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Company Location :
Los Angeles, CA
Job Position :
Industry Sponsored Research & Material Transfer Officer
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Jobs in California

Job Description :
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is known worldwide for the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education and athletics programs. The faculty at UCLA comprise one of the most intellectually productive academic communities in the nation, and the institution receives over $1 billion in extramural research funding annually. The UCLA Technology Development Group (TDG) is a group of professional staff dedicated to commercializing technology, collaborating with industry, and fostering entrepreneurship.

UCLA TDG seeks to hire a hard-working, detail oriented individual with previous experience negotiating and drafting agreements within an academic or corporate environment to serve as one member of a team of Industry Research & Material Transfer Officers.

Responsibilities for the Industry Research Officers include: (1) negotiating, drafting and executing agreements; (2) business development and relationship management; and (3) collaboration with UC and UCLA teams.

As part of the agreement duties, the IR-MT Officer maintains a caseload of agreements related to industry sponsor arrangements, material transfer arrangements, and other contracts that involve third parties. Each agreement is negotiated, drafted and/or reviewed to ensure that it complies with university policies and procedures, the expectations of the faculty and university, and that it does not conflict with or overlap with an existing arrangement. Topics may include publishing rights, intellectual property or licensing rights, attribution, confidentiality, deliverables, etc.

As part of the business development and relationship management duties the IR Officer conducts sector analysis for assigned areas to identify researchers and industry leaders, meets with faculty member and industry leaders individually and together for purposes of identifying and then matching research interests for purposes of funding generation and maintains contact with faculty and industry parties under existing agreements to ensure mutual satisfaction, anticipate issues of concern and to leverage existing relationships (for contract extension and/or expansion).

As part of the collaborative activities, the IR Officer works closely with UCLA and UC staff members to identify best practices, to explore various contractual mechanisms and to leverage existing campus or UC resources.

Percentage of Time:

Shift Start:
8:00 am

Shift End:
5:00 pm

Qualifications for Position




Demonstrated ability to negotiate contracts effectively in an academic, non-profit, corporate or legal environment. Ability to draft contractual terms related same.


Familiarity with and experience with research funding mechanisms. Demonstrated knowledge of policy distinctions between gifts, grants and contract mechanisms for industrial support of university programs. Ability to interpret the varying objectives and needs of the investigator and Sponsor in order to advise on the appropriate support mechanism.


Effective communication skills to inquire and understand the objectives of a relationship, identify the potential risks and to draft language in a manner that effectively represents the university’s interests.


General knowledge of academic, personnel, and accounting principles in a university environment.


Demonstrated knowledge of industry contracting, export control, and subcontracting practices as well as Federal Acquisition Regulations.

Can be trained

Business development, marketing, presentation, sales or related experience for purposes of presenting information in a compelling, concise and audience-specific manner.


Management and professional experience, detail-oriented disposition, business acumen, judgment and integrity to effectively serve investigator and sponsor clients and to work independently managing a large caseload.


Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse multicultural environment, interacting frequently with faculty, staff, students and research community representatives.


JD or other advanced degree.


General knowledge of academic, personnel, and accounting principles in a university environment.


Ability to review contracts and identify issues not only in the text but also created in the absence of text.


Additional Posting Information

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99-Policy Covered

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