Senior Technology Transfer Liaison

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Updated: January 3, 2018
Job ID: 213088
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Senior Technology Transfer Liaison (Senior Liaison) to support the Finance Department located at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to USU.

This position serves as an on-campus facilitator for the USU-HJF Joint Office of Technology Transfer (JOTT) and works collaboratively with the Director of the JOTT and the Director of Technology Transfer and Commercialization.


Drafting and negotiating Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Data Use/Sharing Agreements (DUAs and DSAs), and Confidentiality Agreements (CDAs), and as well as Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) consistent with approved standard agreement language. 

Continually revising, updating and maintaining these standard agreements.

Interfacing with USU researchers to identify and discuss new inventions and provide guidance related to filing invention disclosure forms and determining the appropriate agreements for collaborations with outside parties. 

Involved in the management of the technology transfer process at USU in order to maximize the use of resources for agreement negotiation, identification and evaluation of inventions, and marketing of technologies as requested.  

This position will supervise and mentor the Technology Transfer Liaison (TTL) and oversee the work done by the TTL. This position will identify and evaluate problems and propose solutions to the Director of the JOTT and the Director of Technology Transfer and Commercialization.  The position will facilitate information flow between USU scientists, USU administrators, in particular, the Office of the Vice President for Research and General Counsel, JOTT employees, and HJF.

Day to day responsibilities cover analysis, drafting, and negotiation of multiple types of technology transfer agreements and identification, protection, development and commercialization of intellectual property as well as negotiation and management of the agreement docket in support of USU, supervises the TTL, and evaluates agreement research plans for scientific merit and the potential for intellectual property.

Such activities include the following:

Draft and negotiate Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Data Use Agreements (DUAs), Data Sharing Agreements (DSAs), and Confidentiality Agreements (CDAs), while considering both, scientific research plan and potential for development of new intellectual property.

Uses judgment and thinks critically and independently to negotiate agreement language dependent upon the material and the research plan.

Supervises the work product of the TTL by providing review, feedback and guidance during the agreement negotiation process.

Ensure that agreements negotiated by the TTL are ready for final administrative review. Coordinate execution of agreements as appropriate with the Director of Technology Transfer & Commercialization, Director of the JOTT, HJF General Counsel, USU General Counsel, USU Vice President for Research, and USU faculty.

Coordinate U.S. Trade Representative review for international agreements.

Assess the potential for the development of new intellectual property under the agreement research plan.

Work with Technology Transfer support staff to ensure that all executed MTA, DUA, DSA, and CDA agreements are accurately recorded and periodically updated and kept secure. 

Ensure that copies of executed agreements are disseminated to all appropriate parties.

Educate USU researchers regarding the terms of the agreements and act as the primary contact person for compliance with MTA, DUA, DSA, and NDA terms such as publications, invention reporting, and termination.

Prepare and transmit pertinent electronic reports to HJF and USU management regularly. 

This position will also be involved in the Invention Disclosure process.  Will meet with faculty to discuss their research and determine how the research might lead to inventions and the disclosure process. Obtain new invention disclosures from faculty and staff at USU, ensuring disclosures are complete with all information required for evaluation.  Review invention disclosures and researches the commercial market as part of invention assessment, as requested by Director of Intellectual Property. Work with USU Office of Research to identify potential inventions described in grant proposals and progress reports.  Discuss the scientific merits of the potential inventions with the submitting faculty members.

Other JOTT responsibilities include: educating USU faculty and staff to increase awareness about the JOTT, participate in USU Research Days, provides invention evaluation, CRADA negotiation, and marketing activities including performing patent and marketing searches as requested by HJF’s Director of Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Director of the JOTT, or Director of Intellectual Property; facilitating meetings between USU faculty and potential outside research partners to discuss opportunities for collaboration; and contributing to the preparation of semi-annual JOTT reports and annual Technology Utilization Reports for USU.

Minimum Educational Requirements: Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences or a related discipline is required.

Minimum Experience:  5+ years combined experience in biosciences-related research, technology transfer, agreements management, and/or scientific program management with a minimum of 3 these years being in technology transfer or agreements management.

Work Environment:  office and laboratory setting

Required Skills, Knowledge: Superior organizational skills, exacting attention to detail, and high quality work standards required.  Excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and ability to interact creatively and harmoniously with coworkers and customers are essential. Ability to work independently and in a fast-paced, high-volume work environment, experience with database software and internet searching, demonstrated skills in handling multiple tasks simultaneously, and ability to complete projects in a timely manner are also required.   Technical aptitude and experience understanding complex biological and medical technologies preferred.

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any alternate qualifications, to be considered as equivalents in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.