Research Contracts Specialist

University of Cambridge - Research Operations

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated self-starter for the post of Research Contracts Specialist in the Research Office, to support negotiation of research contracts within the School of Clinical Medicine. The Research Office works in partnership with the University's academic community to support its excellent research.   The post holder will act on behalf of the researchers and the University to negotiate agreements ranging from material transfers to multi-party research collaborations, funded by a range of sponsors including Research Councils, charities, the European Commission and a wide range of industrial sponsors.

The role is predominantly focused on managing research contracts with some additional input on research grants. You will have a pragmatic approach to drafting terms that facilitate the partnership between the University's academic community and research collaborators, whilst assessing and managing inherent risks. You will have an excellent understanding of research related contracts, and experience of negotiating agreements in liaison with different stakeholders. You will have the ability to understand, interpret, review, draft and negotiate legal terms in an often complex context and to coordinate several parties in order to bring an agreement to completion.

You will have knowledge of basic intellectual property law principles. You will ideally have gained extensive experience of the research environment, through working in either a university or a research-intensive organisation, including industry.

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.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The closing date for applications is 30 October and interviews will be held in the week commencing 7 November 2016.  If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact

Please quote reference EW10172 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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