Position Number: 00103114
Primary Function of Organization Unit: The National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST), headquartered on NC State's Centennial Campus, is a joint effort between NC State and partner institutions Florida International University, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Virginia. The center, funded by an initial five-year $18.5 million grant from NSF, also includes five affiliated universities and about 30 industry partners in its global research consortium. The Industry and Innovation Program is central ASSIST's mission. The leader of this unit is be responsible for increasing the number of industry members, marketing the Center and its research to potential members and other audiences, creating and providing value to existing members, managing the Industrial Advisory Board, creating and managing innovation programs for Center students and faculty, managing the licensing and commercialization of Center developed intellectual property, coordinating industry conferences and events, and ensuring that students and faculty engage fruitfully with industry members.
Essential Job Duties: The Industrial Liaison Officer (ILO - working title) (Program Manager - position title) is directly responsible for two of the most important core activities of the ASSIST Engineering Research Center: Innovation and Industry Relations. Most importantly, the ILO has primary responsibility for managing all innovation activities: those that encourage the translation of ASSIST research into commercial use. To support this goal, the ILO will recruit industry members to ASSIST and ensure that they engage in a productive and mutually-rewarding manner with ASSIST researchers and leadership. Success in the two primary activities is also expected to result in ASSIST being perceived as a global leader in its main research thrusts, as the center of a community of practice with which industry members prefer to engage. This, in turn, will provide the basis for ASSIST's sustainability beyond NSF support. The ILO has to be successful at entrepreneurship and commercialization with companies ranging in a broad set of technical areas such as energy harvesting, energy storage, ultra low power computation and communication, ultra low power sensors, wearable packaging, medical and environmental applications and user experience. Duties and Responsibilities: * Managing all ASSIST communications with industry members and serving as main point of contact for center. * Report on program status to the Industrial Advisory Board monthly. Serve as the ASSIST delegate to the NSF ILO Working Group and participate in its meetings. * Consulting with ASSIST faculty and students on patent potential and commercialization of current and future research assets. * Conducting market research and developing outreach campaigns to attract and engage industry partners. Identifying and developing external contacts for commercialization of research. * Serving as a point of contact for industry partners interested in the ASSIST. Working closely with the NCSU Office of Technology Transfer to manage the commercialization of assets. The ILO needs to work to find companies interested in licensing the inventions. If there are no interested member companies, the ILO can go outside the Center. * Bringing in entrepreneurs and investors to talk with employees and students. The ILO should support education activities as needed. Examples include industry luncheons, skills training, workshops, etc. * Consulting with ASSIST faculty and students on NCSU-specific and general processes and policies for intellectual property protection and licensing. * Attending and presenting, at industry meetings and conferences to grow and develop relationships with industry. * Develop information systems that track the Industry and Innovation program's key success indicators. * Networking with state and local economic development associations.
Minimum Education/Experience: * Master of Science in a engineering, marketing or related field (e.g. Master of Business Administration). * Two or more years of experience with technology development and commercialization, licensing, business development and marketing in engineering or relevant fields. * Thorough understanding and demonstrable experience in intellectual property protection and industry engagement.
Department Required Skills: * Excellent communication skills, including the proven ability to present written and oral materials in a concise and professional manner. * A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. * The ILO has to be successful at entrepreneurship and commercialization with companies ranging in a broad set of technical areas such as energy harvesting, energy storage, ultra low power computation and communication, ultra low power sensors, wearable packaging, medical and environmental applications and user experience.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: * Five or more years of professional experience in business development and marketing in engineering, biomedical sciences or relevant fields.
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: N/A
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