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Business Development Associate – Technology Transfer, University of Colorado at Boulder


Business Development Associate – Technology Transfer

Department: Office of Technology Transfer

Requisition Number: 12225

Location:  Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:  University Staff

Schedule:  Full-Time

Posting Close Date:  20-Aug-2018

Job Summary

The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is now welcoming applications for a Business Development Associate which enhances the commercialization of university innovations by connecting innovative companies to university licensing opportunities. Under the guidance of the Assistant Vice Chancellor of the Technology Transfer Office, and working directly with a licensing team, the Business Development Associate builds industry awareness of university commercialization assets, and identifies new partnership opportunities.

Who We Are

As one of 34 U.S. public research institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—our goal at CU Boulder is to directly benefit the world through collaborative research, innovation and entrepreneurship.  Our faculty, staff and students work with the broader community to establish unique connections that have lasting outcomes—both across Colorado and around the world.  CU Boulder aspires to be the innovation university.

The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is a key catalyst for innovation.  TTO’s mission is to facilitate the transfer of breakthrough inventions from the University to society.  Our work is exciting, fast-paced, and multidisciplinary, bringing together the domains of business, science, and law.

The University of Colorado Boulder is situated in one of the most innovative communities in the country.  Boulder has been ranked by Forbes as the best city in America in which to start a business, and as the top city in America by Bloomberg’s Brain Concentration Index. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Build a network of technology scouts, business development contacts, and licensing professionals across technology-leader companies.
  • Interface closely with licensing staff to prioritize a pipeline of technologies needing marketing. 
  • Coordinate an electronic newsletter that features emerging innovations from CU Boulder.   
  • Manage participation within multiple online marketing platforms, such as TTO’s internal platform, IN-PART, and AUTM.  
  • Conduct market diligence to identify prospective partners for specific technologies.
  • Draft marketing materials that communicate technology value propositions, solicit feedback, and make license offers.
  • Directly market technology opportunities to select target companies, using a variety of channels that include email, phone, and in some cases in-person meetings.    
  • Conduct customer discovery and interviews for high-potential cases.
  • Track all company outreach efforts through CRM tools.  
  • Analyze conversion metrics to inform evolution of marketing practices.
  • Participate in educational and mentoring programs and events for faculty, inventors, and entrepreneurs. 
  • Assist with the daily operations of the Technology Transfer Office.

What We Can Offer

Anticipated starting salary is $72,500.00.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, or business or related. 
  • At least 2 years of experience in sales and/or marketing of innovative technology.

What You Will Need

  • Proficiency with digital marketing tools.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Training or experience with customer discovery.
  • Master’s in Business Administration. 
  • Three or more years in a technology marketing role, including multiple marketing outreach programs for research-based innovations.

Special Instructions

All applications must be submitted online at: