Brisbane, Australia

Work Type

Full Time

Closing Date

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The Company

UniQuest is Australia’s leading university commercialising entity, managing the intellectual property of The University of Queensland, one of Australia’s leading teaching and research universities, ranking among the world’s top universities according to several key independent rankings.  UniQuest benchmarks in the top 5 percent globally for university-based technology transfer offices.  Since 1984, UniQuest has built, commercialised and managed an extensive intellectual property portfolio.  Since 2002, UniQuest and its startup companies have raised more than A$700 million to help take UQ technologies to market. More than 100 startup companies have been created resulting from UQ’s discoveries – a milestone unsurpassed by any other Australian university. 

The Role

Operating as a key part of The University of Queensland’s (UQ) commercial operations, UniQuest is internationally recognised in its field. Capitalising on groundbreaking research and development, the UniQuest team continues to build commercial relationships between industry and the University. With an enviable track record including Triple P Programs, the Gardasil® Cervical Cancer Vaccine and Image Correction Technology, UniQuest has already built up a strong reputation and network with relevant industry stakeholders. As part of an ongoing strategy to further enhance commercial opportunities from UQ's intellectual property (IP), UniQuest is looking for an experienced (7 years +) commercial specialist to join its business.

A Director of Commercialisation is the key link between UQ's world-renowned research staff and industry and investment organisations looking for commercial opportunities. Given the specialist nature of the work at the University, each Director, Commercialisation is given control of a portfolio of researchers, based on their specialisation. Currently, UniQuest is seeking someone to join its Physical Sciences team.

Your key accountabilities will include:

  • Developing strong effective relationships with UQ researchers to identify potential opportunities to commercialise IP;
  • Formulating commercial proposals to drive improved commercial outcomes;
  • Attracting and networking with potential key investors and industry stakeholders;
  • Structuring, negotiating and closing commercial arrangements to maximise value for the organisation;
  • Managing and maintaining a portfolio of qualified projects;
  • Ensuring greater understanding of commercial process amongst the UQ research community.

To be considered for this challenging role, you will preferably have a demonstrated understanding of university research management and university funding systems, as well as proven ability to build relationships across a large research community.

You have considerable experience in technology and IP commercialisation (ideally ICT, Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, cyber security, electrical engineering or robotics), with demonstrated ability to drive commercial activity in this environment and deliver outcomes. Effective as a relationship builder, with a collaborative approach to operating in a high performing culture, you have sound knowledge or a strong appreciation of the university environment. Tertiary qualifications in a field aligned to the study of Physical Sciences is essential.

Further Information

To apply please do so through this link to Seek.com.au or for further information please call Jon Hottot of Davidson Recruitment on 07 3023 1000 quoting reference number JO-1905-95570.