in law and legislation affecting researchers, including contract and intellectual property law, as well as defence-related legislation (including the Defence Control Trade Act 2012 and the Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011). This will enable you to deliver educational programs to facilitate researchers’ compliance with their legislative obligations.

Building strong relationships with partners and key internal and external stakeholders will be an integral to the role and there are many opportunities to network with similar roles in the sector.

You will possess broad based commercial experience in contract negotiation and have real world expertise in applying risk management thinking and practices to research management issues. Your advanced problem solving skills coupled with strong planning and execution skills will ensure your success.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this position, please apply online submitting your cover letter (no more than 2 pages) which addresses the criteria below and upload this and your CV as part of the application process:

  • A sound knowledge of and extensive experience in intellectual property law and contract law
  • A strong and successful track record in drafting, reviewing and negotiating complex documents (often in a high-volume environment)
  • A deep and well-informed understanding of risk assessments strategies in contract management
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to translate technical or complex terms and concepts into straightforward language
  • Extensive experience developing and implementing initiatives and projects across an organisation

Salary Package: From $100,706 to $112,058 p.a. (Level 8), plus 9.5% employer's superannuation and annual leave loading

Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed term (12 month, parental replacement) available from October

Specific Role Enquiries: Ann-Marie Heinrich, Manager, Research Policy and Contracts on or phone +61 2 9850 6845

General Recruitment Enquiries: Marleen Baeten, HR Officer on

Applications Close: Sunday, 2 September 2018 at 11.55pm (AEST) - Extended date

Position Description: Research Projects & Contracts Consultant_8.pdf

Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.

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