Associate, Commercialisation
Agriculture & Food Sciences


Brisbane, Australia

Work Type

Full Time

The Company

UniQuest is Australia’s leading technology transfer company and manages the intellectual property of The University of Queensland (UQ). Established in 1984, our innovation portfolio has seen the creation of more than 100 startup companies, and includes Australia’s first blockbuster vaccine Gardasil®, the internationally acclaimed Triple P-Positive Parenting Program and superconductor technology used in most of the world’s MRI machines. In 2015, our spinout company Spinifex Pharmaceuticals secured Australia’s largest ever biotechnology acquisition.

The Role

Reporting to the Director, Commercialisation – Agriculture and Food Sciences, the purpose of this position is to:

  • Assist the Life Sciences team to identify, evaluate, prioritise and promote those projects which have the potential to create commercially valuable intellectual property (“IP”);
  • Raise awareness and enhance the skills of research staff to identify, protect and manage the University’s intellectual capital and realise these new business opportunities;
  • Increase funding opportunities for new areas of strategic research by leveraging the University’s intellectual capital resources through the development of new business and the commercialisation of its intellectual property assets.

The position will have a specific focus on the commercialisation of technologies related to agriculture and food sciences and will be expected to support all aspects of commercialisation across the IP portfolio.


Key responsibilities include:

  • the delivery of effective analysis of the literature and patent databases, mapping the competitive landscape, identifying potential commercial partners and relevant historical commercial deals for projects; identifying, protecting, marketing and commercially exploiting UQ intellectual property in agriculture and food sciences in conjunction with the Senior Directors, Directors and UQ researchers; and
  • building and maintaining strong relationships with relevant contacts, industry organisations and the investment community.

To be successful in your application, you will need to demonstrate knowledge and experience in the following areas:

  • Tertiary level qualifications in any relevant technical discipline (for example agriculture or food, preferably to post-graduate level);
  • Understanding of the higher education sector;
  • Relevant business experience or tertiary level qualifications in a business-related discipline;
  • Excellent comprehension, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work well under pressure with constant and concurrent deadlines;
  • Awareness of the main steps and challenges in the translation of academic science into commercial outcomes and impact;
  • Understanding of intellectual property protection principles;
  • Awareness of searching and data analysis as it relates to research commercialisation including literature and patent database searching, mapping the competitive landscape, and identifying potential commercial partners and relevant historical commercial deals;

The ideal candidate will have enthusiasm to develop IP commercialisation, and strengths using your searching and data analysis skills. You will also combine a strong curiosity about new, early stage technologies with a critical review and have a desire to convert these technologies into commercial solutions for industry problems. Critical to your success will be your ability to work well under pressure when faced with constant and concurrent deadlines.


Please send your application addressing the needed qualifications and experience, along with a current CV to

Applications close COB Wednesday, 27 November 2019

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