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Technology Commercialization Professional, University of Notre Dame

July 18th, 2017 · No Comments · Job Listings (Expired)

University of Notre Dame

Technology Commercialization Professional

The University of Notre Dame ( is accepting applications for a Technology Commercialization Professional.

Applications will be accepted until 8/20/2017.

The Technology Commercialization Professional will work under the direction of the Director of Technology Commercialization in the IDEA Center. This position will promote adoption of University of Notre Dame technologies by performing technology assessments, market evaluations, and patentability analyses often for complex and multi-faceted commercial opportunities, and effectively engaging in negotiations that result in signed license agreements with startups and existing companies.

Specific responsibilities include:

Assess Technologies and Evaluate Markets:

  • Know and understand the criteria and requirements for marketing, managing and commercializing inventions and technologies
  • Conduct research and analysis to identify commercial applications and determine commercial potential within the various market applications
  • Identify potential partners and/or licensees and ways to position technologies in a competitive environment for their greatest commercial success

Support Marketing and Management Strategies for Technologies:

  • Prepare descriptions and marketing materials to fulfill marketing strategies
  • Draft terms and conditions documents for research collaboration and licensing technologies
  • Post technology descriptions and other marketing or promotional materials on the website and other media outlets for maximum marketing exposure.
  • Use personal networks and work with Manager of Network Engagement to identify and engage companies and individuals in commercialization discussions.

Evaluate Technologies for Patent Protection:

  • Know and understand complex issues surrounding the US patenting and copyright processes, rules and guidelines; hold and exercise sound working knowledge of the various elements of a patent
  • Evaluate intellectual property potential; conduct preliminary patent searches and patentability analyses
  • Discuss issues of patentability with the Office of General Counsel and outside patent counsel
  • Assist in various patent application documents and documentation, including provisional patent applications with exemplary claims.

License Technologies to Startups and Existing Companies:

  • Develop and conduct marketing campaigns to promote technologies to potential licensees
  • Develop licensing strategies for technologies, including proposed valuations and licensing terms for each of several market applications as appropriate
  • Effectively negotiate licensing terms with companies, both startups and existing companies
  • Know and understand the IDEA Center Commercialization Engine process and be able to work with multifunctional teams to identify, develop, and promote technologies with commercial potential

Maintain Operations:

  • Know and use commercialization database management system (Inteum)
  • Develop and manage program to employ graduate research assistants and interns for the purpose of evaluating technologies from the perspective of technical feasibility, competitive advantage, market opportunity, and legal protection.
  • Coordinate and work with IDEA Center staff to plan, structure and drive licensing support work

Sustain Compliance and Reporting:

  • Know and meet the regulatory compliance requirements imposed by the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 with respect to commercialization of intellectual property developed as a result of US Government sponsored research programs
  • Know and meet the intellectual property compliance requirements associated with the Patriot Act of 2001 with regard to the Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations and the Department of State’s International Trafficking in Arms Regulations
  • Understand, use and comply with the requirements for the US Government’s iEdison invention disclosure reporting system

About the IDEA Center

Standing for Innovation, De-Risking and Enterprise Acceleration, the IDEA Center is the fundamental resource for all commercialization and entrepreneurial activities at the University of Notre Dame. It will provide the necessary services and expertise for idea development, technology translation, business formation, entrepreneurial education, student entrepreneurial efforts and commercialization. It is designed to bring the best Notre Dame faculty, staff and student ideas and innovations to market.

The IDEA Center’s Mission

Unlock Discoveries. Fuel Genius. Advance the Common Good.

The IDEA Center’s Values

The IDEA Center incorporates the following values into every facet of its operations:

  • Transparency
  • Integrity
  • Relationships
  • Creativity
  • Fun
  • Failing-Forward
  • Thoroughness

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Bio-Engineering or related field, Life Science or related field
  • 3-5 years significant, related experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to foster collegial and cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff, and other University stakeholders
  • Ability to understand and explain the wide variety of research and instructional programs on-going at the University of Notre Dame
  • Ability to compose official correspondence in a professional manner
  • Ability to make public presentations and to interact with individuals, both internally and externally, at all levels of business, federal and state government, and academia
  • Ability to define complex problems, collect and analyze data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and act upon those conclusions
  • Ability to apply broad-based knowledge of the University’s structure and systems to commercialization efforts and operations
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Pleasant personality, positive outlook, willingness to foster and maintain a positive team oriented environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree preferred, especially in Bio-Engineering or Life Science related field
  • Experience in market research, technical analysis, technical writing, business development, and technology licensing.
  • Experience in IP (esp. patents) evaluation and comparison to identify FTO issues and develop alternate paths to commercialization



The University of Notre Dame, founded in 1842 by Rev. Edward F. Sorin, C.S.C., of the Congregation of Holy Cross, is an independent, national Catholic university located in Notre Dame, Ind. For the fifth consecutive year, the University of Notre Dame has received Honor Roll distinctions as one of the top 10 higher education workplaces in the country in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual “Great Colleges to Work For” survey…and we are proud of it!

The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and others that will enhance our community. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).


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