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Legal Counsel - R&D & Business Contracts

Legal - Leuven | More than two weeks ago

As a legal specialist in contract drafting and negotiating, you support the imec group to ensure that imec’s growth is duly protected by concluding solid agreements.

Legal Counsel - R&D & Business Contracts 

What you will do

  • You provide legal advice and draft and review a wide range of sales/R&D contracts with partners worldwide, (e.g. collaboration agreements, program partnerships, license agreements, feasibility & development agreements, technology transfers, ...) while safeguarding imec’s rights and obligations.  As imec performs many different technical and scientific activities, one or more specific business lines and/or domains will be assigned to you, where you will act as the main legal responsible and point-of-contact for all contract-related questions.
  • Currently, we are specifically looking for a legal counsel to support the activities of imec in government funded projects and imec’s partnerships with universities and other academic institutions worldwide.  Therefore, you can demonstrate experience in national and/or international (EU, US) government funded projects, and you are acquainted with the specific funding rules and regulations and the corresponding contract templates.  In addition, you are familiar with typical academic agreements. 
  • You negotiate the contracts, in close collaboration with other teams, which are essential in imec’s contract procedure, such as IP Business Intelligence, Business Development & Business Operations, Contract Administration and Technical Units. 
  • You align with the Compliance teams (in the domain of privacy, healthcare and export control, for example) in order to ensure regulatory compliance in our agreements. 
  • You keep up to date with applicable laws and regulations in domains such as contract law, IP law, competition law, commercial law and more specifically the various applicable national and international funding regulations.   
  • You help to set up appropriate and up-to-date template contracts and contract clauses, in line with imec’s policies and the applicable laws and regulations. 
  • You cooperate with legal colleagues and participate in initiatives to guarantee a uniform legal strategy for imec. 

What we do for you

As a Legal Counsel at imec, you work on innovative legal challenges which require creative and proactive legal guidance.  
You are part of the Legal Office team, and you will work at imec’s headquarters in Leuven, Belgium.  

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and proud of our open, multicultural, and informal working environment with ample possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. We commit to supporting and guiding you in this process; not only with words but also with tangible actions. Through imec.academy, 'our corporate university', we actively invest in your development to further your technical and personal growth.  

The projects and contracts you take on challenge you to think big and differently. In exchange for your talent, passion and expertise, you will join a multicultural and high-tech company. Our flexible, progressive and informal working environment offers you a range of possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of an attractive and competitive salary with many fringe benefits. 

Who you are

  • Master in Law, with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in contract law and IP law, preferably within an R&D environment.  
  • Specific experience with public (national/international) funded research projects and related regulations is a must.  
  • You advise and write in a clear, concise and focused manner in both Dutch and English. 
  • You are a diplomatic communicator with a solution-oriented mindset, who can make decisions autonomously. 
  • You can cope with a high work pace, handle deadlines and plan your work efficiently.
  • You are a team player and with a pro-active and constructive attitude.  

Imec is a story about how talent grows technology and technology grows talent. How people rise above themselves when working on challenges no one has ever faced before.  This is imec. Come find your place in it. 


IMEC and its affiliates will not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from a candidate. IMEC will consider unsolicited referrals and/or resumes submitted by vendors such as search firms, staffing agencies, professional recruiters, fee-based referral services and recruiting agencies (hereafter “Agency”) to have been referred by the Agency free of charge. IMEC will not pay a fee to any Agency that does not have a prior written agreement with IMEC, validated by its HR department, in place regarding a specific job opening and allowing to submit resumes. 

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