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University of Massachusetts Amherst - Licensing Associate

Department: Technology Transfer Office
Locations: Amherst, MA

Type: Full-time

The Licensing Associate will work closely with investigators to solicit invention disclosures, to evaluate technologies for patentability and commercialization potential, and to perform market analyses of commercialization potentials. Under the supervision of the TTO Director, the Licensing Associate will initiate negotiations for licensing/option agreements and other related contracts.

•Bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science or physics plus 4 years of experience in the commercialization of technology; Master’s degree in one of these fields plus 2 years of experience. Ph.D. in engineering, computer science, or physics is preferred.
•Excellent oral and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
•The ability to interact effectively in both the academic and corporate cultures.Must be comfortable communicating with scientists, research sponsors, industry representatives and patent attorneys.
•The ability to work both independently and within a team environment, and to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
•Experience in drafting research reports preferred.
•Experience in drafting and negotiating various agreements involving intellectual property is desirable but not required.
•Knowledge of intellectual property law and licensing practices is desirable but not required.
•Must be a highly self-motivated professional with exceptional sales, marketing and negotiation abilities.
•Must be detail oriented and able to simultaneously manage numerous projects.
•Due to export control compliance reasons, candidates for this position must be qualified as a U.S. Person under the regulations [15 CFR Parts 730-774 & 22 CFR Parts 120-130].
Additional Information:

PSSAP Position Level 27. PSU Salary Schedule.pdf

The University offers an attractive benefits package.
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Please submit a letter of application describing relevant experience and a résumé. The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references will be required prior to interviews. To receive priority consideration, please submit your application materials by the priority date of May 12, 2017. Applications will be accepted after the priority date until the position has been filled.

On-campus applicants are defined as Amherst campus non-student employees.



This position will work in the Office of Intellectual Property & Commercial Ventures to protect and commercialize new inventions arising from research conducted at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, and to create and manage relationships with industry. Responsibilities will include evaluating invention disclosures, marketing intellectual property, negotiating agreements, and serving as a resource to faculty and staff regarding the patent and technology transfer process. In addition, this position will help to develop and establish office processes and procedures, and to manage special projects.


1. Evaluate invention disclosures by performing patent prior art searches, evaluating market potential and commercial viability.

2. Negotiate and draft routine and complex confidential disclosure, material transfer, license, and sponsored research agreements.

3. With the Director, lead in marketing the capabilities of the office to MEE faculty and staff, industry, and the investment community.

4. Prepare non-confidential technical summaries, and translate scientific language into terms appropriate for marketing pieces and business negotiation.

5. Develop and establish business relationships with the pharmaceutical, biotech, and investment community around MEE’s intellectual property, and research and clinical capabilities.

6. Interact and communicate with pharmaceutical companies.

7. Build and improve IPCV’s website, and MEE intellectual property marketing capabilities.

8. Advise and educate MEE faculty and staff regarding material transfer and confidential disclosure agreements, and the commercialization of research at MEE.

9. Other duties as directed or required.


• Bachelors required. Advanced degree preferred or combination of education and experience.
• Five or more years’ experience in technology licensing or business development in a commercial and/or academic organization.
• Experienced in negotiating and drafting licenses, sponsored research, material transfer, and non-disclosure agreements.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to work independently.
• Demonstrated ability to work closely with university faculty and staff, industry representatives, and patent attorneys.
• Excellent organization and time-management skills with the ability to multi-task and follow through to completion.

Apply online at*91A56133678F226D

Technology Transfer Specialist, Mass. Eye and Ear

The Technology Transfer Specialist works directly with the IPCV Director and team to manage the Massachusetts Eye and Ear intellectual property portfolio, which includes invention disclosures, pending applications, and issued patents. This position is responsible for receipt of Invention Disclosures, patent database management, and federal grant reporting per Bayh-Dole requirements. The position is also responsible for recording legal and recoverable expenses, invoicing for license payments, and distribution of licensing royalties.

1. Maintain the intellectual property, agreement, and financial database.

2. Build reports using this database for the IPCV and other Massachusetts Eye and Ear departments.

3. Report inventions to the federal government, foundations, and other grant-awarding entities.

4. Process and file patent correspondence and communicate with outside patent counsel.

5. Administer the material transfer agreement process: review MTA request forms, draft agreements, communicate with external parties, finalize agreements, and coordinate signatures.

6. Responsible for Licensing Royalty Distribution, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable.

7. Monitor third-party agreement obligations.

8. Manage the IPCV website.

9. Other duties as required.

Bachelor’s degree preferred. Experience working with intellectual property preferred. Experience using PeopleSoft preferred.

Apply online at*E830543F2CF5198D

FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR, Office of Technology Development, Boston University

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Administration & Finance, the Financial Administrator manages the day to-day flow of royalty income, royalty distributions, invoicing for patent costs, and patent cost reimbursements, including organization and coordination with various University departments, law firms, and inventors to ensure accuracy. Manages database of patent actions, including patent expense and reimbursements. Work closely with the Director of Intellectual Property and Licensing to ensure that licensees are billed accurately for patent expenses, and is responsible for monitoring accounts receivable, including the collection of past due accounts, as well as determining any special payment or reimbursement arrangements. The Financial Administrator reconciles the patent and royalty income and expense to internal reports, database and SAP to ensure accuracy, and resolves any errors.

Assigns and supervises students providing administrative support to these financial processes. Handles special projects as assigned, as well as general administrative duties.

Required Skills

1-3 years of experience required. Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Job Location
Boston , Massachusetts, United States
Position Type

Grade 72

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DIRECTOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, Office of Technology Development, Boston University

Job Description

Encourage members of the BU Community to commercialize their ideas by providing rapid feedback on improvement strategies and a strategy for successful commercialization. Educate members of the BU community about the commercialization process through one-on-one meetings, presentations, and connections to external experts. Enable members of the BU Community to commercialize their ideas by connecting them to the resources necessary to be successful (e.g., mentors, funding, business champions, conferences, etc.). Create and manage an external expert company and startup network that can be called upon for support and manage student Analysts as needed. Publicize discoveries from the BU Community through a variety of channels (websites, blogs, twitter, news articles, events, blast e- mails, targeted marketing, etc.). Draft, negotiate, execute, and monitor appropriate agreements including CDAs, Options, and Term Sheets. Requirements B.A./B.S., Masters degree and at least eight years of experience in the field of physical sciences.

Required Skills

At least 8 years of experience and a Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree Preferred.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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