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Licensing Associate, Physical Sciences
Rice University in Houston, Texas
Date Posted 03/29/2021
Faculty-Engineering-Other Engineering
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Technology Transfer
Full Time/Part Time
Requisition Number
Open Date
Close Date
Salary Information

$65,000 to $70,000 per year

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Benefits Eligible
Eligible for Overtime
Position Summary

The licensing associate will assist the director and other licensing professionals in the Office of Technology Transfer to bring university research into the commercial sector. This position will provide service to university faculty and evaluate, market, strategize, value and commercialize technology developed at the university.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: evaluating new technologies; strategic analysis of potential markets and barriers to commercialization; performing market research, developing marketing strategies and marketing technologies to companies; valuing technologies, performing due diligence and negotiating license agreements; working with patent counsel and faculty and student inventors to develop patent strategy and intellectual property strategy; managing license agreements once they are negotiated; negotiating various ancillary agreements such as confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, intellectual property options in industrial sponsored research agreements and inter-institutional agreements.

The ideal candidate has a Ph.D. in engineering or physical sciences.

Education Required
PhD or other Doctoral Degree

Engineering or physical sciences

Substitution for Education Requirement
Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.
Education Preferred

Ph.D. in engineering or physical sciences

Experience Required
1 year
Type of Experience

Related experience in technology transfer, legal, science or business capacity which may include experience through co-op and/or internships

Substitution for Experience Requirement
Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.
Experience Preferred

Experience in academic technology transfer, licensing, technical sales, marketing/business

License/Certification Required
License/Certification Preferred

Certified Licensing Professional (CLP)

Skills Required
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Strong attention to details
  • Strong customer relationship skills
  • Strong computer skills including the use of the Microsoft Office Suite and database applications
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, take ownership and leadership of time-sensitive and complex tasks
Skills Preferred

Proven business abilities, excellent analytical, marketing, selling, organizational, negotiating and planning skills.

Internal / External Contacts

Internal: Contact with faculty, General Counsel, , graduate students, postdoctoral research associates, Technology transfer financial, docket and other support staff, research scientists, and university administrators

External: Contact with potential licensees, faculty and administrators from other universities, outside patent counsel, personnel from companies which represent potential licensees, national and local peer institutions, law firms, and private equity and venture capital firms

Physical Demands

Requires working at a computer for up to eight hours per day.

Working Conditions
  • Office setting
  • Weekend/evening work
  • Travel as needed
Essential Personnel

Position is not considered essential during a campus emergency.

Rice University Standard of Civility

Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

Security Sensitive

As defined under the Texas Education Code and Rice Policy No. 425, this position is security sensitive and employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please note that you must submit a writing sample of your choice in order to qualify for this opening. Please note that we will not accept a twice attached resume/ cover letter, a profile summary, a list of references or other materials in lieu of the writing sample.

Essential Functions
  • Evaluates the patentability of technologies in the area of physics, including, but not limited to, the fields of of nanomaterials, applied physics, and/or engineering
  • Determines the commercial value of university technologies; conducts strategic analysis of potential markets and barriers to commercialization for those technologies
  • Acts as a liaison between patent counsel and university inventors to develop short-term strategies for intellectual property protection for individual technologies, as well as long-term strategies for research portfolios
  • Negotiates and drafts inter-institutional agreements, standstill agreements, option agreements, patent reimbursement agreements, letter agreements, confidentiality agreements and material transfer agreements; assists in the negotiation of industrial sponsored research agreements
  • Acts as lead negotiator for license agreements with both industry partners and university spin-outs; drafts licenses to ensure the appropriate financial ROI for the university
  • Manages license agreements once negotiated and oversees licensee compliance in collaboration with OTT’s finance team
  • Assists with the management of the university’s patent portfolio; reviews patent-related correspondence; instructs patent counsel, as needed, to ensure appropriate patent coverage for university technologies
  • Performs all other duties as assigned
Additional Functions or Information

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample
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