Intellectual Property and Legal Manager: University of York

Research and Enterprise (R&E) is the University directorate  responsible for central management and support to the University’s strategy and activities in research and knowledge exchange, providing comprehensive support to academic departments in their research and impact activities. R&E’s primary purpose is to mobilise the University’s research and knowledge base in pursuit of excellence and financial sustainability, and to ensure that the University’s 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 exchange.  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.


The post holder will lead a team that provides a contract review and negotiation service to the entire research and knowledge exchange portfolio, including commercialisation, across all academic department and disciplines.  S/He will work closely with the R&E Commercialisation Team assessing disclosures, identifying protectable intellectual property, managing the University’s patent portfolio, licensing IP to commercial parties and supporting the formation and investment of spin-out companies.  The post holder will need to have an excellent understanding of the motivation of academic research, the UK research funding environment and the commercialisation of research.

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
  • Determination and desire to contribute to the growth and development of a research intensive University

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 12, 2020
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