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Assistant/Associate Director, Licensing at the University of Pennsylvania


University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title

Assistant/Associate Director, Licensing

Job Profile Title

Assistant Director, Technology Licensing

Job Description Summary

Reporting to the Director of Licensing – Penn Dental Medicine, Penn Nursing, and School of Veterinary Medicine, this individual will lead the identification, evaluation, protection, marketing and licensing efforts for technologies with commercial potential from the Schools of Veterinary Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, Graduate School of Education, Annenberg School of Communication, Penn Law and other schools, as applicable.

Job Description


Develop strong working relationships with investigators in the aforementioned schools and support all activities associated with technology commercialization. Facilitate the establishment of research collaborations and alliances with industry. Negotiate option and license agreements for intellectual property and tangible materials with established and start-up companies, and manage company relationships post-agreement execution. Provide excellent customer and client service in all areas of effort and interaction.


Ph.D. required in a life science field, or equivalent doctoral degree, plus either 3-5 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience for the Assistant Director position or +5 years for the Associate Director position; understanding of research environment, preferably in higher education; excellent customer service skills; excellent oral and written communication skills.

Job Location – City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Provost’s Center

Pay Range

$72,837.00 – $138,391.00

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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