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Technology Transfer Specialist

Job Description
Essential Functions
Education & Experience
Job Description

Wright Brothers Institute is seeking a Technology Transfer Specialist to join our team to support both internal and external technology transfer initiatives with The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). 

Essential Functions
  • Assist in the analysis and management of inventions including assessing technical merit, patentability, and commercial feasibility.
  • Review and evaluate intellectual property (IP) held by partners as well as in-house IP to determine the possibility of new IP and the value of collaboration. 
  • Conduct market assessments to determine if IP has feasibility in the marketplace and make recommendations on strategic marketing plans and next steps. 
  • Execute a thorough review of upcoming maintenance fees and make informed recommendations on whether patents should be maintained based on data collected from both the market and intellectual property landscapes. 
  • Help inventors with their invention disclosures and assist with laboratory outreach and other projects as needed. 
  • Educate customers and inventors on general tech transfer practices and serve as the point of contact for scientists and engineers interested in learning more about entrepreneurial opportunities. 
  • Assist with outreach to potential partners by assisting Business Development and Licensing Manager and helping scientists realize their technology's commercial potential. 
  • Draft and design non-confidential summaries for highly technical innovations that clearly articulate the problem the technology is trying to solve and its proposed benefits to an outside partner.
  • Assist customers with initiating, processing, and negotiating agreements in support of Federal technology transfer initiatives. Agreements include, but are not limited to, nondisclosure agreements (NDAs), patent license agreements (PLAs), collaborative research and development agreements (CRADAs), and information transfer agreements (ITAs). 
  • Serve as the point of contact for mining potential inventions of interest to outside parties. 
  • Maintain records for the commercialization services team including adding project information to a database and tracking them for future reference.
  • Assist Commercialization Services Program Manager with annual reporting requirements on an as-needed basis.
  • Support tech transfer and transition events as needed. 
  • Assist with mentoring interns dedicated to commercialization support. 
  • Assist with other projects and tasks as assigned.
Education & Experience
  1. Undergraduate degree in a science, technology, business, or engineering discipline that demonstrates a technical understanding in areas that align with AFRL research areas (e.g. mechanical, electrical, chemical, biomedical, or aeronautical engineering, computer science, and material science). 
  2. A minimum of two years of experience in technology transfer, business development, or licensing. Experience in an academic tech transfer setting is preferred. 
  3. Demonstrated experience in the following areas:
    • Confidence and competence to work well with senior-level internal and external personnel including scientists and engineers, lawyers, business executives, government employees, university administrators, and entrepreneurs.
    • Personable, a good listener.
    • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills.
    • Capable of working and excelling in a highly diverse, professional environment.
  4. This position is a hybrid position. The candidate must be willing and able to be present in the office on an as-needed basis for critical meetings and events. 
  5. Must be a U.S. Citizen

Wright Brothers Institute provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.

To apply, email your resume to opportunities@wbi-innovates.comJob posting will close out 31 Mar 23. 

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Wright Brothers Institute provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.​