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Licensing Associate, Venture Partners CU Boulder

April 16th, 2019 · No Comments · Job Listings (Expired)


Venture Partners CU Boulder is looking for a collaborative team member with a passion for early technology innovations.  The Licensing Associate is responsible for managing innovations and their intellectual property, and is central figure in the CU Boulder entrepreneurial ecosystem.  The contributions of the Licensing Associate are integral to Venture Partners’ mission to translate research innovation into commercial impact.

The Licensing Associate will report to the Director of Licensing at Venture Partners.  

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.

Venture Partners at CU Boulder is a key catalyst for innovation.  Venture Partners’ 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.

CU 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

  • Manage a portfolio of inventions in the areas of materials science, chemistry, and chemical engineering.
  • Build strong relationships with faculty, graduate students and post-doctoral inventors.
  • Solicit and assess early inventions, including analysis of the potential value proposition, intellectual property (IP), and technology readiness.
  • Execute IP strategies for the protection, prosecution, and enforcement of patent and other IP rights within a portfolio.  Liaise with and advise the CU Boulder contracts and grants unit to ensure IP strategies align with IP terms in sponsored research contracts.
  • Interface closely with Venture Partners’ internal roles and resources for advancing innovations.  Prioritize portfolio assets and make optimal referrals to resources for inventor education, mentorship, funding, licensee identification, and startup formation.  
  • Provide portfolio expertise for ecosystem partners such as accelerators, incubators, and investors.
  • Draft, negotiate, and manage a variety of IP agreements, including options, licenses, and joint-owner management plans.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.


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 chemistry, materials science, or chemical engineering from an accredited institution.
  • At least 3 years of experience in technology and IP management.

What You Will Need

  • A creative and entrepreneurial mindset
  • An eye for identifying the needs of early-stage innovations, and the tenacity to pursue the right connections for those needs
  • Impeccable professionalism, communication, and relational maturity in all interactions with faculty and business leaders
  • An affinity for working within a team matrix
  • Excellent organization and attention to detail for a large portfolio and high deal volume
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural, political and geographical differences, with ability to work well with faculty, staff and students from around the world. 

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Graduate degree in chemistry, materials science, or chemical engineering, and/or advanced professional degree, such as an MBA or JD.
  • Experience managing a large portfolio of inventions and their IP, especially patents and copyright.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead the negotiation and execution of IP agreements.
  • Startup and/or corporate experience.

Applications Materials Instructions:

To apply, please submit the following materials to this posting at    Requisition No: 17340.  Application materials will not be accepted via email. 

  1. A current resume
  2. A COVER LETTER that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position. MOST PARTICULARLY, please tell us how your three-plus years of professional experience will position you to commercialize early stage innovations developed at CU Boulder.

Please combine materials into one document and upload as titled: First-Last-Resume-15731.

Please do not upload references at this time.

Please apply by April 22, 2019 for consideration.


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