Patent search analyst – chemistry, biochemistry or molecular biology

Sciences outside the lab: Join the brilliant minds protecting the world’s brightest ideas

If you’re inspired by brilliant thinking, come and work with our team of intellectual property (IP) experts and help protect and grow some of the world’s most exciting ideas and innovations.

Right now, our Auckland patent team has a fulltime, permanent opportunity for a person with a natural aptitude for understanding and working with scientific and technical subject matter. In this technical patent search analyst role, you'll be comfortable with chemistry, biochemistry, and/or molecular biology.

Who are we?

AJ Park is recognised as having one of the top specialist teams of IP experts in the world. Our clients range from start-ups and small to medium enterprises, to publicly listed multinationals, government and research institutes across 130 countries.

What makes a good patent search analyst?

  • A strong technical background.
  • An interest in and enthusiasm for science and technology.
  • Excellent communication and lateral thinking skills.
  • A good eye for detail and the ability to manage multiple deadlines.

The focus of the role is technical searching of online patent databases to identify relevant publications, and reporting search results. This involves working with search tools provided by databases and search engines, and using Boolean keyword searching. As you progress, you'll develop an awareness of state-of-the-art patent searching and analysis tools. Good written and oral communication skills are essential for this role.  


  • A PhD or MSc in a chemistry or biotechnology discipline; organic chemistry expertise preferred.
  • We welcome applications from recent graduates, but we also encourage researchers who are looking to move out of the lab to apply.

You may be a recent graduate or partway through a postgraduate qualification and looking for a permanent full-time role where you can apply your technical expertise. If you have an eye for detail, the ability to conduct searching work, and an analytical and meticulous approach to your work, then this role in an IP firm may just be the career move for you.

You’ll join an acclaimed firm awarded ‘Specialist IP Firm of the Year’ in the New Zealand Law Awards and work alongside people who have received numerous accolades for their work.

AJ Park has an enviable reputation in the market and is a great place to work. We have a strong people-focused culture and have recently been named in NZ Lawyer’s inaugural Employer of Choice report listing the 25 top-ranking legal organisations in New Zealand in terms of overall employee experience. This report celebrates employers who go beyond industry standards to provide their people with a safe and engaging working environment and showcases firms leading the way with policies and initiatives that engage their staff. We were also a finalist in the ‘Employer of Choice’ category of the New Zealand Law Awards 2019.

If you’d like to work in a supportive team environment that places a strong emphasis on work/life balance, career development and growth, take this opportunity to join our award-winning team of IP specialists.  Please send your covering letter, CV and academic transcript to Sue Quinnell, Chief Human Resources Manager, at

You must currently have a legal right to work in New Zealand.

Date posted: 03/09/2020

Location: Auckland

Work type: Full time

Role type: Patent search analyst – chemistry, biochemistry or molecular biology