SFU's Research Operations unit manages over $140M in sponsored research income each year. This rapidly growing portfolio includes research partnerships with industry, community agencies, hospitals, government, and other educational institutions. Over 1500 grant agreements and 400 research contracts run through the RO units annually, managed by a dedicated staff of grant and contract officers.
The most complex bespoke agreements are developed and negotiated by the Legal Counsel. This critical member of the senior team provides services and both legal and business advice to unit Directors, the Executive Director and Vice-Presidents. Working closely with our Industry Engagement Office, the Counsel is directly responsible for a broad array of complex commercial negotiations, with particular emphasis on IP protection.
The RO team is located on the Burnaby campus, at the top of Burnaby Mountain and surrounded by 500 hectares of protected forest and recreation land. We provide a flexible work environment surrounded by a dynamic university setting.
Provides privileged, legal counsel to the Office of the Vice-President, Research and the Research Operations Portfolio, including the Office of Research Services, the Industry Engagement Office, and the Office of Research Ethics, and their respective staff. The Legal Counsel manages the legal portfolio for the University's research undertaking and establishes legal protocols and mechanisms for the review, negotiation, preparation, implementation, and enforcement of a wide range of research-related legal matters and contracts. The Legal Counsel is directly responsible for all senior-level University research-related contracts such as research consortia, network, inter-institutional, joint venture, affiliation, and technology licensing agreements. In addition, the Legal Counsel advises, educates, and consults with management, faculty, and staff on the preferred legal protocols and mechanisms for reviewing, negotiating, and preparing research-related contracts. The Legal Counsel provides guidance on a broad range of related corporate/commercial legal issues, and assists the Executive Director, Research Operations in determining the appropriate allocation of contract reviews depending on anticipated legal issues and staff competencies. The Legal Counsel liaises with the University's General Counsel, SFU Procurement Services, SFU Safety and Risk Services, and outside legal counsel. The Legal Counsel represents the University in negotiations with opposing public and private legal counsel on matters concerning the University's research portfolio, including contract negotiation, contract enforcement, and dispute avoidance and resolution. The Legal Counsel seeks to ensure both the ability to comply and actual compliance with the terms and conditions in research-related contracts for the purpose of facilitating University research and commercialization, ensuring legal and University policy compliance, and managing and minimizing risk and loss to the University.
Assignment End Date: October 4, 2019