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Senior Licensing Manager, College of Engineering

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Economic and Business Development

Posting Number: req11109

Department: Tech Launch Arizona

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The University of Arizona (UArizona) Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) working with the College of Engineering, is seeking a self-motivated, outgoing individual with a scientific degree and experience in technology transfer, and demonstrated ability to work independently in a Senior Licensing Manager (LM) (Tech Transfer Pro III) position. This position will work primarily with faculty inventors in College of Engineering and reports to TLA's Director of Licensing & IP.

TLA is the University of Arizona unit with the primary mission of ensuring greater cohesion among University researchers, the business community, and organizations supporting technology commercialization to significantly enhance the impact of UArizona research and creative endeavors. TLA represents a prioritization of the University's commitment to impact of research. The College of Engineering LM, working directly with faculty, staff, and students, will support and expand UArizona's significant portfolio of the College of Engineering intellectual property and increase the impact associated with the inventions and discoveries associated with the College's national reputation of research excellence.

*Tech Launch Arizona is also recruiting for a Licensing Manager, College of Engineering (req11107). Please note the education minimum requirements when applying.

As a place to live and work, Tucson has been ranked in the top 20 among America's Best Cities in the 2021 annual report by Resonance Consultancy, and was the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy designated in the U.S., joining the worldwide network of UNESCO Creative Cities.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Duties & responsibilities:

  • Understand the research activities within College of Engineering (COE) departments and the potential of that research for intellectual property (IP) protection and impact through commercialization;
  • Help streamline the technology commercialization process for inventors by shepherding invention disclosures, CDAs, patent applications, marketing collateral, term sheets, options, license agreements, and other necessary elements in the technology transfer process;
  • Familiarize the faculty, staff, and students with technology transfer in terms of purpose, intellectual property, process, and value of commercialization to the College, inventors, community, and Arizona;
  • Foster relationships with faculty to make them aware of commercial potential for their research, both present and future;
  • Work independently to guide inventors through invention disclosures, NDAs, conflict of interest considerations associated with startups, and other interactions with TLA, including meaningful prior art searches and results;
  • Work with inventors to determine technology milestones, timelines for moving technology into a commercial product, and appropriate IP strategies, and help to assess and prioritize inventions for TLA's Asset Development funding;
  • Help to assess and prioritize inventions for TLA's Asset Development funding;
  • Work with TLA marketing and market research teams to identify potential licensees and contacts within those companies;
  • Work with researchers, TLA Intellectual Property Manager and team, and outside patent counsel to manage patent prosecution and other protection of inventions;
  • Negotiate various agreements, including licenses or options for intellectual property rights, and manage ongoing relationships with licensees;
  • Participate in outreach events to promote College of Engineering, TLA and licensing opportunities;
  • Senior Licensing Managers are expected to carry a larger caseload, perform their duties with minimal supervision, and act as a mentor to newer members of the licensing staff; and
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, skills & abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in a Senior Licensing Manager (LM) position
  • General knowledge of intellectual property law, intellectual property evaluation, and contracts, especially as pertains to a university setting;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with researchers or technical staff in intellectual property matters;
  • Strong business ethics and service orientation;
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written;
  • Multi-faceted negotiation skills with the ability to express complex ideas and positions clearly and succinctly;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, peers, academics, and other professionals, including external agencies, with varied interests and perspectives; and
  • Ability to be self-motivated and outgoing.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required, with major studies in engineering, or related physical sciences field;
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience is required in technology transfer, technology licensing, business development, contract negotiation, or commercial assessment experience, including the development, preparation, review, or execution of contracts in engineering, or related physical sciences domains required.
  • Federal regulations require that the incumbent be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to be ITAR/EAR compliant.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required in the engineering industry;
  • Over 5 years of relevant work experience in technology licensing, business development, contract negotiation, or commercial assessment experience, including the development, preparation, review, or execution of a wide range of business contracts in engineering, or related physical sciences domain;
  • Experience working with researchers, creators or technical staff in IP matters in related domains in a university or comparable setting;
  • Experience working with intellectual property, specifically patents.
  • Experience as a team player who seeks, and uses effectively, instruction and advice from professional colleagues.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: University Advancement

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Technology Transfer

Job Function

University Advancement

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Linda Portillo;

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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