Job Description

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Hiring Pay Scale
$100,000 - $120,000 / Year
East Campus (La Jolla)
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday- Friday

#126715 Contract Officer - Hybrid

Extended Review Date: Thu 6/27/2024

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

This position is a contract position with the possibility of extension/career conversion.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/04/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will work a hybrid schedule which includes a combination of working both onsite in La Jolla and remote.


The Office of Clinical Trials Administration (OCTA) has the delegated authority to negotiate and execute industry sponsored and funded clinical trial agreements at UCSD. The department provides comprehensive review and negotiation of human subjects research related agreements with industry to determine compliance with University policies and applicable regulatory requirements in support of clinical researchers and administrators. This position is located within the School of Medicine and is part of the UC San Diego Health Sciences organization which is a $1 billion dollar plus organization encompassing 16 departments (14 clinical, 2 basic sciences), 2 professional schools (School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences), 2 hospitals, and various other programs and units all dedicated towards fulfilling the Health Sciences missions of education, scientific research, clinical care, and community outreach. As a top-ranking, future oriented organization, we offer challenging career opportunities in a fast-paced and innovative environment. We are looking for top talent that possess the personal characteristics of integrity, strategic thinking, intellectual curiosity, collaboration, and teamwork.

Using intellectual property / technology licensing / transfer concepts, and other clinical research related concepts, this position applies organization policies and procedures to resolve a variety of intellectual property / licensing / transfer / clinical research / clinical trial contracting issues. Works on problems and contracts of moderate scope where analysis of situations, contract language, or data requires a review of a variety of factors. Works under direction of higher-level officer where some interpretation of established work policies and procedures is required, and, at times deviation from standard work practices may be needed. This position will primarily negotiate moderately complex clinical trial agreements. This position will also negotiate confidentiality agreements and contract amendments, of varying complexity, and other contract negotiation support for all agreement types, as needed


  • You are required to submit a cover letter in order for your application to be considered complete.

  • Six years of related experience, education/training, OR a Bachelor’s degree in related area plus two years of related experience/training.

  • Working knowledge of and application of standard principles, theories and concepts such as laws, regulations, and practices pertaining to the protection and management of intellectual property, university technology transfer, and general scientific and / or technical skills in subject matter area. Working knowledge of regulations related to clinical trials and human subjects research.

  • Ability to market technology to industrial partners; knowledge of contracts and grants preferred. Working knowledge of human subjects research policies, compliance requirements, and operations in a university, hospital, or similar setting preferred. Ability to (i) develop expertise in these areas and (i) advise UCSD faculty, staff, and research administrators on industry contracting standards and regulatory requirements.

  • Aptitude for or demonstrated skill in (i) the art of negotiation or conflict resolution and (ii) the ability to persuade, both in writing and orally.

  • Ability to timely and adeptly manage a high volume of transactions.

  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply laws, regulations, or written policies and procedures, and articulate or apply such in a written work product.

  • Ability to read, understand, and interpret clinical protocols and other medical, technical, and financial information.

  • Ability to read, understand, and interpret clinical trial budgets and related financial/payments language and administrative concepts. Ability to perform simple to moderately complex financial calculations, including the calculation of direct and indirect costs.

  • Demonstrated ability to exercise tact and discretion, be resourceful, and maintain a professional and positive attitude while under pressure.

  • Excellent attention to detail with strong writing, proofreading (editing, composition, spelling, grammar, punctuation), and organizational skills. Writing is clear, concise, logical, and grammatically correct. Strong skills in editing and formatting of documents.

  • Strong customer service skills with demonstrated ability to follow instruction, take direction well, and support team success.

  • Expert computer skills (including a fast typing speed), with demonstrated experience using the Microsoft Suite of programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), including experience with the track changes function in MS Word, familiarity with Adobe, and the ability to adeptly work in a paper free environment using electronic systems and databases.

  • Demonstrated critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Ability to analyze situations, contract language, or data that requires the review of a variety of factors.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and interact professionally with internal and external customers and colleagues, at various levels of seniority within an organization. Strong interpersonal skills.


  • JD or some legal education with relevant contract negotiation experience.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $82,500 - $151,500 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $39.51 - $72.56

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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