First listed on: 03 July 2018

Commercialisation Theme Leader 

Commercial Development & Industry Partnerships (CDIP)
Office of Deputy Vice Chancellor Research
Reference no. 1162/0618F

  • To lead the Commercialisation Theme of the Faculty of Engineering and IT
  • Utilise your demonstrated experience to facilitate linkages between researchers and industry
  • Full time Fixed Term for 9 months (maternity leave replacement), HEO9 position, Salary: $117K – to $123K plus leave loading and super.

About the opportunity 

The Commercialisation Theme Leader (CTL) is responsible for identifying university research, technology and expertise suitable for commercial development as well as promoting and facilitating linkages between researchers and industry and optimising translation and commercialisation of the university’s research, technology and expertise.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance in recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are looking for a Commercialisation Theme Leader who possesses:

  • demonstrated experience in successfully commercialising IP
  • demonstrated experience in reviewing, developing commercial agreements
  • highly developed communication and relationship management skills
  • demonstrated experience in market validation and proof of concept development of IP
  • demonstrated experience in intellectual property protection and management
  • demonstrated experience in fostering an entrepreneurial culture
  • appropriate tertiary qualification in Engineering/IT and/or extensive equivalent relevant experience

About us

The University of Sydney is committed to continued improvement in its research performance, maintaining its leading role within Australia and improving its competitive position internationally in order to contribute to the economic, social and cultural well-being of Australia and the wider world. To realise this vision the University is implementing strategies to attract and nurture the brightest researchers and support them to undertake research that makes an original contribution to knowledge or understanding; focussing its research activities to create areas of critical mass and coordinate investment in key strategic research areas while continuing to support strong disciplines; aligning its organisational structure to support capabilities in key disciplines and cross-disciplinary areas; and building capacity to undertake many different kinds of research translation including intellectual property protection and commercialisation.

The DVC Research Portfolio currently includes six groups that support the DVCR and researchers to achieve the University’s research goals:

1. Research Strategy & Policy Framework coordinates policy advice and projects;

2. Research Development & Collaboration provides strategic advice to academic units on research development strategies, including systems to develop research capability, and provide technical support to researchers applying for funding so as to optimise successful outcomes;

3. Commercial Development & Industry Partnerships develops and manages industry interactions, and supports processes for disseminating and transferring knowledge from University research, including developing and managing Intellectual Property and commercialisation;

4. Research Grants & Contracts develops and manages systems for efficient management of research funding applications and post-award requirements so as to optimise successful outcomes;

5. Research Integrity & Ethics Administration develops and manages processes to ensure compliance with standards and with codes of conduct relevant to research and for ethics standards with codes of conduct relevant to research and for ethics approvals (human and animal), and Laboratory Animal Services;

6. Research Reporting, Analysis, Data & Systems develops and manages data capture and analysis, and coordinates development of IT systems to support business requirements.

The DVC Research Portfolio also includes the Core Research Facilities providing a core set of state-of-the-art microscopy and microanalysis services to researchers. The DVCR provides oversight for the governance and operations of the Charles Perkins Centre and The Brain and Mind Research Centre (BMC).

As the University of Sydney’s primary face to industry, CDIP is the University’s port of first call for strategic industry engagement and provision of innovation and technology transfer services by identifying, protecting, translating and supporting the exchange of knowledge and expertise generated at the University.

CDIP works in close collaboration with the other DVCR teams, in particular with the Research Development & Collaboration and the Research Grants & Contracts teams to maximize efficiency and ensuring that sought outcomes are effectively identified and delivered.

How to apply

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number 1162/0618F to apply.

Closing date: 11.30pm, 22 July 2018 (Sydney time)

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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