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Senior Physical Science Licensing Manager and Senior Life Science Licensing Manager at the University of South Florida



USF Research & Innovation

Over the past 10 years, the University of South Florida (USF) has transitioned into a major research institution. Today, USF is one of only 40 public research universities nationwide with very high research activity that is designated as community engaged by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Researchers at the university are advancing the frontiers of medicine, science, engineering and the arts. The university is a leader in the treatment of brain disease, veterans’ reintegration, sustainability, infectious disease and photovoltaic technologies — using cells to transfer energy from sunlight. The USF Pediatric Epidemiology Center, the data and technology coordinating hub for nearly every major Type 1 diabetes clinical trial worldwide, has become the epicenter for global juvenile diabetes research.

Research expenditures are more than $500 million, putting USF among the top 50 universities in the nation, public or private, for research expenditures.

The USF Research Park, located on the Tampa campus, links researchers to businesses in need of research partnerships. The park is home to a network of innovation-based companies, research, government resources and business development tools.

At USF, research is a creative and ongoing collaboration between faculty and student researchers, administrative staff, business and academic partners, and the community. The result is an ever-stronger national research university that opens minds, creates knowledge, brings innovation into the marketplace and changes lives.

Points of Pride

USF Research and Innovation is proud of its accomplishments.  Selected points of pride include the following (See them all at here):

  • USF ranks 29th in the nation among public universities, for total research expenditures by the National Science Foundation (2016).
  • USF ranks 46th in the U.S. for total research expenditures, among all U.S. universities, public or private, by the National Science Foundation (2016). This places USF in the top 7% among the 640 universities ranked (FY2016, most recent available).
  • USF ranks 1st in Florida, 5th in the nation among public universities and 11th world-wide for granted U.S. patents among all universities according to the Intellectual Property Owners Association/NAI (2016), and has ranked in the Top 10 among public universities for U.S. patents granted for the past seven years (2010-2016).
  • USF’s innovation and economic development efforts generate more than $400 million in statewide impact each year, sustain more than 3,000 jobs and return more than $52 million in tax revenue to local, state and federal coffers, according to a 2016 analysis from the Washington Economics Group, a leading national firm. Some 80% of the jobs created by USF innovation statewide are in the Knowledge-Based Services Sector.
  • In 2017, USF had a record-breaking 125 new patents, along with 122 license/options and 10 new startup companies.
  • USF was ranked #19 among the “Best Universities for Technology Transfer, 2017” by the prestigious Milken Institute.
  • USF’s Tampa Bay Technology Incubator is currently home to more than 70 resident and affiliate companies and growing. Its current companies have created 207 jobs and received more than $91 million in total funding. It is the only tech business incubator in the region to support bio and life science companies with state-of-the-art wet labs. Over 55% of TBTI companies focus on bio & life sciences and nearly 50% are commercializing technologies developed by USF researchers.
  • USF has a robust new product pipeline with 67 products on the market; 12 USF technologies in human clinical trials, 9 in Phase II; and 36 products at preclinical, development and prototype stage.
  • USF’s Student Innovation Incubator, which was launched in 2013 at the request of students eager to start their own companies, has supported 109 student-led companies to date. 25 new companies are in the 2017-18 cohort.
  • Over the past three years, 25 USF I-Corps teams were selected to participate in the national NSF I-Corps program, placing USF at 1st in Florida and 3rd in the nation for the most national teams. In 2016 alone, eight USF I-Corps teams were selected to participate in the national NSF I-Corps program.
  • In accordance with the mission of bringing together private entrepreneurs and university researchers to foster collaboration and innovation, nearly 1,500 people work or learn in the USF Research Park. The Research Park received recognition as the Emerging Research Park of the Year in 2008, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Award of Distinction, IT Florida’s Excellence in New Business Recruitment Award and the Florida Economic Development Council’s Deal of the Year Award. With more than 112 acres on the north and south sides of Fowler Avenue, USFRP is directly adjacent to and a part of the University of South Florida community.


There are two new Senior Licensing Manager Positions available.

Each position will focus on identification, evaluation, protection, and commercialization of intellectual property that result from USF innovative research activities.  In order to capitalize on all research and development created within USF, the duties will be divided based on subject matter:  Senior Physical Sciences Licensing Manager and Senior Life Sciences Licensing Manager.

The Senior Licensing Manager works in a central Technology Transfer administration office and independently evaluates and manages the protection and best use of intellectual property for multiple assigned areas. The position will negotiate and draft complex legal documents such as licensing agreements, options, stock agreements, material agreements or confidential disclosure agreements. This is a senior level position that requires experience and proven ability to manage complex agreements and a significant caseload of technologies.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The duties will vary, based on the ongoing research at the University, but the most typical duties for the Licensing Manager positions include the following: 

  • Manage a technology docket caseload of significant size that covers a broad range of innovative technologies. Solicit the University community for new invention/copyright disclosures.
  • Evaluate and identify new technologies for the University’s intellectual property portfolio and manages the protection and perfections of IP in assigned areas.
  • Triage older disclosures and works directly with faculty to communicate the process and evaluation of disclosures and related intellectual property.
  • Reviews and approves marketing plans to identify licensing opportunities to  derive  revenue potential. Identifies targets for marketing campaigns.
  • Independently negotiate and draft licensing agreements, options,  stock  agreements that require an understanding of complex deal structures.
  • Assists with   special   projects   including   grant applications,  business   plans, promotional materials, conferences, and start-up initiatives as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM related field and relevant work experience in contract negotiation, business development, technology analysis or commercialization.  

Advanced degree in a STEM field, a PhD or JD, depending on the focus area may also be considered a benefit. 


Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should send resume, deal sheet/past deals negotiated, and salary expectations to:

Lisa Rooney
Partner, The Vortechs Group


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