Technology Transfer Associate
SDSU Research Foundation - San Diego, CA

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Benefits Eligibility

Regular with benefits

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Advertised Salary

$50,000 - $55,000 DOE

Job Responsibilities

SDSU generates more than $120mm a year in research grants over all disciplines. The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) operates for the purpose of protecting and commercializing intellectual property developed by SDSU faculty and staff as required under the Bayh-Dole Act. The TTO provides expertise to all of campus for intellectual property issues while remaining focused on its goal of commercializing intellectual property. The Technology Transfer Associate's responsibilities will include: Assist faculty in disclosing new intellectual properties Input and manage intellectual property disclosures through an online database system (Wellspring) Evaluate new technologies by conducting strategic analysis of potential markets and barriers to commercialization Preliminary patentability searches Develop marketing strategies for disclosed technologies Seek contacts and set-up meetings to license IP Manage follow-up during the licensing process Valuing potential licenses Assisting with reviewing and drafting other types of agreements including material transfer, sponsored research, inter-institutional, and nondisclosure agreements as needed Liaise with industry, academia and other collaborators Work with SRA and faculty for sponsored research grant opportunities that leverage intellectual property Provide back-up on intellectual property issues and other TTO aspects when the Director is absent/unavailable.

Minimum Qualifications

An undergraduate degree, preferably in sciences or engineering. Work experience of at least three years that demonstrates the ability to understand technology and the path to commercialization. The ability to input data into a proprietary database and generate reports reliably.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Interact effectively with co-workers Understand and follow posted work rules and procedures Ability to relate well to others within the Technology Transfer Office environment Highly motivated self-starter, with a high energy level and strong interpersonal skills Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing Well organized, ability to meet deadlines, detail oriented; possess good judgment and common sense Demonstrate a high level of cross-cultural sensitivity An understanding of intellectual property especially patent prosecution A demonstrated track record of being able to market/sell into diverse hi-tech companies across a broad number of industries A strong ability to build rapport with faculty Detail oriented Ability to understand both sciences and engineering A desire to learn the complexities of patent, copyright and contract law Ability to conduct cold calling and/or provide talks at industry events Ability to travel as there will be limited travel, most being across the state.

Standard Requirements

This description incorporates the most typical duties performed. It is recognized that other related duties not specifically mentioned may also be performed. The ability to report to work on time; follow directions from a supervisor; interact effectively with co-workers; understand and follow posted work rules and procedures; accept constructive criticism; for managers and supervisory personnel to lead and manage others; and to maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner so that you get along with customers, clients, co-workers and management.

Preferred Education/Certifications

Gaduate degree in sciences/engineering.

Preferred Experience/Special Skills

Experience in technology transfer. Intellectual property expertise.

Working Conditions


Job Close Date Jobs close at 4pm PST


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Additional Instructions for Applicants

Certain SDSURF positions must undergo background and other screening, which may include criminal history, credit history, health examination, fingerprinting, or other screening criteria which the SDSURF determines necessary for business purposes. Where such requirements are known, they will be stated in the job posting. By accepting a position with SDSURF, you are agreeing to undergo such screenings at any time during your employment with SDSURF if it is determined necessary for business reasons.

Open-Restricted Quick Link This link is only used for: named in grant, transferring of projects from other institutions to SDSURF, or transfer of position from
University to Foundation. Job must be in the "Open-Restricted" status.

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