Intellectual Property Officers within the office of MSU Technologies (MSUT) are Technology Managers who provide high quality licensing strategy, outreach to industry and others interested in commercializing University and jointly owned technology, negotiation of business terms, license agreement development, and execution. Tech Transfer Fellows support Technology Managers and MSUT Coordinators, have a background on the technology’s developmental and marketing needs, and will develop and maintain productive relationships with faculty inventors and corporate representatives to build a pipeline of invention disclosures and licenses. This position works under the supervision of the Associate Director, and assigned Technology Managers to manage technologies with applications in agricultural and related disciplines. This position will need to be available to handle technologies across all similar applications as needs arise within MSU Technologies.
Duties and Responsibilities:
80% Technology Management: Develop and manage strong relationships with faculty inventors and prospective inventors. Work under the direction of the Technology Manager to license technologies including evaluate and screen disclosures; identify and qualify licensees; assist with marketing strategies and plans; draft business terms for license agreements; manage agreements; interact with the MSU Office of General Counsel and outside patent attorneys on legal and intellectual property matters. Assist Technology Managers to manage portfolio of technologies including some complex technologies and issues. With the Technology Manager and Associate Director, build knowledge base related to the agricultural technologies most frequently under MSUT responsibility.
20% Agreement Management: Negotiate Material Transfer Agreements (MTA) and Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDA) under the supervision of the MTA/CDA Coordinator and Associate General Counsel. Support the administration of agreements using established processes and the Inteum Database.
This is a two year fixed term position.
The successful candidate will have a minimum of one to three years’ educational experience in the agricultural sector.
Candidates without graduate agricultural experience may have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific/engineering discipline in combination with experience in a university technology transfer office.
Strong verbal and written communication skills are required.
The ability to manage/coordinate multiple tasks and to work successfully with academic scholars, entrepreneurs, industry executives and staff are required. Due to the sensitive nature of materials that are handled within MSU Technologies, candidates must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States, and for Michigan State University.
Demonstration of the following attributes is preferred:
Self-starter, works well with others, pays close attention to detail, ability to prioritize, and follows through on tasks.
Experience in university technology transfer, preferably including experience triaging incoming invention disclosures is a plus.
Knowledge of intellectual property is highly desirable.
Interest in an alternative career in technology transfer is desired.
Required Application Materials
Each candidate must submit a Resume and Cover Letter with their application.
Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.
Internal Number: 635085
About Michigan State University
Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.Together, we tackle some of the world?s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better?from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.The nation?s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world?on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we?re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.