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Microsoft and Academia

A recent job posting that hit my in box:

Redmond, WA

Academic Relations Manager

Microsoft Corporation has an immediate opening for an Academic Relations Manager in the Corporate and Regulatory Affairs group of the Law and Corporate Affairs division, based in Redmond, WA. Reporting to the Associate General Counsel of the Regulatory Affairs and Public Policy group, the Academic Relations Manager will partner with academic institutions, think tanks and industry associations to help generate breakthrough academic research in areas important to Microsoft’s policy and business goals.


Responsibilities include: Assisting existing staff in building relationships directly with academic and other researchers to support research and teaching efforts; developing seminars, workshops, and faculty summits exposing academics to the policy dimensions of Microsoft technology and research; managing a research grant program; staying abreast of academic research across a range of technology and public policy topics including competition in network industries and antitrust, intellectual property rights, innovation and economic growth, network security and digital privacy, and driving new academic research in these areas; working with government affairs personnel, antitrust, patent and copyright attorneys, in the U.S. and abroad; creating partnerships with universities on public policy issues including technology transfer and IPR policies; partnering with Microsoft Research to enhance overall management of the company’s university relations and to provide information on research trends in public policy topics.


Qualifications include: J.D., LL.M., or PhD in economics, law and economics or public policy and minimum of five years experience in economics, public policy or a related field; experience should include research in an applied setting (a university, think tank, government agency or private sector) in areas such as competition and antitrust, IPR, innovation and economic growth, network security and digital privacy. The successful candidate will be able to engage at a sophisticated level with academics and advocate viewpoints on these and other topics. Other requirements include strong project management skills, a demonstrated ability to work with loosely affiliated groups and individuals; an appreciation for the academic research process and understanding of how academic research plays a strategic role in shaping government policy; ability to understand a variety of technologies and to apply legal and policy principles to evolving situations; working knowledge of Microsoft products and services.