Office of VP, Research, Innovation and International - Research Legal Counsel

  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
  • 2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, ON, Canada
  • Dec 01, 2017
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

Tracking Code: 1068-136

Department: Office of VP, Research, Innovation and International

Number of Positions: 1

Position Title: Research Legal Counsel

Appointment Type: Full Time Continuing

Posting Date: November 27, 2017                   

Closing Date: December 22, 2017, or until a suitable candidate is found


One of Canada’s newest and most innovative universities, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is a place where technology and teaching intersect to generate exceptional student outcomes. At UOIT, faculty and students collaborate with community and industry partners to advance cutting-edge research in the University’s seven faculties. UOIT has expanded rapidly since its inception and the University is currently home over 9.000 undergraduate students, 600 graduate students, 260 full-time faculty, and approximately 1,250 staff. UOIT boasts some of the most modern facilities in Ontario including state-of-the-art laboratories and a health and wellness centre with two NHL-sized rinks.

The Opportunity:

The Office of the Research Services (ORS) is seeking a Research Legal Counsel to provide effective legal counsel and advice, direction and representation on legal matters related to research, intellectual property, technology transfer and contracts for members of the University research community.


  • Reviewing and providing legal and policy advice on a variety of issues including research contracts, research grants, non-disclosure agreement, licenses for intellectual property, international agreements, and other contracts and agreements into which the University proposes to enter for research and other related purposes
  • Working with the Office of Research Services team to create new funding opportunities
  • Navigating legal issues, identifying legal risks and negotiating legal aspects of research agreements and contracts and general contract matters
  • Reviewing, assessing and making recommendations regarding University policies and procedures on research and other related matters
  • Analyzing and assessing legal risk to UOIT , as it relates to research and other general matters
  • Analyzing, reviewing and advising on internal disputes and/or disputes with third party sponsors
  • Reviewing and developing Research Contracts and Agreements in accordance with all applicable policies, practices, legislation, and other related guidelines, proactively reviewing contracts and agreements as well as providing advice, drafting policies and developing templates and procedures relating to legal and associated research matters
  • Drafting research and related agreements, intellectual property contracts and patent applications for review by senior administration, faculty members and sponsors
  • Providing legal advice on the structure and language of research agreements and contracts
  • Drafting agreements and contracts, when no acceptable template or precedent exists
  • Delivering educational sessions and providing recommendations and advice to internal stakeholders on a variety of legal matters including intellectual property issues, risk mitigation, compliance with University policies and procedures, privacy, compliance with applicable provincial and federal laws and regulations, and other legal topics
  • Retaining and liaising with external counsel as required
  • Providing functional advice to the Director of Research Services and the Vice-President Research, Innovation and International. Prepare internal communications for partnership officer, grants officers and researchers to summarize material rights and obligations within research agreements
  • All other related duties as required and assigned by the Director, Office of Research Services

Required Skills:

  • A proven track record demonstrating effective leadership ability and project management skills and an ability to set priorities and manage multiple ongoing projects
  • Consultation and relationship management skills to provide legal advice and successfully implement policies and best practices
  • Excellent communication skills to listen to and consult with a range of internal and external stakeholders and prepare effective reports and presentations
  • Team player with a willingness to pitch in and support colleagues as required
  • Strong analysis and problem solving skills
  • A knowledge of intellectual property law and/or experience in intellectual property licensing would be an asset
  • The ability to exercise judgment, tact, diplomacy and confidentiality 

Required Experience:

  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in a combination of an in-house legal counsel role, preferably in a post-secondary environment, and private practice focused on business law
  • Alternatively, minimum 3-5 years of experience in private practice focused on business law
  • Experience in the management of legal affairs would be an asset

Required Education:

  • A law degree in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit in electronic format, a covering letter and their resume through the link at the bottom of this posting. Applications will be accepted until December 22, 2017, or until a suitable candidate is found. We appreciate all applications received; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from qualified women and men, including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

UOIT respects people's different needs and therefore will take all reasonable steps to ensure accommodation for applicants where appropriate. If you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please notify the Human Resources Department. 



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