Job Requisition Number: 24352. The Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Research Alliances (IPIRA) reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, Berkeley and serves as the portal for faculty access to industry, and for industry access to the Berkeley campus, both for research relationships and access to Berkeley technology. The Industry Alliances Office (IAO) within IPIRA is responsible for a comprehensive range of research relationships with industry, including: industry-sponsored prime research agreements, industry subcontracts under Federal prime contracts, subagreements to industry under prime grants and contracts to UC Berkeley, funded and unfunded industry collaboration agreements, industry consortia membership agreements, incoming material transfer agreements, and nondisclosure agreements. “Industry” includes for-profit corporations, grant making functions within an industrial entity, and industry sponsored foundations. The Contract Administrator 4 position reports to the IAO Director and works closely with its peer division within IPIRA, the Office of Technology Licensing (OTL), to craft intellectual property terms in industry agreements that further the education and research mission of the University of California while establishing and nurturing relationships with industry that ultimately benefit the public. Intellectual property terms (if any) in research agreements may describe any or all of the following: invention disclosures, prosecution, ownership, and maintenance of patents, potential license fees and/or royalties, copyrights, copyright licensing, trademarks, and protection and licensing of computer software. The IAO also coordinates various pre- and post-award research contract administration tasks with the campus Sponsored Projects Office (SPO), the Contract and Grant Accounting (EFA) Office, and academic departments.
Involves structuring, negotiating and administrating contractual documents that establish research-related business relationships with for-profit companies and non-profit research institutions. Collaborates with internal partners as well as legal staff to structure contracts. Professional contracting services are provided in compliance with UC system-wide and campus policies and procedures and federal policies. Analyzes contracts to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations and policies. Advises investigators and staff of contractual rights and obligations and provides interpretation of terms and conditions. Involves development, cultivation and stewardship of diverse relationships that promote research collaborations and technology transfer with for-profit companies. Involves provision of a range of timely services to campus researchers and staff to support a large, active, complex, expanding, and internationally diverse research enterprise on campus.
•Provides training, support and supervision to less experienced contract administrators. •Facilitates post-award management by advising faculty, students and staff of their rights and obligations under the various contracts. •Counsels campus departments and offices on matters of contract and grant versus gift designation; provides contract drafting and negotiation assistance for intellectual property terms and conditions in contracts managed by other campus administrative offices. •Facilitates the establishment of new research relationships with companies by providing introductions, advising on the structure of appropriate research relationships, drafting appropriate contracts, and coordinating with other research institutions on subawards or other aspects of collaborative research. •Establishes and maintains professional relationships with industry representatives, provides information to them about campus research programs, about laws and policies that govern contracting practices, and directs them to others when appropriate. •Informs faculty, students, staff and external parties about the processes, applicable policies and practices associated with industry sponsored research relationships and related intellectual property management. •Investigates and mediates departmental and or contractor complaints, including coordination between multiple parties•Bachelors degree and/or equivalent experience/training in life and/or physical science, business development, technology licensing, contract negotiation and drafting. •Advanced knowledge of contracting principles and practices, methods and procedures used in research–related activities that result in the creation of intellectual property rights or other research outcomes. Advanced knowledge of contract law, technology licensing practices, and collaborative research models. •Advanced understanding of University's rules, guidelines, policies and practices related to research grants and contracts, research gifts, intellectual property and licensing. •Advanced knowledge and understanding of companies, industries and markets relevant to the university’s research programs and licensable technologies. •Advanced written, verbal and interpersonal communications; advanced ability to deal with broad and diverse constituencies with advanced customer service orientation and skills. •Advanced ability to network and meet company representatives on campus or in business or conference settings, represent the university, and foster and grow university-industry research collaboration and licensing. •Advanced organizational, presentation and negotiation skills. •Advanced listening, political acumen skills and problem recognition and conflict resolution skills. •Advanced knowledge of the campus, including its infrastructure, goals, mission, rules, policies, guidelines, etc. •Advanced decision making capacity, including independence, sound judgment, tact, diplomacy and the ability to “do the right thing” under pressure. Position will remain open until filled.
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