Senior Technology Transfer Liaison

Updated: August 10, 2017
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. The Senior Liaison serves as one of the USU campus facilitators for the USU-Foundation Joint Office of Technology Transfer (JOTT) and assists the Director of the JOTT.  The Senior Liaison is responsible for drafting and negotiating Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Data Use/Sharing Agreements (DUAs and DSAs), and Confidentiality Agreements (CDAs), and assisting with Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) consistent with approved standard agreement language, as well as interfacing with USU researchers to identify new inventions and provide assistance with the filing of invention disclosure forms.  The Senior Liaison is involved in the administrative oversight of the technology transfer process at USU in order to maximize the effective use of resources and supports invention evaluation and marketing activities as requested.   The Senior Liaison supervises the Technology Transfer Liaison (TTL) and is responsible for reviewing the work product of the TTL. The Senior Liaison identifies and evaluates problems and proposes solutions to the Director of the JOTT.   The Senior Liaison facilitates information flow between USU scientists, USU administrators, in particular, the Office of the Vice President for Research and General Counsel, JOTT employees, and the Foundation.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

            The responsibilities of the Senior Technology Transfer Liaison cover a broad range of activities relating to technology transfer, the administration and review of various types of technology transfer agreements, the identification of new intellectual property, and the protection, development and commercialization of intellectual property.  The primary responsibilities are the negotiation and management of the agreement docket in support of USU and supervising the TTL. Such activities include the following:

Agreement Management:

  • Supervises the TTL;
  • Drafts and negotiates Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Data Use Agreements (DUAs), Data Sharing Agreements (DSAs), and Confidentiality Agreements (CDAs) consistent with approved standard agreement language and assists with other agreements as required;
  • Assists with Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), as requested by Director of the JOTT, consistent with approved standard agreement language;
  • Uses judgment and thinks critically and independently to modify agreement language dependent upon the material and the research situation;
  • Supervises the work product of the TTL by providing review, feedback and guidance during the agreement negotiation process;
  • Ensures that agreements negotiated by the TTL are ready for final administrative review prior to sending to Director of the JOTT;
  • Coordinates approval and signature of agreements as appropriate with the Director of Technology Transfer & Commercialization, Director of the JOTT, Foundation General Counsel,  USU General Counsel,  USU Vice President for Research, and USU faculty; coordinates U.S. Trade Representative review for international agreements;
  • Assesses the potential for the development of new intellectual property under the agreement research plan;
  • orks with Technology Transfer Coordinator to ensure that all executed MTA, DUA, DSA, and CDA agreements are entered in a computer database;
  • Ensures that copies of executed agreements are provided to affected USU researchers and faculty as well as other parties to the agreement;
  • Instructs USU researchers regarding the terms of the agreements and acts as primary contact person for compliance with MTA, DUA, DSA, and NDA terms such as publications, invention reporting, and termination;
  • Prepares and transmits to Foundation and USU management regular electronic reports on MTA, DUA, DSA, CDA, Research Agreements (RA), and CRADA negotiation status and other technology transfer matters as requested;

Invention Disclosure Management:

  • Meets with USU faculty and staff and Foundation employees located at USU to discuss possible inventions and the disclosure process;
  • Obtains new invention disclosures from faculty and staff at USU, ensuring disclosures are complete with all information required for evaluation;
  • Reviews invention disclosures and assists with researching the commercial market as part of invention assessment, as requested by Director of Intellectual Property;
  • Working with USU Office of Research, identifies potential inventions described in grant proposals and progress reports;
  • Participates in opportunities to educate USU faculty and staff and increase awareness about the JOTT, including participating in Research Days;
  • Supports invention evaluation, CRADA, and marketing activities including performing patent and marketing searches as requested by the Foundation’s Director of Technology Transfer and Commercialization, the Director of the JOTT, or the Director of Intellectual Property;
  • Facilitates meetings between USU faculty and potential outside research partners to discuss opportunities for collaboration;
  • Assists in the preparation of semi-annual JOTT reports and annual Technology Utilization Reports for USU.

Minimum Educational Requirements: Master’s degree required, Ph.D. preferred, 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.

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