Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne University of Technology

Manager Intellectual Property Commercialisation


Closing in 6 days

  • Role within Innovation and Enterprise
  • Fixed Term for 2 years position at our Hawthorn campus
  • HEW 9 (Total Remuneration Package) and benefits with flexible working options
  • About the Role The Manager, Intellectual Property Commercialisation will lead and support activities and provide expertise in the following areas:

  • Managing the IP portfolio, monitoring the performance of invention intake and facilitating the development of inventions;
  • Overseeing the performance of invention intake and due diligence, including technical, inventorship and ownership identification of core novelty, market application and competitive advantage;
  • Determining the appropriate mechanisms for the protection of IP including patent prosecution for inventions deemed patentable and suitable for licensing;
  • Advising on patentability, structuring of patents, developing and updating patent databases and reminder systems;
  • Documenting and negotiating technology commercialisation relationships with external parties;
  • Raising awareness and educating Swinburne staff on IP, IP protection and commercialisation pathways.
  • The Manager, Intellectual Property Commercialisation will work closely with colleagues across the Swinburne research and innovation ecosystem including:

  • Research staff, especially research leaders and inventors;
  • Swinburne Research teams in the functional areas of major initiatives and proposal development and research contracting and grants management;
  • Research engagement, translation and commercialisation functional areas including Industry Research Engagement Team members and other teams in the Innovation and Enterprise portfolio;
  • Legal office.
  • About You To be suitable for this role you will need to have experience in the below key accountabilities:

  • Demonstrated and relevant commercial/legal experience (preferably in the private sector), with specific practical involvement in technology innovation and commercialisation across digital solutions, AI/Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, Industry 4.0, or Clean Tech / Deep Tech.
  • Understanding of processes for intellectual property capture and protection across key international jurisdictions (especially the countries parties to major treaties and harmonisation initiatives).
  • Ability to work autonomously and in a team- environment, to develop and implement management processes and to follow through on tasks to completion with minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge of government funding programs (at both state and federal levels) available to facilitate IP commercialisation, industry development and collaboration between industry and research organisations.KRA 2
  • Understanding of contract research, intellectual property capture and commercialisation processes as conducted in Australian Universities.
  • Qualifications

  • Tertiary qualifications, preferably in law and/or a relevant scientific discipline. Additional intellectual property, patent attorney, business or management qualifications/experience would be highly regarded.
  • About Swinburne University of Technology Swinburne Horizon 2025 draws upon our understanding of future challenges. With this new strategic plan, we choose to build Swinburne as the prototype of a new and different university – one that is truly of Technology, of Innovation and of Entrepreneurship, and proud of it. We are committed to a differentiated university proposition in education and research, so that:

  • Every Swinburne learner gets a work experience
  • Every Swinburne graduate gets a job
  • Every Swinburne partner gets a tech solution
  • Swinburne is the prototype of global best practice
  • The achievement of our 2025 moon shots depends on our capacity to work collectively, always, as One Swinburne.

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    For more information about this role, please contact Eve at [email protected]

    Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

    If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Swinburne Talent Acquisition Team on [email protected].

    Applications Close: Sunday October 1st, at 11PM

    Swinburne offers flexible working options, leave and parenting/carer policies to support work life balance.

    Equity and Diversity Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation and we are proud of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through key initiatives. For further information on all our initiatives visit our Equity & Diversity website.

    We welcome and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

    We are committed to making the recruitment process fair and equitable for all our candidates. If you have specific accessibility or support requirements please contact [email protected]

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    For any support please contact [email protected] or for more information on our Indigenous strategies please follow the link to our RAP Reconciliation Action Plan.

    We are a 2023 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant

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    Job details


    Manager Intellectual Property Commercialisation


    Swinburne University of Technology




    September 13, 2023

    Application deadline

    October 01, 2023

    Job type



    Computer Science,Business and Economics,Law

    About the employer

    Swinburne University of Technology (often simply called Swinburne) is a public research university based in Melbourne, Australia. It was founded in 1908 as the Eastern Suburbs Technical College by George Swinburne in order to serve those without access to further education in Melbourne's eastern suburbs. Its main campus is located in Hawthorn, a suburb of Melbourne which is located 7.5 km from the Melbourne central business district.

    In addition to its main Hawthorn campus, Swinburne has campuses in the Melbourne metropolitan area at Wantirna and Croydon as well as campuses in Sarawak, Malaysia and Sydney.

    In the 2022 QS World University Rankings, Swinburne placed 19th in Australia and moved up 50 places to 321st globally. In the 2020 Student Experience Survey, Swinburne was ranked equal 1st place in Victoria for the ’entire education experience’ for undergraduate students, with an overall satisfaction rate of 80 per cent.

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