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DHHS/NIH/NCI Technology Transfer Center (TTC) Fellowships

 

The mission of the DHHS/NIH/NCI Technology Transfer Center (TTC) is to facilitate partnerships between external organizations and the research laboratories of the NCI and nine other NIH institutes and centers. The TTC has fellowship opportunities available to qualified candidates. These fellowships provide an opportunity to apply a science, legal or business background to a career in technology transfer, and/or create a new competency. DHHS/NIH/NCI are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Minimum Requirements

  • An advanced degree in the sciences, law, business, or public health.  All candidates must have a background in the sciences;
  • Have received most current degree within the last 8 years;
  • S. citizen or permanent resident (must hold green card) eligible for citizenship within 4 years;
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills.

Stipends

Stipends are determined by the level of education and number of years of experience post-graduation and technology transfer. Starting stipends for those with no experience are: Master’s degree $46,700; Ph.D. $61,400. Starting stipends are higher with relevant work experience in technology transfer and/or additional, applicable degrees. Stipends are paid monthly in arrears. Health benefits are provided. Annual stipend increases may be given on the Fellow’s anniversary date.

Apply Now

As of Sept. 15, 2022, TTC is actively seeking candidates for Negotiator fellowships. Applications for all Fellowship types are accepted on a rolling basis and positions are filled as they become available. See below for detailed information on all three Fellowship types.

To apply for an NCI TTC Fellowship, submit the following via email to Ruth Simpkins-Morst (ruth.simpkins@nih.gov):

  • Your resume or CV
  • A statement explaining why you are interested
  • Two letters of recommendation

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Technology Transfer Fellowship – Negotiator (Rockville or Frederick, MD offices)

The NCI TTC has fellowship opportunities available to qualified candidates in the fast-growing field of technology transfer. This fellowship provides the opportunity to apply a science, legal or business background with a new career in technology transfer. TTC is responsible for negotiating agreements, promoting research partnerships with NCI scientists, and the patenting and licensing of NCI technologies. This experience prepares the Fellow for technology transfer positions within universities, industry or the federal government. Applicants should indicate the office location(s) of interest in their application.

Candidate will be responsible for:

  • Drafting and negotiating Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) for NCI scientists and their industrial/academic research partners;
  • Drafting and negotiating licenses for NCI technologies;
  • Planning and negotiating Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Clinical Trial Agreements (CTAs) and other technology transfer agreements;
  • Managing patent prosecution of inventions and overseeing patent related issues for NCI scientists;
  • Developing technology transfer educational programs for scientists;
  • Working with TTC’s Technology Analysis and Marketing Unit, NCI researchers and outside parties to help foster commercialization of technologies and collaborative/partnering opportunities;
  • Other duties as pertaining to intellectual property management and technology transfer.

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Technology Transfer Fellowship — Business Development and Marketing (Rockville, MD Office)

TTC’s Technology Analysis and Marketing Unit (TAMU) is specifically dedicated to de-risking early-stage technologies and marketing (market analysis, outreach, education, communication) these opportunities to potential collaborators and licensees. This Fellowship within the TAMU prepares the Fellow for business development and marketing positions in industry and finance, as well technology transfer-related positions within universities or the federal government. This fellowship opportunity is designed to develop the unique skills associated with marketing a large patent portfolio within a TT office. These Fellowship positions will be stationed at the TTC office in Rockville, MD.

Candidate will be responsible for:

  • Working on and creating marketing strategies/campaigns and descriptive marketing advertisements to attract research partners, and generate contacts for technologies;
  • Developing comprehensive understanding of a portfolio in order to serve as a subject matter expert;
  • Advising Tech Transfer Managers and intramural researchers on technology development strategies;
  • Participating in competitive landscape and technology analysis of inventions for the Invention Development Program;
  • Participate in strategies to de-risk inventions available for out-licensing;
  • Monitoring responses to marketing campaigns and developing business relationships with company business development sources;
  • Serving as a liaison between the NCI and outside parties requesting information on partnering/licensing opportunities;
  • The candidate may be able to gain familiarity with other technology transfer and licensing duties.

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Technology Transfer Fellowship—Innovation (Rockville, MD Office)

Does the idea of guiding new discoveries and inventions from lab-to-market intrigue you? Are you motivated by using creative solutions to drive positive change? If so, TTC has a unique and exciting fellowship opportunity available to qualified candidates to play an active role in building new initiatives in the fast-growing field of technology transfer. This fellowship provides the opportunity to apply a science, legal, or business background to drive change within federal tech transfer. TTC is responsible for negotiating agreements, promoting research partnerships with NCI scientists, and the patenting and licensing of NCI technologies. In addition to supporting current TTC programs, the Fellow will learn to develop, test, and implement innovative ideas that have the potential to dramatically improve TT processes. This experience prepares the Fellow for technology transfer and innovation-related positions within universities, industry, and the federal government. This Fellowship position will be stationed at the TTC office in Rockville, MD.

Candidate will primarily be responsible for:

  • Contributing to support TTC programs, including the Technology Transfer Ambassadors Program (TTAP), Transition to Industry (T2I) Fellowship, and Advancing Innovations through Mentorship (AIM) Program;
  • Engaging scientists for greater tech transfer awareness and education;
  • Developing and implementing new initiatives to support TTC and its customers (intramural researchers and industry partners);
  • Identifying, drafting, and reporting TT communications to intramural researchers, TT staff, and industry partners;
  • Collaborating with TT staff, NIH researchers, and other innovators to solve challenges in TT.
  • Candidate will also gain familiarity with:
  • Drafting and negotiating Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Licenses, Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Clinical Trial Agreements (CTAs), and other technology transfer agreements;
  • Understanding patent prosecution management of inventions and patent related issues for NIH scientists;
  • Other duties that pertain to intellectual property management and technology transfer.