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Research Assistant, IP Research

Reporting to: Research Lead, IP

Basic job Summary:

The purpose of the Research Assistant is to assist, primarily, in academic research carried out under Phase III of the OpenAIR Project (see http://www.openair.org.za). This research focuses on technology and IP in the African context with heavy focus on the use or non-use of patents as a tool for companies, innovators, and entrepreneurs.

Substantial collaboration is expected between the Research Assistant and other OpenAIR researchers in Africa and Canada.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for assisting CIPIT Director and Research Lead, IP in carrying out the following:

  • The Research Assistant will be primarily responsible for assisting a Research Fellow in carrying out OpenAIR research activities at CIPIT, including preparation of research papers, reports, timelines, etc.
  • The Research Assistant will be required to contribute regularly to CIPIT's blog.
  • The Research Assistant may be asked to participate in other CIPIT activities as time allows, including the CIPIT IP Clinic, monthly Saturday IP CheckIn events, and other CIPIT research and training projects.
  • Writing regular blog posts and articles on IP-related matters         
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) or a related field;
  • Completion of Kenya School of Law a plus;
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out research and publish results;
  • Knowledge and experience in Intellectual Property
  • Knowledge and experience in patents and technology-related IP preferred.

To apply, please send a copy of your  CV, letter of application and two (2) relevant work samples quoting “Research Assistant, IP Research” on the subject line to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15th September 2017 close of business.

Due to the large number of applications we may receive, kindly note that only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Research Assistant, Innovation Platform (Full Time)

Duration: Contractual

Basic job Summary:

As Innovation Platform Lead, the Research Assistant will manage a new online innovation exchange platform for intellectual property (IP) professionals to be launched in August 2017. The Research Assistant will also be actively involved in offline projects associated with the platform, including the incorporation of an association of IP professionals in Kenya.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for assisting CIPIT Director and Research Lead, IP in carrying out the following:

  • Mapping out all actors in the innovation ecosystem and their connection to the platform
  • Creating, developing and managing information/content for the platform
  • Publicizing in a cost effective manner the platform and all associated projects
  • Carrying out administrative tasks related to the platform and all associated projects
  • Working with IT support on maintenance and revamp of the platform from time to time
  • Organising and participating regularly in events and activities connected to the platform
  • Keeping the platform current with news, reports and other developments
  • Cataloguing and archiving all platform data
  • Writing regular blog posts and articles on platform-related matters
  • Tracking and reporting on all platform metrics       
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will possess some or all of the following characteristics:

  • Academic background in law, commerce, arts, sciences or relevant fields.
  • Experience running an active community online and offline
  • Experience in web management and/or content management
  • Interest in innovation, technology and/or IP issues in Kenya
  • Experience in business development, sales and/or marketing
  • Excellent oral and written presentation skills
  • Proactive feedback with team members and partners
  • Excellent time management to ensure timely delivery of outputs

To apply, please send a copy of your  CV, letter of application and two (2) relevant work samples quoting “Research Assistant, Innovation Platform” on the subject line to CIPIT[@]strathmore.edu. The application deadline remains open until position is filled.

Due to the large number of applications we may receive, kindly note that only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


 

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