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Assistant General Counsel

Rice University

To apply, submit cover letter, resume and reference list and complete the form on-line at RiceWorks at

Rice University, located in Houston, Texas and a research-intensive member of the Association of American Universities, seeks an assistant general counsel with a strong background in and principal focus on intellectual property (including patents, trademark and copyright) and significant experience in sponsored research and licensing agreements, technology transfer, and research-related matters, including research compliance.  This is a full-time attorney position that reports to the Vice President and General Counsel of the University.

The position will be primarily responsible for providing legal advice and representation for the Offices of Research, Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance and Technology Transfer. Duties include negotiation, drafting and documentation of contracts, sponsored research agreements, MTA’s, NDA’s and licensing agreements, and interfacing, in conjunction with the Office of Technology Transfer, with outside patent counsel on the prosecution of the University’s patent portfolio. The position also involves providing advice and support to assure that activities are consistent with federal, state and local compliance obligations. The position is also responsible for assuring that the University’s trademarks are legally protected.  Other duties will include research, drafting and providing legal advice to other business and academic operations of the University and service on various University committees.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Juris Doctor or equivalent degree in law from an accredited law school
  • Current license to practice law in Texas or a current license in another jurisdiction with the expectation of becoming licensed in Texas within one year
  • Considerable (minimum of five years) experience in a law firm, university or corporation working with intellectual property and complex legal issues and providing general legal advice in a variety of business transactions
  • A high level of professional skill, knowledge and experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with teams, academic faculty, administrators and outside entities (such as attorneys for grantors or industry)
  • Clear and concise written and verbal communication
  • Ability to balance and prioritize among multiple projects and constituencies
  • Curiosity, creativity, good judgment and willingness to learn new areas of the law
  • Excellent problem-solving skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Technology transfer and licensing, including knowledge of faculty start-ups and sophisticated transactions with licensees of University intellectual property
  • Experience with research grants and research compliance, including export controls, human subjects research, animal research, biosafety and conflicts of interest
  • Policy and procedure drafting and review
  • Experience in providing training to sophisticated audiences on complex legal matters
  • Legal advising in complex business transactions
  • Familiarity with laws and regulations applicable to higher education

Additional Information:

  • Compensation will be competitive consistent with University pay policies and commensurate with qualifications and experience
  • Applicable background and credential checks will be conducted
  • To apply, submit cover letter, resume and reference list and complete the form on-line at RiceWorks at

Rice University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.  Rice does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.