Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week. This is a time-limited position.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Office of Technology Management. This position is for the Danforth Campus.
The purpose of the technology transfer trainee position is to develop skills and provide an experience in the commercial development of research discoveries. Under the supervision of business development staff, the trainee handles straightforward, uncomplicated agreements for both patented and unpatented intellectual property (IP), evaluates university technologies for commercial potential and market technologies.
Primary duties and responsibilities include working with and assisting Technology Transfer Office staff in all activities required for transfer of technologies to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries, from initial invention disclosure to licensing.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Complete Technology Assessment and Commercial/Patent Reassessment on assigned invention disclosure within established OTM time frames. This assessment includes an evaluation of patentability and commercial opportunity. Make recommendations on appropriate IP protection (patent or copyright) and patent conversions.
Work with OTM mentor and legal counsel (internal/outside) to protect intellectual property either through patenting or other proper tactics for assigned portfolio. Work with OTM mentor and patent coordinator to review patent filing/prosecution decisions and communicate with outside law firms.
Develop marketing materials and website information on IP-protected cases. Market IP and establish contacts with potential licensees. Work with OTM mentor to manage IP portfolio and decisions on future license potential.
Negotiate key terms and execute simple license/material transfer agreements with licensees as directed by Business Development Directors or Business Development Associates.
Data entry relating to technologies and licensing activities of the business development directors and business development associates.
Other duties as assigned.
Advanced degree in the life science/biomedical/medical/engineering areas or equivalent work/education combined experience.
Some business experience in private industry or an individual with an MBA degree in his/her educational background is preferred.
Able to assess the potential for a nascent technology in the commercial arena.
Excellent communication skills and be able to prioritize and manage the assigned case load.
Exceptional and demonstrated ability to provide superior customer service to internal and external clients.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Usual administrative office working conditions. Ability to attend meetings at local on and off campus locations.
The hiring range for this position is $44,987 - $57,369 annually.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
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