Assistant General Counsel (Commercial/IP)
Digital Science | Remotely based in US or based in our Boston offices
Reports to Head of Legal based in UK
We are looking for someone to work at least three days a week either remotely or based in our Cambridge, MA office.
About Digital Science:
Digital Science is a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, at the laboratory bench or in a research setting. It invests in and incubates scientific software companies that simplify the research cycle, making more time for discovery. Its portfolio companies and investments include a host of leading and admired brands including Altmetric, BioRAFT, Figshare, GRID, IFI CLAIMS, Labguru, Peerwith, Overleaf, ReadCube, Symplectic, TetraScience, Transcriptic, and ÜberResearch. It is operated by global media company, the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.
About the role:
The global Digital Science business is growing rapidly, particularly in the US and is currently advised by a single dedicated lawyer based in London, with support from its parent company – Holtzbrinck – based in Germany. This role (broad base commercial/IT/IP) will be involved in the drafting and negotiation of agreements of all types, but with an emphasis on software-as-a-service and data licenses, and will be expected to develop a general knowledge of the law typically encountered in respect of digital products and services.
Working closely with the Head of Legal in London, this role will act as the US-based legal support for Digital Science and its portfolio companies, and so must have the confidence to work autonomously (although lots of help will be available). We are a fast-paced, rapidly evolving business, so the position requires someone who can be flexible and is excellent at prioritizing, and who enjoys a challenge and isn’t fazed dealing with whatever is thrown their way.
This role is expected to have the following qualifications/experience:
- Licensed to practise law in relevant state
- 5-7 years of experience practising law at a reputable US law firm or in-house in a technology company
- Excellent academics
- Strong background in commercial contracts (in particular technology licensing)
- Good working knowledge of soft intellectual property, especially copyright
What we can offer:
- A start-up environment that values innovation, initiative, and energy
- Flexible working arrangements
- Variety and ability to get involved in make a difference
This job description is not meant to be all-inclusive. The employee may be required to perform other duties to meet the ongoing needs of the team and business.