Position Summary : The Industry Liaison Specialist is responsible for enhancing the development of strategic collaborative relationships between Laurier faculty and external organizations including the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and the public sector in supporting the University’s research, intellectual property and technology transfer activities. The incumbent will work closely with individual faculty, research programs and University leadership to facilitate effective interactions with industry partners and proactively approach companies to identify collaborative research opportunities, including, but not limited to, those offered through the Tri-Councils, Ontario Centres of Excellence, and Mitacs. Reporting to the Director of Research Services, the incumbent is responsible for identifying, promoting and managing high/value impact research opportunities with industry partners, including proposal development and ensuring adherence to university and partnering organization’s policies. The incumbent will be responsible for the negotiation and administration of research contracts and contribution agreements. This will include negotiations of financial and legal terms; milestones and deliverable dates; publication, licensing and patent rights; and student participation requirements. The Industry Liaison Specialist plays a critical role in performance monitoring and problem resolution during the life of the contract and/or industrial grant to ensure that the terms, conditions and requirements of the contract or industrial grant are carried out to the satisfaction of all parties. The Industry Liaison Specialist is responsible for the identification, protection and the commercial exploitation of intellectual property (technology) developed by University faculty and other researchers through a variety of commercial arrangements including licensing and start-up company creation. The incumbent will work closely with faculty members to prepare business cases or plans, facilitate the creation of technology prototypes or demonstration projects, and prepare funding proposals to various government programs that support commercialization of new technology.
Accountabilities : Industrial Funding Support
Develops and implements an ongoing strategy for the identification, prospecting and stewardship of external partners that will lead to research in collaboration.
Actively works towards leveraging industrial research funding with a range of matching investment programs available for University-led research.
Attends meetings and events to promote Wilfrid Laurier University research capability and to interact with potential sponsors.
Pro-actively targets sectors or companies where there is high potential for collaboration with faculty members.
Prepares and delivers workshops on industry sponsored grant opportunities and strategies for success.
Initiates and facilitates connection between external partners and faculty members.
Reviews, and advises on Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality agreements prior to the faculty members discussing new proposals/ideas with potential sponsors.
Consults and assists faculty members in all aspects of the development and preparation of proposals to potential research sponsors. An in-depth and detailed working knowledge of sponsor guidelines and university research policies is required.
Negotiates, in conjunction with the faculty member and the sponsor, on terms and conditions of a contract or industrial grant.
Monitors industry sponsored project progress and intervenes as necessary to ensure satisfaction of all parties.
As necessary, assumes responsibility for planning, developing, editing and disseminating project reports, presentations as well as other project information and communications.
Maintains departmental database(s) pertaining to grant and contract applications from client faculty.
Promotes and coordinates invention disclosures from faculty researchers.
Assesses disclosures for marketable tech transfer opportunities where appropriate, considering market, economic and legal factors.
Provides technical and specialized advice and support to faculty members in proposals for seed funding, pre-commercialization funding.
Devises and executes technology commercialization plan for invention disclosures, including intellectual property protection strategy, partnering/development strategy, marketing strategy, and exit strategy.
Coordinates intellectual property protection and filing of patent applications, by retaining patent lawyers/agents and consulting with experts in Canada and elsewhere.
Promotes inventors and their inventions to government, research and development and commercialization agencies, industries and to potential investors.
Prepares proposals in consultation with the faculty member to secure seed funding to commercialize inventions.
Promotes the University’s tech transfer capacity to provide service to the university community and external investigators.
Establishes and maintains an inventions portfolio with individual inventions or technologies at various stages and periodically reviews this portfolio with respect to impacts that advances in science, competing technologies, or changes in business environment or inventor involvement might have on commercial potential and recommends strategic changes if necessary. Coordinates intellectual property protection and filing of patent applications.
Administers intellectual property policies and procedures. Reviews administrative and operational activities and recommends changes to policy.
Graduate degree plus a minimum of three years in fostering industrial partnerships and/or technology transfer experience in university, government or industry;
An advanced business degree (MBA) or professional designation (P.Eng., JD/LLB) is desirable but not essential;
Experience with contracts, patent and copyright legislation is essential;
Superior marketing and negotiating experience;
Proven ability to negotiate contracts and agreements;
Knowledge of research policies and trends;
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
$35.79 – $42.09
Salary Notes :
This is a full-time continuing position, with an anticipated start date of April 1, 2018.
This position is not eligible for educational equivalencies.
Job Evaluation Factor Scores :
WLUSA/WLU Job Evaluation Factors
Education and Experience
Applied Reasoning and Analytical Skills
Co-ordination and Planning
Responsibility for Others
Impact of Decisions
Multiple Demands and Priorities
Please Note :
This position is represented by the WLU Staff Association bargaining unit.
Please submit a cover letter and resume.
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