Licensing Associate, Tech Launch Arizona-UAHS

Tucson, AZ
Apr 09, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



Tech Transfer Arizona

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The University of Arizona's (UArizona) Tech Launch Arizona (TLA), working with the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS), is seeking a self-motivated, outgoing individual with a scientific degree and experience in technology transfer. This position will work primarily with UAHS faculty including College of Medicine- Tucson and Phoenix, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health, and reports to the Director of Licensing.
TLA is the University of Arizona unit with the primary mission of ensuring greater cohesion among University researchers, the business community, and organizations supporting technology commercialization to significantly enhance the impact of UArizona research and creative endeavors. TLA represents a prioritization and resource enhancement of the University's technology commercialization efforts. The UAHS Licensing Associate (LA) (Technology Transfer Professional I) working directly with faculty, researchers, staff, and students, will help to significantly expand the UArizona portfolio of UAHS intellectual property and realize the impact associated with important inventions and discoveries.
Tech Launch Arizona is also recruiting for a Licensing Manager (req4836). Please note the education minimum requirements when applying.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

· Familiarize the faculty, staff, and students with technology transferin terms of purpose, intellectual property, process, and value ofcommercialization to the College, inventors, community, and Arizona;
· Understand the research activities across the colleges within UAHS(College of Medicine Tucson and Phoenix, Pharmacy, Public Health and Nursing)and the potential of that research for intellectual property (IP) protectionand impact through commercialization;
· Foster relationships with UAHS faculty to make them aware ofcommercial potential for their research, both present and future;
· Work to guide inventors through invention disclosures, NDAs, conflictof interest considerations associated with startups, and other interactionswith TLA, including meaningful prior art searches and results;
· Work with inventors to determine technology milestones, timelines formoving technology into a commercial product, and appropriate IP strategies, andhelp to assess and prioritize inventions for TLA's Asset Development funding;
· Work with TLA marketing and market research teams to identifypotential licensees and contacts within those companies;
· Work independently with researchers, TLA Intellectual Property Managerand team, and outside patent counsel to manage patent prosecution and otherprotection of inventions;
· Negotiate various agreements, including licenses or options forintellectual property rights, and manage ongoing relationships with licensees;Participate in outreach events to promote TLA, UAHS, and licensingopportunities; and
· Additionalduties may be assigned.

· General knowledge of intellectual property law, intellectual propertyevaluation, and contracts, especially as pertains to a university setting;Experience working collaboratively with researchers or technical staff inintellectual property matters;
· Strong team player who seeks, and uses effectively,instruction and advice from professional colleagues;
· Strong business ethics and service orientation;
· Superior communication skills, both oral and written;
· Multi-faceted negotiation skills with the ability to express complexideas and positions clearly and succinctly; and
· Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships withmanagement, peers, academics, and other professionals, including externalagencies, with varied interests and perspectives.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required, with major studies in the biological sciences, or other science related field;
• Up to 1 year of relevant work experience is typically required in technology licensing, business development, contract negotiation, or commercial assessment experience, including the development, preparation, review, or execution of a wide range of business contracts.

• Federal regulations require that the incumbent be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to be ITAR/EAR compliant.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Over 1 year of relevant work experience in technology licensing, business development, contract negotiation, or commercial assessment experience, including the development, preparation, review, or execution of a wide range of business contracts;
• Experience working on intellectual property, specifically patents.



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:


Job FTE:


Work Calendar:


Job Category:

University Advancement

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:

Technology Transfer

Job Function:

University Advancement

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:

Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Linda Portillo
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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