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Research Contracts Advisor

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Location: Wallingford
Salary: £28,200 to £30,000 (dependant on qualifications and experience)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th October 2018
Closes: 22nd October 2018
Job Ref: IRC246947

About Us

The Natural and Environmental Research Council (NERC) is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entitythat brings together nine partnersto create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. 

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is part of NERC and is the UK's Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere.


In addition NERC offer a public sector pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave and 10½ days’ public and privilege holiday per annum. We offer a flexible and supportive working environment and will encourage your continuing professional development as part of our career support.

About the role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Research Contracts Advisor to join us at our Wallingford site.

Main duties of the post:

  • draft and finalise research contracts and other agreements in a timely manner
  • identify, communicate and mitigate contractual risks
  • provide specialist support for CEH staff on all aspects of contracts and contracts management
  • advise on contractual issues, including intellectual property rights, to both internal staff and external stakeholders
  • ensure that CEH's project contracts enable future use of project results both for future scientific research and where appropriate for commercial exploitation
  • manage the contracts process for and behalf of CEH staff
  • contribute to in-house training sessions at individual CEH sites and to the preparation of training materials.

About you

You must have a good degree in an appropriate subject plus a good knowledge of relevant legal matters (for example, an understanding of the contractual terms particularly pertinent to research and intellectual property) and extensive experience in a research contracts or commercial environment.

You should have proven ability of drafting and negotiating project contracts, including consortia and sub­ contracts, Framework Agreements, Memoranda of Understanding and Material Transfer Agreements.

You will require an excellent level of numerical ability and proven computer skills, including the use of Excel, a good knowledge of relevant contract management software and ideally Inteum.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include an application form and cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 22nd October 2018.

Interviews for this post will be held on 6th November 2018.

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