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Research Contracts Specialist

University of Cambridge - Cambridge Research Office

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £31,406 to £40,927 per annum
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 28th September 2021
Closes: 24th October 2021
Job Ref: EW26857

Salary: £31,406-£40,927

Reference: EW26857

Closing date: 24 October 2021

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated self-starters for the post of Research Contracts Specialist in the Research Office, to negotiate research contracts on behalf of the University and our researchers.

As a Research Contracts Specialist, you will manage a portfolio of varied research contracts, including material transfers, data access, studentships, research collaborations, large consortia, industry collaborations. You will need to take into consideration the terms of our varied funders, ranging from Research Councils, UK Government Ministries, the European Commission, charities, overseas organisations and a wide range of industry.

You will have to understand, interpret, review, draft and negotiate contract terms in an often complex context and to coordinate several parties in order to finalise an agreement. Training will be given.

You will have a pragmatic approach to drafting terms that facilitate the partnership between the University's researchers and external collaborators, while strategically assessing and managing risk to the University. To do this well, you will need to liaise and interact with researchers to ensure agreements are appropriate to the research context.

The role will offer the successful applicant the opportunity to:

  1. Be a member of an experienced contracts team
  2. Work within one of the most dynamic and varied research centres in the world;
  3. Represent the University in negotiations with a wide and varied range of funders and collaborators;
  4. Work with and foster close relationships with researchers who are at the forefront of scientific advancement;
  5. Develop negotiation and drafting skills to respond effectively to complex, and often ground-breaking, research collaborations;
  6. Develop a clear understanding of contractual aspects important in research, such as intellectual property and publication, within a world-renowned institution.

You will have good understanding of research-related collaborations and contracts. You will ideally have knowledge of intellectual property principles, preferably gained through experience of working within research environments such as 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.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

Closing Date: 24th October 2021

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be scheduled shortly after the application closing date. Interviews will be conducted by MS Teams

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact

Please quote reference EW26857 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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