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Visiting Engineering Technology Commercialization Fellow ~ University of Illinois System

August 4th, 2020 · No Comments · Job Listings (Expired)

Visiting Engineering Technology Commercialization Fellow

Office of Technology Management

University of Illinois System – Chicago

The University System Office seeks a Visiting Engineering Technology Commercialization Fellow to join the Office of Technology Management. This fellowship opportunity combines engineering, science, legal and business training toward a new career in technology commercialization and marketing. The appointment is for one calendar year and may be renewable for a second year.

The UIC OTM mission is to encourage innovation, enhance research, and facilitate economic development through the transfer of intellectual property. OTM is responsible for marketing, negotiating agreements, promoting the research and development of UIC intellectual property, and the patenting and licensing of UIC technologies. The experience of an OTM Technology Commercialization Fellowship should prepare the Fellow for business development and investment positions within industry, financial entities, or non-profits – as well as university, industry, or government technology transfer offices. Additional responsibilities include:


  1. Perform literature and related art searches for new technology disclosures.
  2. Perform preliminary market and industry analysis for the applications of new technologies.
  3. Conduct thorough market research of emerging technologies including market potential, size, competition, and trends.
  4. Conduct interviews with inventors to clarify technology disclosure details including market applications, stage of development, future interest in development, and potential licensees.
  5. Develop creative and descriptive marketing materials to attract licensees or commercial partners, and generate leads for technologies; create lists of potential licensees and their contact information.
  6. Develop and present technology screening reports to OTM staff, faculty or others in review sessions and meetings.
  7. Provide subject matter expertise advice to the office on core competencies for incumbents with engineering/physical sciences or professional experience.
  8. Travel to regional meetings/conferences for technology marketing and partnership lead generation and professional development.


Candidates must possess an advanced degree in engineering and/or physical sciences, such as Chemical, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or related physical science education with a minimum of 6 months relevant experience. Other requirements include: excellent analytical, writing and speaking skills; experience and/or background in the engineering or physical sciences or demonstrate equivalent relevant skills.

Preferred qualifications include: previous employment in engineering companies, law, business, venture capital or equity; patent law and/or MBA or other business training (e.g. coursework or internship); internship experience in consulting companies, Venture Capital or equity firms or analytics intensive jobs; PhD, JD with engineering or physical science background, MBA with Doctorate in relevant science.

This is a full-time, 12-month Academic Professional position. For full consideration, candidates must apply and submit a letter of application, resume, and names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references by August 25, 2020 at

The System Office conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer of employment. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

System Human Resource Services
(312) 996-5130

The System Office is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a community of excellence, equity and diversity. The System Offices welcome applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual minority groups and other candidates who will lead and contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives.

Close Date: 08/25/2020


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