Legal Counsel/Senior Legal Counsel

Legal Counsel/Senior Legal Counsel

Part time and Maximum Term

  • Newly created position to join a leader in translational cancer research
  • Generous salary packaging benefits to $18,550 per annum
  • Flexible working hours, hybrid working model
  • Rare part-time role, 2-3 days per week, maximum term


About the position

The Office of the General Counsel sits within the wider Research Support Services team, providing expert, timely and efficient services to our cancer researchers to enable them to focus on and get the best out of their research.

We are seeking a mid -level or more senior Legal Counsel with a minimum of about 3 years post qualification experience to work in our legal team. The Legal Counsel will work closely with scientific, research and research support staff in the provision of and in the preparation, negotiation and execution of agreements and in the provision of legal advice on a range of legal matters in supporting the Institute’s research activities.

This position works closely with other members of the legal team, researchers, and other units including Innovation & Commercialisation, Grants and the Clinical Trials unit to ensure agreements entered into by the Institute are appropriately risk managed and consistent with research objectives.

Your key responsibilities include:

  • Negotiating, preparing and managing a range of commercial agreements including confidentiality agreements, licenses, services agreements and procurement agreements
  • Negotiating and drafting agreements to facilitate research and related activities including research agreements, agreements for the transfer of materials and data, funding and grant agreements with government, philanthropic funding bodies and commercial organisations and also agreements related to intellectual property management, ownership and protection
  • Appropriately triage and action matters received via the Legal helpdesk
  • Monitoring changes in legislation and assessing their impact on the Institute
  • Managing the contract management system and provide continuous improvement
  • Assisting with the development and delivery of an internal training program for all staff


About You

This opportunity will suit applicants with around 3 to 6 years PQE, or possibly more senior applicants, with legal qualifications, such as a Bachelor or Laws, Juris Doctor or equivalent qualification, and experience in commercial contracts with good drafting skills.

In addition, you will have:

  • Excellent rapport building skills and the ability to maintain solid working relationships with internal (researchers, support team) and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise, manage expectations, deadlines and deliver within an appropriate timeframe
  • Excellent analytical, troubleshooting and communication skills
  • Good influencing and negotiating skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail


A technical background or tertiary qualifications in science would be highly regarded, as would some experience in research or collaboration contracting or other intellectual property-related agreements.

We offer workplace benefits including a hybrid working model, generous salary packaging benefits to $18,550 per FBT year and 4 extra Institute Days off each year.

Please forward your cover letter, curriculum vitae, quoting the reference number ONJCRI-093/2022 to Marnie Manning, General Counsel, via email at

The Institute is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and workforce and we strongly encourage people from all backgrounds to apply.