Legal Counsel, Research

Brisbane, Australia
01 Oct 2018
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14 Oct 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time

UQ Legal Services

Led by the General Counsel, UQ Legal Services is responsible for the delivery of legal services to the Vice-Chancellor, executive management, and other key decision makers at UQ in order to support the achievement of UQ’s strategic objectives while protecting its interests. The General Counsel reports to the Chief Operating Officer and is part of the Chief Operating Officer’s senior management team.

UQ Legal Services is currently comprised of:

  • The Legal Services (General) team
  • The Legal Services (Research) team which focuses on research related contracts and matters (which includes the Legal Counsel (Research) position); and
  • The UQ Copyright team which deals with copyright matters.

UQ Legal Services operates within a devolved environment with Research and UQ Copyright co-located with internal clients

The role

As Legal Counsel, you will be responsible for providing legal advice on commercial, contract and intellectual property law matters arising from the research activities of UQ. The position also provides legal advice on a wide range of other legal issues affecting UQ. 

You will work with and under the direction of the Associate Director (Research) and other senior lawyers in Legal Services. You will also assist the General Counsel in managing the interests of UQ and be part of a busy, hardworking and collaborative legal team.

Working in an in-house environment, you will be flexible and available to work across all streams of legal work (depending on client demands, expertise and priorities as directed by the Associate Director Legal Services (Research) and General Counsel). You will be also undertake a range of work, from the complex to the less complex.

The position reports to the Associate Director, Legal Services (Research) and the General Counsel.

The person

The successful applicant must be admitted as a Solicitor or Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland with demonstrated relevant experience in commercial, contract and intellectual property law, including advising on complex / major research contracts and projects (for example, a minimum of 3 years post admission experience is preferred). Applicants should also be capable of drafting a wide variety of legal documents and handling and resolving complex legal issues. Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and efficiently in a results driven environment is a requirement for this role.

The University of Queensland values diversity and inclusion. Applications are particularly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


This is a full-time, continuing appointment at HEW Level 8. The remuneration package will be in the range $92,811.16 - $104,214.40 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $108,589.06 - $121,930.85).

Position Description

Download File HEW 8 - Legal Counsel Research.pdf


To discuss this role please contact:

Ms Jocelyn Aboud, Associate Director, Legal Services (Research) on (07) 334 60633 or

To submit an application for this role, use the Apply button below. All applicants must supply the following documents/ information:

  • Covering Letter and a succinct response to the Selection Criteria
  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  • Name and contact details of two referees