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Job no: 0052565

Work type: Fixed Term

Location: Parkville

Division/Faculty: Chief Operating Officer Portfolio

Department/School: Research, Innovation and Commercialisation

Role & Superannuation rate: Professional - Full time - 17% super

About Research, Innovation & Commercialisation

Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (RIC) is a specialist team dedicated to enabling the University's research and enterprise mission working closely with our academics, professional colleagues, industry partners, funding agencies and government agencies.  We have a passion to see our academics and their collaboration partners succeed, achieve research excellence and translate their discoveries into real-world innovation and impact.  RIC operates University-wide across all ten Faculties and Chancellery. 

About the role

As Senior Knowledge & Technology Transfer Manager, you will be responsible for supporting the technology transfer and licensing activities of RIC and its associated relationships with venture funding bodies and industry partners.

Working closely with the Business Development team, your work will have a particular emphasis on assessing invention disclosures for patentability and commercial potential, facilitating IP protection and identifying commercial partners or creating start-up companies to develop and exploit the University’s innovative technologies.

This role is focussed broadly on inventions relating to the physical science disciplines which may arise from any department, school or faculty of the University.

About you

Your excellent communication skills allow you to build and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders at all levels of the organisation. You will have a strong commitment to the provision of quality service and a client-centric mindset.

You will further have:

  • Broad sector experience in the physical science disciplines, as evidenced by an advanced postgraduate degree with hands-on scientific research experience, preferably with further research experience working on translational or commercially focussed research projects.
  • 6+ years’ experience in a technology transfer office or alternatively a good knowledge and demonstrated experience in the process of protecting, developing and commercialising early-stage IP; an understanding of the complexities and processes related to the commercialisation of IP in an academic environment including having knowledge of best practices in academic technology transfer.
  • Understanding of different intellectual property types, including copyright, software, know-how, trade secrets or patent rights, and in particular the fundamentals of obtaining patent protection for inventions.
  • The ability to advise University creators and potential industry licensees regarding University intellectual property policies and related technology commercialisation issues.
  • Experience in conducting technical, IP, commercial and legal due diligence, including prior art searches and market analyses for invention disclosures.
  • Experience in collecting and analysing complex technical, market and legal data and information in support of the developing business cases for commercialisation opportunities.


-  Maximise your benefits through our Salary Packaging scheme

-  Flexible family friendly policies, providing generous leave and working conditions

-  The opportunity to work in a culturally rich environment

-  A substantial discount to eligible staff and their immediate families in undertaking further studies at the University of Melbourne

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The University is a vibrant campus. We have well-established clubs and networks giving the opportunity to engage and collaborate with other staff around the University. We strive to create an environment where staff and students promote culturally inclusive behaviour and activities, ensure cultural differences are heard and explored, and actively seek to learn from other cultures.

How to apply

Your application submitted should include a cover letter (one page) outlining your motivation to apply for this role and describing what skills and experience you will bring to it. Please further attach a current version of your CV.

Please note that you will further be asked to upload a separate document with responses against the following 2 selection criteria*:

  1. Experience in conducting technical, IP, commercial and legal due diligence, including prior art searches and market analyses for invention disclosures.
  2. Demonstrated experience in drafting, negotiating and/or reviewing complex commercialisation transactions including transaction documents for establishing start-ups.

*For information to assist you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria/competencies, please go to

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