Contracts and Licencing Manager
Contracts and Licencing Manager – Cambridge
Job reference: BAS 25/18
Contract type: Part-Time 22 hrs/Week
Duration: Fixed-Term Appointment (1 year Maternity Cover)
Salary: In the range of £35,222 to £38,254 per annum pro rata.
Benefits: We offer generous benefits
Team: British Antarctic Survey
Closing date: 25 February, 2018 11:59 pm
Description: The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), aims to undertake a world-class programme of scientific research, and to sustain for the UK an active and influential regional presence and a leadership role in Antarctic affairs.
We are looking to appoint a Contracts & Licensing Manager to:
- Act on behalf of BAS and our parent organization, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to establish an in-house research contracts and licensing service to support the work of BAS scientists.
- Provide a contract negotiation, drafting and advisory service for research collaborations funded by a range of sponsors including Research Councils, the European Commission and an increasing range of industrial sponsors.
- Consider protection of results for potential commercialisation, and appropriate access to intellectual property rights for sponsor and collaborators.
The post holder will act on behalf of BAS and our parent organization, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to provide an in-house research contracts and licensing service to support the work of BAS scientists. To also provide a contract negotiation, drafting and advisory service for research collaborations funded by a range of sponsors including Research Councils, the European Commission and an increasing range of industrial sponsors. To consider protection of results for potential commercialisation, and appropriate access to intellectual property rights for sponsor and collaborators.
Undergraduate degree in relevant subject (science, law, business).
- Establish a research contracts and licensing capability and implement associated information systems.
- Manage the negotiation and arrangement of BAS’s portfolio of research contracts.
- Negotiate and conclude complex research contracts and consortia agreements, associated sub-contracts and other agreements in a timely manner, either drafting or overseeing drafting and delivery.
- Draft and negotiate high value research contracts above specified delegated authority and check accuracy of all contracts for senior management signature.
- Work closely with the Director of Innovation & Impact to draft and negotiate commercial agreements in support of BAS’s strategic aim of diversifying funding streams.
- Draft & negotiate commercial contracts involving use of BAS/NERC assets e.g. chartering of ships and aircraft.
- Negotiate European Union funded consortium agreements under EU Framework arrangements and Horizon 2020.
- Working closely with the BAS Research Development & Support Team, manage establishment of consortium agreements where BAS is the project coordinator.
- Provide specialist support and advice for BAS staff and stakeholders on all aspects of contracts and contracts management, including intellectual property rights.
- Develop and Lead in-house training sessions at BAS Cambridge and ensure that training materials are up-to–date and appropriate.
- Ensure that all BAS contracts are legally robust. Minimise and secure appropriate contractual risk.
- Enable future re-use of project results both for future scientific research and where appropriate for commercial exploitation.
- Developing/understanding the link between the BAS Finance function and the tie-in with financial aspects of contracts.
- Negotiate Doctoral Training Partnership Agreements and resulting Studentship Agreements.
- Provide advice and support to our parent organisation NERC for NERC-level agreements.
- Ensure compliance with NERC and HM Government policy.
- Keep abreast of all relevant legislation.
- Any other duties as requested by the Director of BAS.
On-line application forms and further information are available on our website.
Please quote reference: BAS 25/18
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 25th February 2018
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: TBC
Proposed start date: March 2018
We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job role.
From April 2018, the British Antarctic Survey, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. More information can be found online at http://www.ukri.org. From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.