Research and Business Development Officer
University of Toronto
St. George, ON, Canada
4h ago

About us :

The Faculty of Arts & Science is the heart of Canada’s leading university and one of the most comprehensive and diverse academic divisions in the world.

The strength of Arts & Science derives from our combined teaching and research excellence in the humanities, sciences and social sciences across 29 departments, seven colleges and 46 interdisciplinary centres, institutes and programs.

We can only realize our mission with the dedication and excellence of engaged staff and faculty. The diversity of opportunities and perspectives within the Faculty reflect the local and global landscape and the need for curiosity, innovative thinking and collaboration.

At Arts & Science, we take pride in our legacy of innovation and discovery that has changed the way we think about the world.

Established in 1964, the Department of Computer Science is ranked among the top computer science departments in the world.

Our faculty have been presented with a wide variety of honours and awards over the years, including two Turing Awards, and many other national and international honours.

We provide diverse programs and research opportunities while consistently producing high-impact research that is among the most highly cited in computer science.

Your opportunity :

Under general supervision of the Academic Director, MScAC program, the incumbent will focus on strategic business development and cultivate lasting industrial relationships.

The Research and Business Development Officer will help drive commercialization initiatives and develop collaborative research projects through research internship opportunities.

This is a critical outward and inward facing role at the senior staff level.

Your responsibilities will include :

  • Developing and implementing plans to support areas of research relevant to industry needs that are consistent with the University’s academic mission
  • Developing and implementing strategies to maximize the economic and social impact of commercialization partnerships
  • Writing grant and investment proposals to acquire proof of concept and product development funding
  • Using formal negotiation skills to settle the financial and business terms of all commercialization agreements
  • Identifying, developing and executing strategies for research and development collaborations
  • Developing project schedules including milestones, critical path, timelines, deliverables and reporting
  • Serving as a resource on specific issues to a group of specialists
  • Forecasting, planning and monitoring multiple complex budgets
  • Qualifications

    Essential Qualifications :

  • Master's Degree in computer science, mathematics, statistics, or other related field and / or an acceptable combination of equivalent education / credentials and experience
  • Six to seven years of recent and related experience in industrial and academic research setting related to computer science, statistics and mathematics, undertaking both hands-on research & business development (R&D) and formulation of industry-based research projects, with experience managing and promoting professional graduate programs
  • Experience working with graduate students
  • Experience managing program budgets
  • Experience writing business documents (such as complex business contracts) and compiling statistical reports
  • Experience in assessing, formulating and articulating a business case for partnering on high-quality academic-industry research and development problems
  • Excellent problem solving, decision making and facilitation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to build consensus, employ multiple approaches and manage the conflicting expectations of multiple stakeholders
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to exercise discretion and tact
  • Ability to build relationships with a pleasant and professional demeanor
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting
  • Assets (Nonessential) :

  • Experience with industry- academic governmental funding programs such as through Mitacs, NSERC, and OCE
  • To be successful in this role you will be :

  • Accountable
  • Communicator
  • Organized
  • Problem solver
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