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Senior Licensing Manager, College of Science and Tech Launch Arizona

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Senior Licensing Manager, College of Science and Tech Launch Arizona
Department Tech Transfer Arizona (9009)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The University of Arizona’s (UA) Tech Launch Arizona (TLA), working with the UA College of Science (COS), is seeking a self-motivated, outgoing individual with a scientific degree and experience in technology transfer and demonstrated ability to work independently for a Senior Licensing Manager (LM) position. This position will work primarily with COS faculty and is a joint report to the TLA Asst. VP and the COS Asst. Dean for External and Corporate Relations.

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 UA research and creative endeavors. TLA represents a prioritization and resource enhancement of the University’s technology commercialization efforts. The COS LM, working directly with faculty, staff, and students, will help to significantly expand the UA portfolio of COS intellectual property and realize the impact associated with important inventions and discoveries.

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 transfer in terms of purpose, intellectual property, process, and value of commercialization to the College, inventors, community, and Arizona;
  • Understand the research activities across COS departments (including Chem/BioChem, Physics, Geosciences, Biology, Psychology, and other life and physical sciences) and the potential of that research for intellectual property (IP) protection and impact through commercialization;
  • Foster relationships with COS faculty to make them aware of commercial potential for their research, both present and future;
  • Work independently to guide inventors through invention disclosures, NDAs, conflict of interest considerations associated with startups, and other interactions with TLA, including meaningful prior art searches and results;
  • Work with inventors to determine technology milestones, timelines for moving technology into a commercial product, and appropriate IP strategies;
  • Help to assess and prioritize inventions for TLA’s Asset Development funding;
  • Work with TLA marketing and business intelligence teams to identify potential licensees and contacts within those companies;
  • Work with researchers, TLA Intellectual Property Manager and team, and outside patent counsel to manage patent prosecution and other protection of inventions;
  • Negotiate various agreements, including licenses or options for intellectual property rights, and manage ongoing relationships with licensees;
  • Participate in outreach events to promote TLA, COS, and licensing opportunities;
  • Senior Licensing Managers are expected to carry a larger caseload, perform their duties with minimal supervision, and act as a mentor to newer members of the licensing staff;
  • Additional duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university, with major studies in chemistry, or other science related field;
  • General knowledge of intellectual property law, intellectual property evaluation, and contracts, especially as pertains to a university setting;
  • Experience working collaboratively with researchers or technical staff in intellectual property matters;
  • Experience as a 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 complex ideas and positions clearly and succinctly; and
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, peers, academics, and other professionals, including external agencies, with varied interests and perspectives.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a related field;
  • Experience in the chemical industry;
  • At least two years’ technology licensing, business development, contract negotiation, or commercial assessment experience, including the development, preparation, review, or execution of a wide range of business contracts;
  • Working knowledge of intellectual property, specifically patents.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week M-F 8AM-5PM
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22001
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 09/25/2017
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Linda Portillo

Open Date 08/24/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 09/06/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

Please provide contact information for a minimum of three professional references within your application.

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. 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 encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 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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  2. * Have you graduated from an accredited college or university, with major studies in chemistry, or other science related field?
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Required Documents
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