Legal Counsel

The University of Adelaide
May 05, 2024
Offerd Salary:$123,881 - $132,534
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Contract Type:fixed term position
Working Time:Full time
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HEO9 $123,881 - $132,534 per annum plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation.

Full time, fixed term position until 31 December 2025.

The University of Adelaide, a world-class institution consistently ranking in the top 1% of world universities, is committed to delivering high quality and distinct learning, teaching, and research experiences.

An exciting opportunity exists to join the University's legal function, part of the Legal Services Branch within the Division of University Operations in the role of Legal Counsel - Research and Commercialisation. The branch provides services and advice across a range of disciplines including contracts, governance, intellectual property management and commercialisation, research grants and collaborations, privacy, trusts and bequests.

Reporting to the Manager, Legal Services - Research and Commercialisation and working under broad direction, in this role you will be responsible for providing legal services to the Division of Research and Innovation on research-related matters and, in particular, providing advice to:

  • Innovation and Commercialisation Services
  • Research Services
  • The University's controlled entities
  • The Adelaide Graduate Research School.
  • To be successful you will need:

  • Demonstrated post qualification experience handling complex commercial matters under minimal supervision at a level equivalent to a Senior Associate in a law firm.
  • Excellent understanding of commercial law and intellectual property issues, experience with a variety of commercial contracts
  • Ability to provide comprehensive legal analysis and advice in relation to complex contractual and intellectual property matters.
  • Demonstrated high level negotiation and engagement skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a complex and changing environment.
  • Demonstrated high level communication skills, i.e. written, verbal, and interpersonal.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal appropriately with confidential and sensitive matter.
  • Desirable:

  • Previous transactional experience at a Senior Associate level.
  • An understanding of and empathy with university culture and environment and/or experience in the R&D sector.
  • Sound knowledge of the Australian higher education sector.
  • Qualification/s:

  • Degree in Law
  • Current unrestricted South Australian Practising Certificate (or ability to acquire same upon commencement)
  • Enjoy an outstanding career environment

    The University of Adelaide is a uniquely rewarding workplace. The size, breadth and quality of our education and research programs - including significant industry, government and community collaboration - offers you vast scope and opportunity for a long, fulfilling career.

    It also enables us to attract high-calibre people in all facets of our operations, ensuring you will be surrounded by talented colleagues, many world-leading. Our work's cutting-edge nature - not just in your own area, but across virtually the full spectrum of human endeavour - provides a constant source of inspiration.

    Our culture is one that welcomes all and embraces diversity consistent with our Staff Values and Behaviour Framework and our Values of integrity, respect, collegiality, excellence and discovery. We firmly believe that our people are our most valuable asset, so we work to grow and diversify the skills, knowledge and capability of all our staff.

    We embrace flexibility as a key principle to allow our people to manage the changing demands of work, personal and family life.

    In addition, we offer a wide range of attractive staff benefits. These include: salary packaging; flexible work arrangements; high-quality professional development programs and activities; and an on-campus health clinic, gym and other fitness facilities.

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    Your division's broader role

    The Division of University Operations enables the University's delivery of high-quality and distinct learning, teaching and research experiences. Its responsibilities link to Adelaide's strategic plan and focus on people, community, assets and infrastructure, and processes.

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    If you have the talent, we'll give you the opportunity. Together, let's make history.

    Click on the ‘Apply Now' button to be taken through to the online application form. Please ensure you submit an updated resume and upload a cover letter (no more than 4 pages long) that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description document.

    Applications close 11:55pm, 5 May 2024.

    The University reserves the right to close this advertisement before the closing date if a suitable candidate is identified.

    For further information

    For more information regarding this position, contact:

    Anjelika Vorel Talent Acquisition Specialist, Human Resources E: [email protected]

    You'll find a full position description and/or selection criteria below: (If no links appear, try viewing on another device)

    The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Female applicants, people with a disability and/or and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application.

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