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Associate Commercialization Manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


REQ #3875

Hybrid, based in Richland, WA

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

We’re looking for an Associate Commercialization Manager to join our Technology Deployment and Outreach (TDO) team. In this role, you will work closely with scientists and engineers in fields spanning energy, biotechnology, advanced materials, data analytics, national security and advanced computing — and then set the strategy to transfer that intellectual property to industry. Many of these researchers are internationally recognized for developing cutting-edge technologies in their respective fields. In partnership with our Senior Commercialization Managers, you will have responsibility for a portfolio of high-impact intellectual property assets. The successful candidate will work with researchers and management within assigned portfolio organizations to identify, assess, capture, and license technologies having commercial potential. This position contributes directly to PNNL’s financial performance through the identification and valuation of intellectual property and successful negotiation of licensing intellectual property. We are seeking someone with demonstrated experience working in or with private sector product development/marketing functions and with expertise in relevant technology fields energy, biotechnology, advanced materials, data analytics, national security or advanced computing. Requires basic understanding of contracting, business operations, intellectual property, marketing and technology valuation. Minimal prior technology transfer experience preferred.

  • Relying on your professional technical and/or business expertise, you will develop the full range of technology for commercialization in a way that contributes to TDO’s performance goals. Elements of this activity include: developing, maintaining, and sustaining working relationships with PNNL researchers and leadership; identifying research programs with the potential of resulting in technologies that can serve as the basis for future intellectual property; and identifying licensing partners and structuring/negotiating licenses or other agreements.
  • You will serve as internal liaison for designated laboratory research organizations on intellectual property protection. Convey technology transfer information and advise research staff on principles of commercialization and technology transfer to develop well-informed PNNL researcher-inventors. You will collaborate with researchers and staff to evaluate invention disclosures, conduct prior art searches, recommend patenting strategies, develop commercialization plans, conduct market research and provide research mission support.  
  • The successful candidate will work with PNNL researchers to improve the probability of their projects resulting in protected intellectual property. You will oversee technology assets with mentorship and guidance from senior portfolio managers.  You will represent the Laboratory in licensing discussions and negotiations with guidance from TDO senior staff or management.
  • As an Associate Commercialization Manager, this position encompasses the full range of commercialization duties: working with researchers to identify technologies; identifying potential intellectual property; protecting that intellectual property; identifying potential commercial uses for the intellectual property; developing candidate licensee companies; and, negotiating/closing licensing agreements with appropriate partner companies. Oversight and mentorship will be provided by Senior Commercialization Managers.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree plus 6 years of experience; or
  • Advanced Degree plus 4 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in a technical/scientific organization or technology-based business.
  • Demonstrated experience working in or with private sector product development/marketing functions for related industries.
  • Direct work experience in a research and/or prototype deployment organization.
  • Experience in intellectual property management and/or patent prosecution
  • Demonstrated skill or formal training in negotiating agreements and program sales.

Position is open until filled.

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At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or ~3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.