Manager, Technology Commercialization Tech Transfer Spec 2

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Hyde Park Campus


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Job Summary:

Develops and manages strong relationships with faculty. Identifies and develops inventions and software arising from University of Chicago research. Actively solicits and evaluates inventions for intellectual property protection and commercial potential. Prioritizes projects according to commercial opportunities and revenue requirements. Leads negotiations of associated licenses. Responsible for a diverse portfolio of technologies and works closely with a growing team of patent, contract, business development, and startup specialists to protect and license inventions to existing companies and startups. Develops strong relationships with inventors, legal counsel, prospective and current licensees, and Polsky Center colleagues to promote the mission of the Polsky Center. Mentors junior colleagues.


  • Promote the mission and business of the department through the development of strong relationships with inventors (mainly faculty members), legal counsel, prospective and actual licensees, and colleagues.
  • Screen inventions; evaluate and decide which inventions and software to pursue.
  • Manage the patent prosecution for selected inventions.
  • Develop and execute marketing plans for inventions and software.
  • Negotiate and execute licenses and other agreements, such as those involving confidentiality and material transfer, as well as those between institutions.
  • Provide continuous management of existing agreements for performance, compliance and payment of associated fees

  • Ability to build rapport and credibility with academic faculty
  • Knowledge of intellectual property management and contract negotiations
  • Proven ability to move technology towards the marketplace
  • Knowledge of documentation in support of patent applications
  • Project management skills
  • Knowledge of relevant federal, state and local laws and regulations
  • Ability to coordinate the work of others
  • Ability to train others
  • Analytical skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organizational skills
  • Computational skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Proficiency with computers

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and certifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, physical sciences, computation, or engineering required.
  • Advanced degree in biological sciences, physical sciences, computation, or engineering preferred.
  • A minimum of three years of academic or industry licensing experience required.
  • Experience coordinating the work of others required.
  • Experience in technology transfer at a university preferred.

Required Documents:

(NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.)
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Benefit Eligibility

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Depends on Qualification

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Job No:
Posted: 3/2/2018
Application Due: 5/1/2018
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