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Trainee Patent Attorney (Chem/Bio)

We are seeking a post-doctoral or PhD level scientist, keen to kick start – or continue – their career as a patent attorney, to join our ChemBio team on a flexible, full-time basis.
  • Join Australia’s Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year (2019 & 2021)
  • Flexible working options include your choice of location 60% of the time
  • Local and International client base, talented patent team, outstanding resources

When you join FPA, you will be welcomed by a talented team of professionals offering a supportive, people focussed environment. Behind our Tier 1 ranking, FPA Patent Attorneys comprises industry leading patent attorneys and support specialists who work collaboratively and inclusively to deliver unique perspectives to our valued local and international client base. Our Vision: ‘Best Minds, Best Work, Best Clients and Best Environment’ is the foundation of our success, recognised by multiple industry awards year on year.

The opportunity

FPAs ChemBio team is a leading practice in the Australian patent landscape with a significant and growing local client base and representing some of the world’s most innovative global companies. The ideal candidate has a background in medicinal chemistry or organic synthetic chemistry, or similar discipline applicable to small molecule drug development and/or manufacture.

It is a significant step deciding to transition away from a research career, and this role provides a great opportunity to use your chemical training in a more commercial and legal way, and put you on the path to building a career as a patent attorney. You will be exposed to a wide range of client matters under the supervision of industry leading experts. On the job training, fully supported formal training, in-house seminar series developed specifically to support technical experts grow their IP knowledge, mentoring and access to a range of IP experts will ensure both depth and breadth of your ongoing professional development. This training includes introducing you to the fundamentals of intellectual property as well as ongoing training concerning developments in the law in Australia and overseas.

Professional tertiary training included

Your day-to-day work and training will be complemented by your further Intellectual Property Law studies. We will fund your tuition at The University of Melbourne to complete your Masters of Intellectual Property and provide you with paid study leave to complete the necessary requirements to become registered as a Patent Attorney. To find out more, visit this link.

Your key responsibilities

  • Engage with inventors and draft patent specifications
  • Prosecute patent applications from filing to grant
  • Provide patent infringement and commercial advice to clients, and assist with patent oppositions
  • Learn how to advise clients on how patents can impact their commercial success

Skills and attributes for success

To be eligible you must have:

  • Bachelors with specialisation in Medicinal Chemistry, Organic Synthetic Chemistry or similar discipline
  • PhD in Medicinal Chemistry, Organic Synthetic Chemistry or similar discipline
  • Preference will be given to post-doctoral or industry research experience (although is not essential to be considered)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Excellent time management skills

What we offer:

  • We support flexible working including hybrid working from both home and office. You choose your preferred working location 60% of the time. As we are based at 80 Collins Street in Melbourne, you can easily ride your bike or tram right to the front door, making use of the first class end-of-trip facilities
  • FPA offers employees a wide range of staff benefits covering mental and physical health and well-being
  • A continuous learning environment, enabling you to continually grow and progress throughout your career

What do I need to do to apply?

You will need to send us the following information (please upload in 1 document):

  1. A covering letter explaining your interest in the position
  2. Your current resume
  3. Full academic transcript

All applicants must have an ongoing right to work in Australia. All expressions of interest will be kept strictly confidential. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications open Tuesday 15 November 2022 and close on Thursday 8 December 2022.

Further questions? If you would like further information, to tell us about any adjustments you might require through the recruitment process or if you are trans or gender diverse and would like a confidential discussion, please contact our People & Culture Advisor, Lawra Bello at or (03) 8662 7309.

We encourage and welcome applications from people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTQIA+ people, all genders, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and mature age people.

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