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Corporate Research Partnerships Manager

Date: April, 2015
Reports to (Job Title): Director, Research Partnerships
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Department: Office of Research


Main Campus


USG 14
35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The incumbent is responsible for the cultivation, development and procurement of external research partnerships with industry. This will include broadening the relationship between industry and faculties leading to collaborative research projects with the Tri-Councils (NSERC, CIHR & SSHRC), Ontario Centres of Excellence, ORF, CFI, etc.  The incumbent will be expected to source and nurture industry research partnership leads that may arise from targeted outreach, or through a diverse network including faculty members, industry associations, other university departments (e.g. Advancement, Co-Op), and direct industry requests.


The incumbent has responsibility for the initial negotiation of the key terms and conditions of industrial research contracts and, accordingly, should have a detailed and extensive knowledge of the academic research environment as well as University policies and practices governing the conduct of research, ownership of intellectual property and overhead costs associated with industrial research. As these negotiations have a direct bearing on the success of securing industrial funding for research, the incumbent must have excellent negotiation and customer relations skills, excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to adapt to the complex and changing University, Industry and Government environments. A strong technical background, preferably including an advanced research degree, is an asset in dealing with companies and academics in this role.

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Identify potential industry partners:



2.  Maximize leverage from industry dollars:



3.  Marketing



4.  Collaborate with University personnel:



5.  Undertake special projects as assigned by the Director, Research Partnerships, or Vice-President, University Research or the Associate Vice-President, University Research

Position Requirements


Master’s degree or equivalent experience, preferably with a background in Science, Engineering or Mathematics.  PhD or MBA would be an asset.  Facility in a non-English language would be an asset.              







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