Licensing Associate or Senior Licensing Associate

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Vacancy TypeEHRA Non-FacultyIs Internal Transfer OnlyNoWorking TitleLicensing Associate or Senior Licensing AssociateSalary RangeAnticipated Hiring RangeStarting salary will be commensurate with education and experience and will be dependent upon the level of the position (Licensing Associate or Senior Licensing Associate).Position Number00103918Work ScheduleMonday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm with additional hours required as needed to meet deadlinesFull Time Equivalent (FTE)1.00Department060102 - Research - Office of Technology TransferDepartmentResearch - Office of Technology TransferJob City & StateRaleigh, NCPrimary Function of Organizational Unit

NC State University is a research powerhouse and a powerful economic engine for North Carolina. The Office of Research Commercialization (ORC) plays a crucial role in this by protecting and promoting University research discoveries and intellectual property, working with and guiding industry partners, and promoting the acceleration of startups. We’re driving economic growth by facilitating the commercialization of research discoveries.

We provide innovators with a wide range of programs and services to protect, market, and license intellectual property developed at NC State. Collaboration with NC State innovators and industry partners has led to the creation of more than 100 startups and 500 commercialized products that benefit society on a local, national, and global scale.

We work with industry partners to assess research for potential commercial success, seek partners who can benefit from new technology, and develop critical relationships that make the technology commercialization process work.

We provide university entrepreneurs with assistance and resources to launch startups and scale businesses based on university innovations.

Essential Job Duties

The Licensing Associate/Senior Licensing Associate position is focused on the University’s life sciences technology portfolio, and is primarily responsible for the development and maintenance of licensing, research, and business relationships between the University and its commercial partners. In addition, the position serves the research and education community of NC State and acts as a liaison between NC State and other agencies.

This position will report to the Director of Licensing. The person will review new invention disclosures, develop commercialization strategies, evaluate the need for and develop IP protection strategies, and negotiate contracts with industry including license agreements. The person will also maintain relationships with existing licensees and ensure that the contractual commercialization milestones are being met. This person will also interact with patent counsel, industry partners, and business development professionals. The person will interact with the Venture Development group within the Office of Research Commercialization in support of startup company formation.

Two candidates may be recruited at one time.

Other Work/Responsibilities

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education/Experience

Require post-baccalaureate credentials or a bachelor’s degree plus alternative or equivalent professional training and experience may be substituted for the advanced degree on an exceptional basis.

Departmental Required Skills

At the Licensing Associate Level:
-Requires post-baccalaureate credentials or a bachelor’s degree in science with three years of business development or research experience and/or an advanced degree in a scientific discipline and/or a professional degree.
-Has at least two or more years of experience working in the field of technology transfer within a university or company setting. Experience includes evaluating invention disclosures, developing IP strategies to protect inventions, marketing inventions, facilitating formation of startup companies, and negotiating & drafting license agreements or equivalent experience.
-Candidates must have outstanding writing and communication skills.
-Proven ability to build collaborative partnerships with leaders, campus partners, and external constituents.
-Proven negotiation and contract drafting skills.
-A good understanding of intellectual property (IP) laws and a proven track record of developing IP strategies to facilitate successful commercialization of early stage inventions/technologies.
-Proven marketing skills.
-Proven track record of negotiating, drafting, and executing deals.
-Must be coachable and possess a track record of professionalism and experience in multi-tasking and managing projects.

At the Senior Licensing Associate Level:
-Requires post-baccalaureate credentials or a bachelor’s degree in science with three years of business development or research experience and/or an advanced degree in a scientific discipline and/or a professional degree.
-Has at least three or more years of experience working in the field of technology transfer within a university or company setting. Experience includes evaluating invention disclosures, developing IP strategies to protect inventions, marketing inventions, facilitating formation of startup companies, and negotiating & drafting license agreements or equivalent experience.
-Candidates must have outstanding writing and communication skills.
-Proven ability to build collaborative partnerships with leaders, campus partners, and external constituents.
-Proven negotiation and contract drafting skills.
-A good understanding of intellectual property (IP) laws and a proven track record of developing IP strategies to facilitate successful commercialization of early stage inventions/technologies.
-Proven marketing skills.
-Proven track record of independently leading the negotiation, drafting, and executing high value deals.
-Proven track record of facilitating formation of startup companies with minimal supervision.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

At the Licensing Associate Level:
-Preferred candidate would be someone with an educational background with a Master Degree or PhD in Biomedical Engineering or Chemical & BioMolecular Engineering.
-Exceptional qualifications include proven past track record of negotiating, drafting, and executing license agreements.
-Prefer a highly motivated excellent communicator and team player.

At the Senior Licensing Associate Level:
-Preferred candidate would be someone with an educational background with a Master Degree or PhD in Biomedical Engineering or Chemical & BioMolecular Engineering.
-Exceptional qualifications include proven past track record of negotiating, drafting, and executing of high value license agreements, a proven past track record of facilitating startup company formation based on university owned IP, and proven past track record of negotiating and drafting complex IP agreements.
-Prefer a highly motivated excellent communicator and team player
- 3 years or above of experience in academic or industry technology transfer.

Required License or Certification

N/A

Special Instructions

Applicants should submit their resume, cover letter, and contact information of three professional references, including names, email addresses and phone numbers.

The hiring department will assess candidates during the interview process to determine the most appropriate level. Starting salary will be commensurate with level and the successful candidate’s education and experience.

Job Open Date09/01/2020Anticipated Closing DateOpen until filled.Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?NoProposed Hire Date10/01/2020AA/EOE

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at www.wes.org or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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