Legal Counsel, Research & IP

University of Queensland
June 16, 2024
Offerd Salary:$108,975
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  • Legal Services

  • This is a full-time continuing position with salary in the range $108,975.08 - $122,176.31, plus a generous super allowance of up to 17%.

  • Based at picturesque St Lucia campus

  • About This Opportunity

    This is a great opportunity for a talented and experienced Legal Counsel (Research and IP) to join our team. In this role, you will be responsible for providing expert legal advice on matters related to contract, commercial, and intellectual property law matters as they pertain to the research activities of our University.

    Reporting to the Director of Legal Services (Research and IP) and the General Counsel, you will join a dynamic, collaborative team, providing legal advice on a wide range of issues affecting UQ. As a key member of our in-house legal team, you should be adaptable and flexible, ready to tackle diverse legal projects based on client demands and priorities. If you are a driven legal professional seeking to make an impact in a fast-paced, intellectually stimulating environment, we encourage you to apply.

    Key responsibilities will include:

    Delivery of Legal Services

  • Provide timely, high-quality legal advice on contract, commercial, and intellectual property matters relating to the research activities of the University, to the Vice-Chancellor, Provost, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), and other key decision makers at UQ.
  • Business and Strategic

  • Promote Legal Services' capabilities and contribute to enhancing UQ staff's legal knowledge.

  • Support continuous improvement and innovation in legal function delivery and assist in developing and maintaining legal resources and precedents.

  • Foster Team Environment: Participate in creating a positive, professional team culture and help identify and manage emerging legal issues, priorities, and risks for UQ.

  • Key Stakeholder and Relationship Management

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with internal clients, team members, and external stakeholders, while working collaboratively to contribute to team outcomes.
  • About You


    The successful applicant must be admitted as a Solicitor or Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland, with demonstrated relevant expertise and experience (a minimum of 3 years post admission experience is preferred).

  • Extensive experience in commercial, contract, and intellectual property law with skills in advising on complex projects.

  • Proficient in drafting legal documents and resolving complex legal issues.

  • Results-driven with sound judgment, commercial acumen, and the ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.

  • Strong communication skills, capable of building positive relationships with diverse stakeholders, and adaptable to change and uncertainty.

  • Demonstrate teamwork, strong time management, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently or under supervision, with personal drive and integrity.

  • Desirable:

  • Understanding of the legislative framework that applies to UQ or experience in acting for a statutory body or government entity.
  • You must have unrestricted work rights in Australia for the duration of this appointment and may be required to complete background checks including, criminal history and education checks.

    About UQ

    As part of the UQ community, you'll have the opportunity to work alongside the brightest minds, who have joined us from all over the world.

    Everyone here has a role to play. As a member of our professional staff cohort, you will be actively involved in working towards our vision of a better world. By supporting the academic endeavour across teaching, research, and the student life, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to activities that have a lasting impact on our community.

    Join a community where excellence is at the core of our culture, contributions are valued and a range of benefits and rewards are available, such as:

  • 26 weeks paid parental leave or 14 weeks paid primary caregiver leave, 17% superannuation contributions, 17.5% annual leave loading.

  • Access to flexible working arrangements including hybrid working options, flexible start/finish times, purchased leave, and a condensed fortnight.

  • Health and wellness discounts – fitness passport access, free yearly flu vaccinations, discounted health insurance, and access to our Employee Assistance Program for staff and their immediate family.

  • On campus childcare options, Cheap parking (from just $5.75 a day), Salary packaging options.

  • Want to Apply?

    All applicants must upload the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

  • Cover letter addressing the ‘About You' section.

  • Resume

  • For more information about this opportunity, please contact Elise Neilson or Cristy Sun, Directors Legal Services (Research and Intellectual Property) [email protected].. For application queries, please contact [email protected] stating the job reference number (below) in the subject line.

    Applications close 16 June 2024 at 11.00pm AEST (Job Reference Number - R-38967).

    At UQ, our strength lies in our diverse colleagues. We're dedicated to equity, diversity, and inclusion , fostering an environment that mirrors our wider community. We're committed to attracting, retaining, and promoting diverse talent. Reach out [email protected] for accessibility support or adjustments.

    If you are a current employee (including casual staff and HDR scholars) or hold an unpaid/affiliate appointment, please login to your staff Workday account and visit the internal careers board to apply for this opportunity. Please do NOT apply via the external job board.

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