Industry Liaison Specialist

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Industry Liaison Specialist

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Author pmnationtalk
Date September 14, 2021
Deadline September 23, 2021
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Salary $37.43 - 44.02 - Per Hour
Location Waterloo, ON
Category Specialist
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Date: Sep 14, 2021
Location: Waterloo, CA
Company: Wilfrid Laurier University
Department: Office of Research Services
Job Type: Continuing
Full-time/Part-time: Full Time (>=1249 hrs/year)
Campus: Waterloo
Reports to: Manager, Research Facilitation
Employee Group: WLUSA
Application Deadline: September 23, 2021
Requisition ID: 2473

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus university that excels at educating with purpose. Through its exceptional employees, students, researchers, leaders, and educators, Laurier has built a reputation as a world-class institution known for its rich student experience, academic excellence, and global impact.  With a commitment to Indigenization and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, Laurier’s thriving community has a place for everyone

Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as a location in Kitchener. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

Position Summary:

The Industry Liaison Specialist is responsible for enhancing the development of strategic collaborative relationships between Laurier faculty and organizations external to the university including the private sector, the public sector, the research community and civil society, in support of the University’s research and technology transfer activities. The incumbent will work closely with faculty to facilitate effective interactions with industry partners and proactively approach companies to identify collaborative funding opportunities, including, but not limited to, those offered through the Tri-Agencies, Ontario Centres of Excellence, and Mitacs.

Reporting to the Manager, Research Facilitation in Research Services, the incumbent is responsible for identifying, promoting and managing high/value impact research opportunities with industry partners, including proposal development and ensuring adherence to University and partnering organization’s policies. The incumbent will be responsible for the negotiation and administration of research contracts and contribution agreements.  This will include negotiations of financial and legal terms; milestones and deliverable dates; publication, licensing and patent rights; and student participation requirements.  The Liaison Specialist plays a critical role in performance monitoring and problem resolution during the life of the contract and/or industrial grant to ensure that the terms, conditions and requirements of the contract or industrial grant are carried out to the satisfaction of all parties. The Liaison Specialist is responsible for the identification, protection and the commercial exploitation of intellectual property (technology) developed by University researchers through a variety of commercial arrangements including licensing and start-up company creation.  The incumbent will work closely with faculty members to prepare business cases or plans, facilitate the creation of technology prototypes or demonstration projects, and prepare funding proposals to various government programs that support commercialization of new technology. The Industry Liaison Specialist will support the development of Laurier’s institutional and entrepreneurship strategy. This strategy will provide a cohesive vision that aligns with Laurier’s research, innovation and entrepreneurial strengths and will provide external partners insight into the many ways they can engage with the Laurier community.


Industrial Funding Support

  • Develop and implement an ongoing strategy for the identification, prospecting and stewardship of external partners that will lead to research in collaboration
  • Attend meetings and events to promote Wilfrid Laurier Research research capability and to interact with potential sponsors
  • Pro-actively target sectors or companies where there is high potential for collaboration with faculty members
  • Prepares and delivers workshops on industry sponsored grant opportunities and strategies for success.
  • Initiates and facilitate connection between external partners and faculty members
  • Review, and advise on Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality agreements prior to the faculty members discussing new proposals/ideas with potential sponsors
  • Consult and assist faculty members in all aspects of the development and preparation of proposals to potential research sponsors.   An in-depth and detailed working knowledge of sponsor guidelines and university research policies is required.
  • Negotiate, in conjunction with the faculty member and the sponsor, on terms and conditions of a contract or industrial grant
  • Monitor industry sponsored project progress and intervene as necessary to ensure satisfaction of all parties.
  • As necessary, assume responsibility for planning, developing, editing and disseminating project reports, presentations as well as other project information and communications.
  • Maintains departmental database(s) pertaining to grant and contract applications from client faculty.

Commercialization Support

  • Promotes and coordinates invention disclosures from faculty researchers.
  • Assesses disclosures for marketable tech transfer opportunities where appropriate, considering market, economic and legal factors.
  • Provides technical and specialized advice and support to faculty members in proposals for seed funding, pre-commercialization funding.
  • Devises and executes technology commercialization plan for invention disclosures, including intellectual property protection strategy, partnering/development strategy, marketing strategy, and exit strategy.
  • Coordinates intellectual property protection and filing of patent applications, by retaining patent lawyers/agents and consulting with experts in Canada and elsewhere.
  • Promotes inventors and their inventions to government, research and development and commercialization agencies, industries and to potential investors.
  • Prepares proposals in consultation with the faculty member to secure seed funding to commercialize inventions
  • Promotes the University’s tech transfer capacity to provide service to the university community and external investigators
  • Establishes and maintains an inventions portfolio with individual inventions or technologies at various stages and periodically reviews this portfolio with respect to impacts that advances in science, competing technologies, or changes in business environment or inventor involvement might have on commercial potential and recommends strategic changes if necessary.
  • Coordinates IP protection and filing of patent applications.
  • Administers intellectual property policies and procedures.  Reviews administrative and operational activities and recommends changes to policy.


  • Graduate degree  plus a minimum of three years in fostering industry partnerships and/or technology transfer experience in university or industry;
  • A professional designation (MBA, P.Eng., CA, JD/LLB) is desirable but not essential;
  • Experience with contracts, patent and copyright legislation is essential;
  • Superior marketing and negotiating experience;
  • Proven ability to negotiate contracts and agreements
  • Knowledge of research policies and trends;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


Position Grade: SH-09

Rate of Pay: $37.43 – 44.02

Hours of Work:

This is a full-time, continuing position. The normal hours of work are 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Monday to Friday.

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