First listed on: 17 February 2017

Manager, Intellectual Property Commercialisation

  • Outstanding opportunity at a leading university of science, technology and innovation
  • Newly created role within Swinburne Research Office based at Hawthorn campus, Melbourne
  • Competitive salary package (including 17%  superannuation) and generous staff benefits  
  • Full time, ongoing position

Swinburne has an international reputation for research excellence, innovation and impact through active research engagement with industry, business and the community. Our commitment to high-quality teaching and research is reflected in our rankings in a number of prestigious world academic rankings.

An opportunity for a Manager, Intellectual Property Commercialisation has arisen within Swinburne Research.  The position will manage a portfolio of projects aimed at the development and commercialisation of Swinburne Intellectual Property. The projects may involve collaborations with external industry and research partners, investors, specialist consultants and service providers.

Working with patent attorneys and under the general direction of the Intellectual Property Committee and relevant Pro Vice Chancellor to develop, implement and communicate end-to-end procedures and strategies for the protection and administration of Swinburne’s patent portfolio – including the tracking and distribution of commercialisation revenues to inventors in accordance with relevant Swinburne policies.

Skills and experience required
To be successful in this role, you will need to demonstrate relevant business experience (preferably in the private sector), with some specific practical involvement in technology transfer and intellectual property commercialisation.  Another key to your success in this position will be your high level report writing, oral and interpersonal skills & well developed negotiation skills.

A full list of all selection criteria is available in the position description

As a Swinburne staff member you will have access to many benefits such as career development opportunities including 50% study reduction and staff and management development programs.  You will receive up to 17% employer contributions (pension) and various discounts on annual Myki cards, private health insurance and movie tickets.  We also recognise the need to support the work/life balance and flexible needs of our staff.  As such a range of flexible working arrangements including paid maternity/partner leave, onsite childcare, working from home and part time options are available.  To find out more about the extensive benefits offered to Swinburne employees please visit:

The diverse culture within Swinburne is our strength and our success lies within the inclusive working environment built of employees from a variety of backgrounds. Swinburne celebrates and respects the strength that difference creates. We acknowledge that diversity in the university workforce increases the effectiveness of teams and generally the capacity for innovation.  We welcome applications from Indigenous people; varying age workers; people with disabilities; people who identify as LGBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

We are proud to be recognised by the WGEA as the Employer of Choice of Gender Equality 2015, and of key initiatives such as Pride @ Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and Reconciliation Action Plan which are integral components of our 2020 vision – to become Australia’s leading university in Science, Technology and Innovation.

How to apply
To start an application click on 'apply' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Kirsty Cleland, Commercial Manager Swinburne Innovation Precinct on +61 39214 4439 or email:

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Applications close at 5pm, Friday 3 March 2017

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Swinburne values diversity in its work environment and has been recognised as an Employer of Choice for Women since 2007. Swinburne encourages applications from Indigenous Australians; women; mature age workers ; people with disabilities; people who identify as LGBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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