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Technology Manager at MSU Technologies



As part of the Michigan State University Innovation Center, Michigan State University Technologies (MSUT) commercializes academic discoveries and inventions created as a result of MSU’s $600M research enterprise. 

The MSU Innovation Center is an initiative partnering MSUT with Spartan Innovations, which launches start-ups based on MSU technology and Business-CONNECT, the university’s corporate engagement office.  Under the current leadership, the commercialization enterprise at MSU has grown with invention disclosures up 50% while licenses and revenue have doubled over the past four years.

MSU was recently named the first innovation hub in the state of Michigan and received $3.5 million in funding to support the acceleration of technology transfer from Michigan’s higher education institutions, nonprofit research centers, and hospital systems.

MSU’s goal is to move technologies from the lab to the marketplace to improve lives and communities locally, regionally, and around the world.

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The Technology Manager manages all aspects of screening, protecting, marketing technologies and negotiation of license agreements for a large, diverse portfolio of technologies.  Two positions are being filled: one in life sciences and one in software /copyright.  MSU’s broad copyright policy assures that MSUT actively licenses a wide variety of materials including film, media, and educational materials, in addition to software and smartphone apps.  Both positions will be working with a wide range of technologies.

Technology Managers at MSUT enjoy access to over $750,000 per year of internal funds to support translational research that advance and de-risk university technologies.

MSUT is ideally located across the street from the heart of Michigan State University in downtown East Lansing, a vibrant Big Ten college town.

The Successful Candidate Will:

  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Have the proven ability to manage/coordinate multiple tasks and work successfully with academic scholars, entrepreneurs, industry executives, and staff.
  • Create partnerships that link university, state and industry resources to address technology and economic development needs.
  • Ensure faculty is provided guidance and information on the University policies as they relate to intellectual property including patent, trademark and copyright requirements, the processes and procedures that are involved in the seeking and obtaining patent protection for inventions, and in the marketing and licensing of University technologies.
  • Serve as an expert on all aspects of technology licensing.
  • Be comfortable with ambiguity and organizational change in an area that is continually evolving in processes and systems.
  • Have the ability to deal with technical and business issues with equal skill.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in a life science or software engineering discipline and 3-5 years of experience in the management, development, and/or commercialization of intellectual property. Advanced degree (MS or PhD) in a relevant life science or software engineering technical discipline is preferred
  • Experience and knowledge working with a wide range of technologies.
  • Experience and knowledge in commercialization including market analysis, negotiation, technology evaluation, deal structuring.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and ability to communicate effectively while meeting the needs of a wide range of researchers, staff and stakeholders including those within the University community, the East Lansing business community, as well as state and federal government.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills and attention to detail required.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and customer service skills even during times of high stress.
  • Ability to think and plan strategically while managing multiple tasks.
  • Skill in working with a wide variety of industry professionals in a positive manner.
  • Ability to effectively cause and facilitate change in an environment where opportunities and priorities may evolve rapidly.
  • Dependable problem solving and conflict resolution capabilities.


Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Interested candidates should send their resume to:

The Vortechs Group                        
5439 Red Bank Road · Galena, OH 43021
Katie Kittle at

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