Term: 2 years
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.
Identify potential industry partners
Maximize leverage from industry dollars
Collaborate with University personnel
Undertake special projects as assigned by the Director, Research Partnerships, or Vice-President, University Research or the Associate Vice-President, University Research