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The University of Georgia
Athens Area

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VPR-Innovation Gateway

About the University of Georgia:

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

The Office of Research encourages and supports innovative interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative activities that contribute to the physical, emotional and economic well-being of the people of Georgia, the nation and the world. Through partnerships and collaborations, we seek to share knowledge, increase innovation and deliver the products of our research to the marketplace.

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Benefits Eligibility:

Benefits Eligible

Full/Part time:

Full Time

Additional Schedule Information:

Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Schedule may be flexible at the discretion of the supervisor.

Advertised Salary:

$50,000 - $62,500

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Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Policy Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

UGA Statement:

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit or call (706) 542-2222.

Classification Title:

Grants & Contracts Professional



Job Family:

Institutional Research



Minimum Qualifications:

Requires at least a baccalaureate degree in the field. Please contact your Human Resources office for an evaluation of education/experience in lieu of the required minimum qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Master’s or higher level advanced degree (e.g. JD, MS or PhD) or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities have been acquired.
- Experience negotiating contracts in an academic research environment preferred.
- Three+ years of progressively responsible experience in a complex academic research, regulatory, or industry environment.
- Proven interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written).
- Ability to solve complex problems and make independent judgments as evidenced by previous work experience.

Position Summary:

This position serves as primary liaison between UGA researchers and external collaborators by reviewing, negotiating, and drafting material transfer, non-disclosure and other intellectual property (IP) agreements. This position is within Innovation Gateway, UGA’s commercialization program in the Office of Research, which encompasses the University’s intellectual property licensing and startup support functions to ensure that research discoveries reach their full potential for public benefit. The successful candidate will bring significant contracting experience (preferably in an academic research setting), excellent organizational skills, a demonstrated capacity for creative problem solving, an exceptional customer-service approach, and the ability thrive in a collaborative environment. This position will oversee and negotiate a wide variety of IP agreements ensuring that all terms and conditions comply with the UGA IP policy, applicable laws and regulations. The position involves a motivated, detail-oriented self-starter who enjoys working as part of a team and can establish excellent working relationships with university faculty/staff, industry partners and academic collaborators.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

- Organizational and multitasking skills to manage a fast-paced workflow, prioritize tasks, and work independently under deadlines.
- Drafting and interpreting IP, legal and business language in various contracts.
- Work collaboratively and effectively with a wide variety of people, including faculty, industry representatives and legal counsel as well as administrative staff, with minimal supervision.
- Understanding of relevant intellectual property and contracting issues, including confidentiality of information, rights to publish, academic freedom and liability, insurance and indemnity, in an academic research environment.
- Evidence of strong oral and written communication skills.
- Articulate and explain university principles to industry and other partners.
- Judgment and creativity.
- Customer service-oriented self-starter able to juggle multiple negotiations simultaneously.

Physical Demands:

Sitting at desk and computer for long periods of time.

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Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):


Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


- Negotiate, draft, and review material transfer, non-disclosure, data-use and other intellectual property agreements.

- Identify, interpret and explain various contractual issues and relevant consequences of those issues. Ensure timely resolution of issues that develop in the course of agreement negotiations.

- Interact with faculty members regarding impact of above agreements on intellectual property, publication rights, etc.

- Act as a liaison between faculty members and other universities or companies to expedite timely completion of agreements.

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- Coordinate with Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) Pre-Award to review intellectual property terms of sponsored research agreements.

- Coordinate with UGARF Legal, Human Subjects, and other stakeholders to review, negotiate and execute data-use agreements.

- Work collaboratively with SPA team members, especially Industry Contracting, and other Office of Research units such as Biosafety, and Export Control to provide effective, efficient service to the UGA research community.

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- Establish strong rapport with faculty and other research staff, and work closely with team members to provide effective, efficient service to faculty while maximizing IP opportunities for the university and the state.

- Develop and conduct outreach to research faculty related to MTAs/CDAs, data-use agreements, etc.

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- Ensure robust SOPs are in place to manage and track agreement flow, catalog executed agreements and maintain accurate records.

- Maintain up-to-date working knowledge of relevant intellectual property law, contracting practices, and business and technology trends.

- Perform other related duties as assigned or requested

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Contact Details:

For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below. For assistance with your application or login, please email [email protected]

Recruitment Contact Name:

Derek Eberhart

Recruitment Contact Email:

[email protected]


The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

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