IP/Portfolio Management, Technology Transfer and Commercialization
4 Year Degree
The Office of Technology Transfer at Southern Illinois University System is seeking qualified applicants for a Technology Transfer Specialist position on the Carbondale Campus beginning in February or March of 2019. This is a continuing, Administrative/Professional position.
Authority and Responsibility: The Director of Technology Transfer will educate and train the employee with regard to the relationship of the technologies to the business practicalities and legal implications. The Director will supervise the tasks performed by the employee. The Technology Transfer Specialist will not have signature authority and should consult the Director of Technology Transfer, and as appropriate, the Associate Dean for Research, the Vice Chancellor of Research, the Associate Provost of Research and/or the Office of the General Counsel, on matters concerning contract approval. The Technology Transfer Specialist will have authority to make limited representations as it relates to institutional positions during negotiations of licenses, patent prosecution dispositions and others as previously approved by the Director of Technology Transfer.
Technology Analysis and Securement: 40%
Review technologies from the various campuses of the Southern Illinois University-System in any and all fields for the Director to assess their likelihood of having patentable merit and commercial value. Research prior art that would have an impact on a proposed invention by investigating published papers and reviewing issued patents and published pending patent applications.
Assess the marketability potential of a proposed technology and evaluate the cost/benefit of pursuing a proposed intellectual property strategy.
Advise researchers on needed data or studies for intellectual property advancement.
Search and identify prospective technology acquisition partners or research development partners. Work with outside counsel in providing communications relevant to patent prosecution matters and/or licensing matters.
Internal and External Outreach: 30%
Integrate when appropriate with local businesses and community groups on the Carbondale campus where the Office of Technology Transfer may benefit or assist the community.
Provide support for economic development initiatives in the regions for all campuses as it relates to university intellectual property enhancement.
Follow up with inventors on further development requirements/suggestions to improve their likelihood of obtaining patent protection and licensure.
Work with students in entrepreneurship programs and assist with innovation or business plan activities.
Lead the National Academy of Inventors program for the Carbondale campus.
Assist in the promotion of research collaboration opportunities for all SIU campuses. Assist with licensing and marketing activities as requested by the Director.
Technology Administration: 20%
Administer the policies and procedures that relate to intellectual property adopted by the SIU System. Assist with the event development and deployment of functions related to research on the campuses of SIU Carbondale, SIU School of Medicine and SIU Edwardsville.
Work with internal grant administrators that relate to compliance matters for intellectual property assets.
Promote and assist with the other internal awards based in Carbondale, Edwardsville and School of
Medicine campuses to incentivize commercialization for SIU discoveries
Assist with the training of personnel interning within the Office of Technology Transfer
Provide support and advice for committees or research administrators as it relates to intellectual property support.
Assist with material transfer agreements and confidential disclosure agreements when appropriate.
Assist with the education of faculty, staff and students on technology transfer and intellectual property.
Assist with other duties as assigned by the Director of OTT.
Travel to professional development conferences, various inter-campus visits and other travel will be expected but the travel should not exceed 10% of time/effort.
Working Conditions/Physical Demands: The physical demands of this work are generally limited to working on a computer and going to various meetings. Thus, light walking and working on a computer will entail most of the physical demands. On the rare occasion, some minor lifting is required to transport
display signs for exhibits and boxes for storage. Some driving will be required between campuses and other sites.
Application Deadline: November 30, 2018 or until filled.
Application Procedure: To apply, send letter of interest/cover letter; resume; and names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of five references to:
Attn: Search Committee Office of Technology Transfer Southern Illinois University 801 N. Rutledge St., Room 2041 P.O. Box 19616 Springfield, IL 62794-9616
SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.
Required Qualifications: A bachelor's degree in a Physical Science, Computer Science or Engineering related area, is required; an advanced degree is preferred. Excellent verbal and written communication skills to varied audiences will be required. A qualified candidate must be competent to explain new technologies and discoveries to prospective licensees and understand how those technologies meet the business objectives of 3rd party industry partners.
Desirable qualifications: A second degree or advanced degree or considerable work experience that reflects expertise in the computer science or electrical engineering field is strongly desirable. Business development experience is a preference. Some knowledge about the patent process is desirable, although not required.
Internal Number: PO-47
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SIU’s influence can be felt far beyond the locations of its great campuses. While it serves as an economic engine for southern Illinois, it more importantly is a quality institution of learning for the citizens of Illinois, the nation, and the world.
Chartered in 1869, Southern Illinois University, first known as Southern Illinois Normal University, opened its doors for instruction in Carbondale in 1874 in a one-building teacher training institution. In 1947, the name was changed to Southern Illinois University, reflecting the institution’s expanding academic mission.
The two institutions that constitute Southern Illinois University today - Southern Illinois University Carbondale, with a School of Medicine in Springfield and partnership in the University Center of Lake County, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, with a School of Dental Medicine in Alton and a Center in East St. Louis - reach not only from the Shawnee National Fores...t to the bluffs of the Mississippi River, but also through the flatlands of central Illinois to the shores of Lake Michigan.
With a total budget of approximately $897 million, the University employs more than 7,500 faculty, staff, and administrators who serve nearly 32,000 students. A modern and comprehensive post-secondary educational system, SIU offers a broad range of academic programs that lead to associate, baccalaureate, master's, specialist's, and doctoral and professional practice degrees in 32 fields including law, medicine, pharmacy, and dental medicine.