Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Officer

South Africa
Sep 04, 2017
Sep 15, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Directorate Research Development

Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Officer (post level 11/10) (contract appointment: 3 years)

Job ID: 1939


Duties and responsibilities:

  • Conduct preliminary patent searches.

  • Conduct techno-legal analysis.

  • Identify and investigate market opportunities for innovations.

  • Develop Intellectual Property strategies for existing research projects.

  • Identify industry leads for potential commercialisation agreements.

  • Implement office systems and procedures as required by the Technology Transfer Director.

  • Obtain bioprospecting permits in terms of biodiversity legislation.

  • Report to TIA & NIPMO on the commercialisation activities on the Intellectual Property Portfolio.

  • Support the Technology Transfer Office with all duties related to technology transfer activities.


    Inherent requirements:

    • BSc or LLB.

    • Two (2) to three (3) years’ experience in technology transfer at a university, the private sector or research institution/council.


    Required competencies:

    • Knowledge and understanding of South African policy landscape relating to technology transfer, IP and innovation systems.

    • Good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to function with ease in the University’s richly diverse working environment.

    • Advance computer skills in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

    • Meticulous attention to detail and commitment to a high standard of work.

    • Ability to work independently in a high-pressure environment.

    • Ability to plan effectively.

    • Operational thoroughness.

    • Project management skills.

    • The ability to converse technically and legally.



    • Experience in the higher education environment.

    • Experience in and understanding of intellectual property and licensing and legislation.

    • Experience with biodiversity permit compliance


    Assumption of duties:
    As soon as possible.

    Closing date:
    15 September 2017.

    The salary scale is available on request. For any further enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 3592/9161/3106.

    The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific department/division.

     Applications may only be submitted online. All applications must be accompanied by the following:

  • a detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter;

  • copies of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications);

  • a copy of your identity document (ID).


    Applications that are incomplete or sent by fax or e-mail will not be considered. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.