Legal Counsel (Research)

Job no: 509814
Work type: Continuing - Full-time
Campus: Adelaide
Categories: Legal & Risk, HEO9

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HEO9 (116,557 – 124,698) plus an employer contribution of 17% superannuation will apply

Two Ongoing positions

Working under broad direction from the Team Leader, Research Legal Services, this position provides legal services to the University on matters such as: strategic partnerships and collaborations; consulting and contract research; intellectual property management and commercialisation, joint ventures, new spin out entity creation, taking of equity by the University in existing companies, corporate governance; Commonwealth and State Government funding arrangements; University and multiparty research centres and institutes; policy implementation and interpretation; risk management and compliance.

To be successful you will need:

  1. demonstrated post qualification experience handling complex commercial matters under minimal supervision at a level equivalent to a Senior Associate in a law firm;
  2. excellent understanding of commercial law and intellectual property issues, experience with a variety of commercial contracts;
  3. demonstrated high level negotiation and engagement skills;
  4. demonstrated high level communication skills, in particular written, verbal, interpersonal and presenting to groups;


  1. demonstrated dispute handling experience; and
  2. an understanding of and empathy with University culture and environment and/or experience in the R&D sector.

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 collaborations - offers you a 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. Flexible working arrangements are on offer for all roles at the University.

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 a cover letter, resume, and upload a document that includes your responses to all of the selection criteria for the position as contained in the position description or selection criteria document.

Applications close 11:55pm, Sunday 29 May 2022.

For further information 

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, contact: 

Amela Barisic

Team Leader, Research Legal Services

University of Adelaide


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. Women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

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