Intellectual Property & Commercialization Specialist
University of Alaska - Fairbanks, AK

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  • F = UAF
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University of Alaska Fairbanks


Fairbanks/Interior Region

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Business Customer Service Finance/Economics Information Technology Marketing/Outreach/Public Relations Research Development/Fundraising

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$2,113.60 biweekly/DOE

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University of Alaska Fairbanks - (907) 474-7700

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Job Posting Summary

The Intellectual Property and Commercialization Specialist (IPCS) will advise the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research (AVCR) on all issues related to intellectual property and technology transfer including, but not limited to: disclosures, licensing agreements, copyright issues, patents, non-disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, and export control management. This position is a critical component of the UAF research enterprise. The IPCS works with the OIPC Business Director Nickole Conley, the AVCR Dan White and General Counsel with respect to IP and Commercialization.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position.

The IPCS should have:
  • Expert knowledge of tech transfer and intellectual property issues
  • Expert ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data.
  • Ability to make complex decisions that involve many parties.
  • Strong communication and leadership skills; knowledge of UA and international IP law particularly as applied to higher education, UA and UAF policy, regulations, procedures, and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Knowledge of policies/issues affecting academic research. *Ability to identify potential sponsored research and licensing opportunities.
  • Ability to negotiate and draft contracts, licenses and secrecy agreements, letters of intent and options.
  • Ability to evaluate, project, market and license inventions effectively.
  • Ability to interpret and manage complex agreements. *Ability to build and execute program to help UAF researchers to understand how to identify and project technologies that have potential commercial value.
  • Ability to develop strong relationships using interpersonal, advocacy, motivational and communications skills creating a strong orientation toward teamwork.
  • Possess business acumen, managerial, negotiation, communication, organization and research skills, supervisory skills (IP attorneys and consultants), writing and contract management skills.
  • Ability to develop complex marketing strategies.
  • Strategic planning and project administration skills.
  • Effective public speaking, writing and teaching skills. *Knowledge of industry licensing practices, record keeping, and accounting skills.
  • Ability to apply judgment and taste in activities affecting UAF's image and reputation.
Typical education or training required for this position (including licenses).

Bachelor's degree in an appropriate field AND five years of relevant experience OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Length of time and type of experience required for this position.

Preferably five years in responsible, decision-making positions in private industry and/or research administration, as well as experience in marketing, contract negotiation/administration, financial management, and economic development activities.

Preferred knowledge, skills or abilities for this position.

Preference given to Masters degree or above, professional certifications in appropriate fields, etc.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for at least three (3) professional references (please include current and former supervisors)

If you have any difficulty applying for this position please call the UAKjobs help desk at 907-474-7584.

Special Conditions of Employment

Final offer of employment will be contingent upon successful background check.

Describe any other special skills/knowledge required for this position (e.g. additional training, heavy lifting or traveling).

Ability to create and evaluate business/marketing plans. Ability to deal with sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy within an academic setting. Ability to approach and work with government, legal, university and business professionals both within and outside Alaska. An in-depth understanding of public law relating to intellectual property, ethics, and export regulations is essential. Willingness to travel in and out of the state for training and professional development.


Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action : The University of Alaska is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the local Human Resources office.

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Job Duties


Evaluate intellectual property disclosures, identify promising technologies and potential commercial partners. Protect and market university technologies as appropriate. Negotiate complex licensing, secrecy and material transfer agreements. Monitor licensee performance; monitor and administer complex contracts. Design and implement group educational and outreach programs about university/government/industry intellectual property issues and ensure faculty and staff are aware of UAF's technology transfer program and their obligations under various agreements affecting their teaching and research activities. Advise and assist faculty and staff regarding intellectual property issues. Insure UAF's compliance with federal obligations related to intellectual property developed under federal sponsorship.

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