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Research Contracts Specialist / Trainee (£28,098) (Fixed Term)

The Research Office works in partnership with the University's academic community to support its excellent research, and is looking for enthusiastic and motivated self-starters for the post of Research Contracts Specialist posts in the Research Office within the School of Physical Sciences. The post holders will act on behalf of the researchers and the University to negotiate agreements ranging from confidentiality agreements and material transfer agreements to multi-party research collaborations. The University also welcomes applications from candidates who are looking to start a career in University research contract management, in which event the post(s) will be trainee positions.

Reporting to the team's Senior Contracts Manager, you will be responsible for reviewing research contracts and drafting terms that facilitate a multitude of partnerships between the University's academic community and research collaborators including Research Councils, UK Government Ministries, the European Commission and a broad range of commercial sponsors. For the posts of Research Contracts Specialist, you will ideally have an existing understanding of research-related contracts gained either in a university or a research-intensive organisation (including industry), with an ability to interpret, review, draft and negotiate legal terms. You will also have knowledge of intellectual property law principles, as well as an understanding of the principal aspects of university research administration. This challenging and interesting role with afford you the opportunity to further develop your drafting, negotiating and interpersonal skills across a broad range of projects and contracts within a supportive world-leading research environment.

For the trainee positions, you will have the opportunity to develop your career through a programme of training which will introduce you to research contracts and their constituent clauses, the University's requirements and what it looks for in a research agreement, and how to reach a successfully negotiated agreement. Starting with less complex contracts, you will be supported by a Senior Contracts Manager and fellow contracts managers to quickly develop your skills and ability to work increasingly autonomously across a broad range of projects and contract types.

For both Research Contracts Specialist and trainee positions you must be well organised and able both to prioritise and work to deadlines. You must be able to work well independently and as part of a team and have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Diplomacy, tact, attention to detail and a calm approach are essential. You will be proficient in using Microsoft IT packages.

Please state on your application covering letter if you wish your application to be considered for a Trainee post

In return the University can offer a range of benefits, a welcoming and inclusive environment and extensive development opportunities.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 July 2018 in the first instance.

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Closing date: 3rd November 2017 Interviews: W/C 13th November 2017

Please quote reference EW13504 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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