Tech Transfer Associate

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Updated: August 6, 2019
Job ID: 215140
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Technology Transfer Associate located at the HJF Home Office in Bethesda, MD. This position will perform a range of clerical, database management and intellectual property management support duties for the Technology Transfer and Commercialization section of the Legal Department. Work assignments are complex in nature and considerable judgment is required in resolving problems.

The Technology Transfer Associate is responsible for agreement management, support of innovation opportunity identification, portfolio/project management, and development of collaboration and license opportunities for the HJF Office of Technology Transfer. The Technology Transfer Associate establishes a strong working relationship with researchers and program managers on technology transfer matters. The position is responsible for the management of technology transfer matters that include drafting, negotiation and execution of technology transfer agreements; managing technology development, marketing & licensing activities and educational outreach.

Job Duties:

1.    Drafts, negotiates, and facilitates execution of Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Nondisclosure Agreements (NDAs), Data Use/Sharing Agreements (DUAs and DSAs), Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), and any agreements pertinent to the tech transfer and commercialization process, with consideration to the scientific research plan and potential for development of new intellectual property. Ensures all executed agreements are entered in the tech transfer management system (Inteum) and distribute executed agreements to the appropriate parties.

2.    Liaises with HJF personnel, engages with external parties, and serves as advisor on technology transfer matters. Conducts outreach and educational programs for researchers and project managers on technology transfer agreement processes and on intellectual property and inventions. Engages with industry to identify projects of commercial relevance and cultivate strategic partnerships and commercialization and collaborative research opportunities.

3.    Works with researchers to develop and submit invention disclosures. Actively maintains an understanding of research priorities and developments driven by external environments (DoD, NIH, industry, etc.).  Assists with market opportunity assessment and development of material for marketing of technologies.

4.    Works on special projects and other tasks as assigned or directed by the supervisor.  This may include attendance and participation in required training for role.

Required Skills, Knowledge:
University or federal laboratory technology transfer experience; with research project management, patent process, or technology licensing exposure. Experience or exposure to drafting and negotiating technology transfer agreements; proven negotiation and communication skills and demonstrated experience in handling multiple tasks simultaneously. Some life-science industry experience advantageous. Experience with database software and internet searching for research analysis; a working knowledge of Federal technology transfer legislation and policies is favorable. Superior organizational skills, exacting attention to detail, and high-quality work standards with a demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize tasks, learn quickly and adapt to new circumstances. Excellent analytical, comprehension, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. An enthusiastic team player who can operate independently; possesses an aptitude for analyzing biological and medical research with strong technical and business writing skills. High interest in technology development. Proactive, with a service-oriented approach and the ability to interact successfully with a broad range of professionals, from researchers to support staff, to senior executives. Ability to work effectively, be proactive, persistent, persuasive and resilient under pressure, and work with concurrent deadlines.

Minimum Educational Requirements: Master's degree in biomedical sciences or a related discipline, PhD preferred.  Prior experience with technology transfer, commercialization and wortking knowledge of patents can substituate for education requirements.

Minimum Experience:  3-5 years combined experience in biosciences-related research, technology transfer, and/or scientific program management.

Work Environment:  office and laboratory setting

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

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 qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.