Licensing Director for Engineering (University Staff Professional 1)

University of Connecticut
Storrs Campus
Closing date
Jul 31, 2021

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Search #: 495331
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Research


The Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Connecticut is seeking an energetic and experienced scientific R&D professional to join our Technology Commercialization Services enterprise. Working as part of a technology-focused team within the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) the Licensing Director for Engineering will be responsible for managing the evaluation, patenting, marketing of technologies, and licensing of physical sciences and engineering portfolio of university inventions. This includes providing support to startup companies affiliated with the University.

The Licensing Director for Engineering must be an energetic professional with an established record and experience, someone who is accessible, responsive, and fosters collaboration in a dynamic organizational culture to facilitate the translation of science and research to market.


  • Familiarize the faculty, staff, and students with technology transfer in terms of purpose, intellectual property process, and value of commercialization.
  • Evaluate invention disclosures received in the physical sciences and engineering for patentability and market potential.
  • Develop and execute invention-specific marketing plans, patent, and commercialization strategies to attract potential licensees.
  • License technologies to the industry through active marketing and be able to negotiate complex licensing deals
  • Meet with faculty and staff to aid in invention evaluations and to track the progress of continued research related to inventions.
  • Participate in team-based review meetings for decisions on patenting and commercialization of inventions and present inventions for review as needed.
  • Work with internal patent group and assist with patent prosecution for inventions.
  • Negotiate options, licenses, letters of intent, term sheets, confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, inter-institutional agreements, etc.
  • Participate in discussions and provide advice to support decisions pertaining to the formation of university start-up companies.
  • Establish strong relationships with relevant industry executives, investors, entrepreneurs, and researchers in Connecticut, the region, and beyond.
  • Help develop and support programs devised to aid in the creation of startup companies by faculty and students. May have access to information used in collective bargaining.
  • Engage in building academic-industry relationships
  • Work with other members of the OVPR to achieve the Office’s overall goals.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

  • A master's degree in the physical sciences, engineering, or area of discipline appropriate to the role.
  • At least three (3) years of industry experience which may include a combination experience in marketing, product development, technology development, technology transfer and licensing, and/or research with the demonstrated ability to be entrepreneurial, identify and make effective contacts with industry resulting in partnerships, collaborations or business relationships.
  • Must be a self-starter with strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to distill and articulate technical concepts in order to communicate effectively with both university scientists and industry representatives across a broad range of technologies.
  • Must have a demonstrated ability to understand the industrial relevance of early-stage inventions.
  • Ability to set priorities and work within targeted time frames and meet deadlines.

  • A doctoral degree in the physical sciences or engineering with some preference for those with expertise in software protection and commercialization.
  • Five (5) or more years of experience as outlined in Minimum Qualification #2.
  • A combination of business and academic/R&D experience in engineering or physical sciences.
  • Knowledge of intellectual property protection and patenting; especially of software-related technologies.
  • Knowledge of the formation of equity-based ventures and intellectual property issues.
  • Experience working in an academic environment and ability to interact well with faculty.

    This is a full-time, 12-month position with an excellent benefits package including medical and retirement, as well as employee and dependent tuition waivers at the University of Connecticut. In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, employees are currently telecommuting until further notice. Upon approval to return to campus, employees will be duly based in the Storrs and Farmington (UConn Health) campuses.


    Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #495331 to upload a resume, cover letter, that illustrate how applicants (1) satisfy the education and experience requirements, and (2) effectively demonstrate how the qualifications required for the position are satisfied and contact information for three (3) professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately.

    Employment of successful candidates will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

    This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on July 31, 2021.

    All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

    The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

    Advertised: Jul 01 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Jul 31 2021 Eastern Daylight Time


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