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Job Title: Junior Research Fellow

Reports to: The Director

Basic job Summary: To develop Intellectual Property-related research objectives, projects and proposals, undertake research, and evaluate outcomes. The Research Fellow will plan, coordinate and implement research programmes in accordance with the University strategy, policy and procedures and funder requirements. The fellow is required primarily to oversee Phase III of the OpenAir Project (see at CIPIT. 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 Fellow and other OpenAir researchers in Africa and Canada.

Duties & Responsibilities:

1.   To undertake research activities and investigations in collaboration with and under the supervision of the Research Fellow in order to realize the objectives and development of the specific research programmes under CIPIT.

2.   To work as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on IP Research Projects, being mutually supportive and covering duties as necessary during colleagues’ absences and at times of additional pressure, as directed.

3.   To make research initiatives and original contributions to the research programme wherever possible and contribute freely to the team research environment in a manner conducive to the success of the research project as a whole.

4.   To develop high quality reports, academic papers and journal articles of publishable standard based on the analysis of data and literature with a clear and engaging writing style.

5.   To review and analyze academic and grey literature based on methodical and replicable search strategies.

6.   To develop ideas for generating research funding, promoting research and influencing leading edge research practice.

7.   To make presentations at conferences or exhibit work in other appropriate events of a similar standing and identify ways to disseminate research outputs informally via various forms of public engagement.

8.   To organize project related events such as workshops and report launches, coordinate the CIPIT blog on IP, including contributing articles and reviewing guest posts as well as write and edit various publications and assist with communication of research reports.

Minimum Academic Qualifications:

·        A master’s degree qualification in Law. Intellectual Property Specialization is preferred

·        Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of IP and the Law

·        2 years relevant working experience

·        Experience in conducting academic research at Master level


Skills and Personal Attributes:

·        Integrity and high professional standard

·        Commitment to duty

·        Good oral and written communication skill

·        Dependable and a problem solver

·        Analytical and organizational Skills

·        Attention to detail


Are you qualified for this position and interested in working with us? We would like to hear from you. Kindly send us a copy of your updated resume, two relevant writing samples and letter of application (ONLY) quoting “Junior Research Fellow, CIPIT” on the subject line to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5th October 2018.


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



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