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Requisition ID:  19819

Associate Counsel

Job Summary

As Purdue Applied Research (PARI) Institute's primary in-house counsel and an attorney attached to the broader Purdue legal team, this position will support PARI in implementing a wide range of complex government contracts, cooperative agreements, and grants.  In this connection and in consultation with Purdue’s general counsel, this position will provide advice and assistance to the PARI leadership team regarding PARI’s pursuit, procurement, and implementation of project award opportunities.
In respect of each of the duties and responsibilities below, the successful candidate will research and analyze legal issues; draft legal memoranda and provide opinions on complex issues; negotiate and draft agreement documentation; provide advice on compliance with applicable laws and PARI policies; and provide legal services on other matters as assigned. 
In addition to working closely with PARI’s leadership team and divisions, the attorney will interact with other Purdue attorneys, administrators and faculty, outside counsel, University-affiliated organizations, licensees of intellectual property, and funding partners, including governmental grantors and other contract counterparties.  The attorney can also expect to collaborate closely with personnel supporting Purdue’s Office of Sponsored Programs Services (SPS) and the Purdue Research Foundation’s Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC).



  • Juris Doctor from ABA-accredited Law School
  • Eight (8) years experience (including law firm and/or in-house) handling complex U.S. government contracts, cooperative agreements, and grants, as well as business transactions, including licensing agreements, consulting agreements, or other types of services contracts, teaming agreements, joint ventures or similar collaboration agreements, and/or sponsored (third party-funded) research program arrangements
  • Experience advising U.S. domestic clients on doing business internationally
  • Must be licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia or Indiana or capable of obtaining a license in Indiana within one year
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate complex statutory and regulatory requirements, particularly concerning US government award mechanisms such as Cost-Plus Fixed Fee, Firm Fixed Price, Time and Materials, and IDIQs, among others, as well as demonstrated experience with Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), other agency directives such as USAID Acquisition Regulations (AIDARs), and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)
  • Ability to work independently, as well as the ability to positively contribute to multiple leadership teams
  • Candidates should possess excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, superior negotiating skills, exceptional problem-solving skills, and the ability to become conversant in and provide pragmatic advice on complying with complex regulatory regimes
  • High integrity and strong attention to detail are required


  • General knowledge of corporate law and corporate governance issues 
  • French or Spanish language skills 

Additional Information: 

  • All new hires will be expected to follow Protect Purdue guidelines. To learn more, visit 
  • To learn more about Purdue’s benefits summary 
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position  
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contributions immediately  
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

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