Solicitor (IP, Research and Commercial)

Camperdown, Australia
24 May 2023
End of advertisement period
04 Jun 2023
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time
  • 3 new full time continuing roles available as our team expands
  • Great culture and hybrid workplace
  • Offering a competitive remuneration package including 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

Are you a junior lawyer with a talent for negotiating complex agreements and a keen interest to support research and innovation for the public good? Would you enjoy working in a collegiate and highly innovative environment where you can develop and contribute to contract design, technology and automation solutions?

If this sounds like you, don't miss this opportunity to grow your career in a dynamic in-house environment at one of the world's top research universities.

Each of the new Solicitor (Intellectual Property, Commercial and Research) roles will provide legal advice to key teams within the University's Research Portfolio with a focus on IP, commercial and corporate contracts.

In this role your key responsibilities will be:

  • providing strategic and sound legal advice on a diverse range of matters
  • drafting and reviewing legal documents
  • negotiating large and complex arrangements for research, commercial activities and commercialisation
  • actively leading and contributing to initiatives to improve the effective functioning of major clients, including the Research portfolio, Faculty of Medicine and Health and other key teams within the University
  • dispute resolution
  • managing external legal services
  • contributing to the development of policy and legislation affecting the higher education sector
  • communicating to the University regarding legal developments.

About you

We are looking for lawyers with a 'can-do' attitude and growth mindset, who have:

  • qualifications in law and admission to practice in Australia and hold a current practising certificate
  • 2-5 years post admission legal experience (strong candidates outside this range also considered)
  • high quality interpersonal and communication skills
  • a passion for innovation and a desire to develop a career in the research and commercialisation sector
  • experience drafting and negotiating legal agreements, particularly in the areas of intellectual property, corporate and commercial law (would be a distinct advantage)
  • biomedical, engineering or other scientific qualifications or background would be looked upon favourably, as would knowledge of higher education sector and government agencies

To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

Sponsorship / work rights for Australia

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. For a continuing position, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Australian Temporary Residents currently employed at the University of Sydney may be considered for a fixed term contract for the length of their visa, depending on the requirements of the hiring area and the position.

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

How to apply

Applications (including a cover letter, CV, and any additional supporting documentation) can be submitted via the Apply button at the top of the page.

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Applications Close

Sunday 04 June 2023 11:59 PM