Contracts Officer: University of York

The Research and Enterprise Directorate is the University department responsible for central management of the University’s activities and strategy in research and knowledge exchange, and for providing comprehensive support to academic departments in their research and impact activities. Its primary purpose is to mobilise the University’s research and knowledge base in pursuit of excellence and financial sustainability, and to ensure that its research skills, knowledge and know-how benefit external users. In an environment of high competition for research funding and rapid change in funder expectations of Higher Education institutions, the Directorate leads operational change management in order to ensure that York remains competitive and successful in research and knowledge transfer.

The Directorate works closely with the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Partnerships and Knowledge Exchange, the University Research Champions and the Associate Deans for Research.


We are seeking two self-motivated and well qualified individuals with a strong background in research contract drafting and negotiation.  The roles will support the IP and Legal Team by providing a contracts service for the entire research and commercialisation portfolio - drafting, negotiating, reviewing and managing a contracts portfolio and providing advice to staff across the institution.

The successful applicants will be expected to have an excellent understanding of the motivation of academic researchers and public, private and voluntary sector research sponsors.   They will be motivated by the need to achieve appropriate contractual terms that meet the aspirations of all parties.  Recent experience of negotiating complex contracts with contract research organisations is desirable as is an understanding of intellectual property rights.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

At least a Bachelor Degree, or equivalent professional experience

A thorough working knowledge of research contracts with appreciation of issues relating to intellectual property, publication, indemnity and liability

Ability to influence and good negotiating skills

Excellent written and verbal communication

Experience of negotiating a variety of research and research-related agreements with a wide range of research sponsors both in the UK and overseas, including industry, charities, and governments, and of achieving the best possible contractual terms

Determined desire to contribute to the growth and development of a research intensive university

Interview date:  24 January 2020

For informal enquiries: please contact Michael Barber, Sponsorship and Contracts Manager, Intellectual Property and Legal Team, Research and Enterprise Directorate on (01904) 328693 or

Closing date: 
Sunday, January 5, 2020
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