Director, Commercial Engagement - Physical Sciences

Job Title: Director, Commercial Engagement - Physical Sciences
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Salary: Negotiable
Reference: JO-1802-87650_1532910012
Contact Name: Sarah Medcalf
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 30, 2018 10:22

Job Description

UniQuest is the commercialisation company of The University of Queensland (UQ) and is internationally recognised as the leader in the field of technology commercialisation in Australia and one of the leaders worldwide. Capitalising on groundbreaking research and development, the UniQuest team continues to build commercial relationships with industry partners and venture capital. With an enviable track record including the commercialisation of technologies such as Image Correction Technology in magnetic resonance imaging machines around the world, UniQuest has already built up a strong reputation and network with relevant industry stakeholders. As part of an ongoing strategy to further enhance and build commercial opportunities from UQ's intellectual property (IP), UniQuest is looking for an experienced business development manager to join their business.

As a Director, Commercial Engagement - Physical Sciences you will be the key link between world-renowned research and industry and investment organisations looking for commercial opportunities. The role will manage projects and commercialisation opportunities based on your subject matter expertise in technologies and services related to physical sciences and/or engineering.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Developing strong effective relationships with UQ researchers to identify potential IP commercialisation opportunities;
  • Formulating and executing strategies to drive commercial outcomes;
  • Attracting and networking with potential key industry and investor stakeholders;
  • Structuring, negotiating and closing commercial opportunities to maximise value;
  • Managing and maintaining a portfolio of qualified projects and IP/patent applications;
  • Ensuring an understanding of the commercialisation process amongst the UQ research community.

To be considered for this challenging role, you will have experience and a track record of business development activities and preferably have an understanding of university research, as well as proven ability to build relationships across a various networks.

You will have demonstrable experience in technology commercialisation, and a track record of transactions (licenses and/or start-ups). Effective at building business relationships with a collaborative, outcomes-focused approach to operating in a high performing culture. Tertiary qualifications in a field aligned to an area in the Physical Sciences field is essential.

We invite applications from international candidates qualified for employment in Australia. A Visa sponsorship opportunity may be available to the eligible applicant.

To apply please go to or for further information please call Ryan Webster or Jon Hottot on 07 3023 1000.

Applications close Monday 20th August 2018