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Technology Portfolio Manager, The University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)


Job title: Technology Portfolio Manager

Location: Twin Cities

Empl Group: Acad Prof and Admin

Full-Time, Regular



  • At least 6 years of experience in research (e.g. academic or corporate lab experience), product development, product management, or as an application/technical specialist.
  • BS degree required in biological or physical sciences, engineering or technology (e.g. medical engineering, immunology, electrical engineering, or others).
  • Ability to demonstrate technical abilities that can span variety of disciplines.
  • Basic understanding of intellectual property, specifically the patenting process.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including comfort with public presentations.
  • Demonstrated experience explaining technical topics to a lay person and/or audience.
  • Excellent teamwork, collaboration and partnering skills.
  • Ability to plan work strategically, and identify and prioritize high potential opportunities.


  • Advanced degree (science or business) preferred.
  • Background or skills: materials, polymer chemistry, or biomedical engineering. Also potentially beneficial is some level of software/app/web development experience.
  • Understanding of the environment academic researcher/innovators work within including awareness of basic and translational research practices, processes, funding sources and research faculty interactions as conducted in academic research institutions.

About the Job

The Technology Portfolio Manager (TPM) will report to the Associate Director of Technology Development. This junior position will interface with invention disclosing UMN personnel (faculty, staff, and graduate students) as well as, in some instances and with support from a Technology Strategy Manager, industry sponsors interested in pre-competitive research. Key responsibilities for the TPAM will include encouraging, cultivating, assessing, and advancing a wide variety of inventions from the University of Minnesota.

Job Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Identify and motivate researchers to disclose University technologies to OTC.
  • Evaluate each technology’s development and market potential as well as likelihood of successful intellectual property protection (e.g. patent, copyright, and trademark).
  • Develop and justify intellectual property, marketing, and advancement/translation recommendations; communicate decisions back to faculty.
  • Support filing and prosecution of intellectual property.
  • Provide ongoing strategic and operational direction for individual technologies and overall technology portfolio.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with faculty researchers, deans, associate deans, department heads, and institute leaders.
  • Develop relationships with and connect researchers to groups and individuals that can provide resources or expertise to support technology translation: e.g. internal translational research funding groups and company contacts that can serve as ‘voice of the customer’.
  • Learn from and collaborate with colleagues on academic and University technology transfer best practices.
  • Work cooperatively with other University functions including: Other groups within OTC (licensing, venture center, finance, operations), Sponsored Projects Administration, and the Office of General Counsel.
  • Travel up to 10% of the time.

About the Department

At the Office for Technology Commercialization (OTC), we help University research move beyond the lab and into the marketplace. Our mission includes:

  • Connecting faculty with companies
  • Licensing technology for the development of new products and services that benefit the public good
  • Fostering economic growth
  • Generating revenue that supports the University’s research and education goals
  • Visit our site to learn more!

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please visit this site and enter job #325556. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Activities” page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

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Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.