Job Details

University of Pennsylvania
  • Position Number: 3829377
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Position Type: Health - Healthcare Administration

Assistant / Associate Director, Technology Licensing PSOM (hybrid eligible)

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Assistant / Associate Director, Technology Licensing PSOM (hybrid eligible)

Job Profile Title
Associate Director, Technology Licensing

Job Description Summary
Reporting to the PCI PSOM Licensing Director and supporting all aspects of licensing for the Perelman School of Medicine Office (PSOM).

Job Description

Reporting to the PCI Licensing Director for the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM), the Associate Director works directly as a team member to assist PSOM faculty, staff and students with all aspects of technology transfer and commercialization.

The Associate Director of Technology Licensing for PSOM:
  • Works directly as a team member to assist PSOM faculty, staff and students with all aspects of technology transfer and commercialization;
  • Builds new research and development collaborations with industry partners;
  • Effectively manages all internal and external relationships with key stakeholders to fully enable technology commercialization;
  • Proactively builds and expands commercial relationships within assigned departments, divisions and specifies technology focus areas;
  • Identifies projects and developments of commercial interest;
  • Facilitates the establishment of research collaborations with industry and negotiates licenses for intellectual property and sponsored research agreements for research programs, respectively;
  • Conceptualizes and coordinates the strategic application of resources to achieve these targets, including the creation of innovative business arrangements and collaborations;
  • Provides excellent customer and client service in all areas of effort and interaction.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
  • Lead interaction and outreach with the faculty and the research staff of targeted departments to identify fundable research projects and technologies with commercial/licensing potential, facilitate patenting of research developments, and develop research collaborations with industry. This includes triaging new disclosures and participating in the intellectual property protection process. Provide world class customer service.
  • In collaboration and support of faculty, initiate, draft, negotiate and finalize licensing deals; participate in licensing, research deals (including sponsored research); analysis (including technology valuation), including targeting commercial partners, due diligence, negotiation of deals and subsequent business integration
  • Work closely with PCI Ventures, Corporate Contract, Corporate Outreach and Strategic Alliances to develop and implement new sponsored research, corporate alliances and new venture opportunities for selected technology and faculty interest opportunities
  • Develop and implement marketing and commercialization strategies and marketing activities for technologies, with primary focus on assigned area(s)
  • Collaborate closely and communicate regularly with other members of the PCI staff and function as part of a highly matrixed organizational team, with particular emphasis on developing and maintaining strong collaborative relationships across PCI.
  • Serve as a mentor to junior TLOs.

  • Assistant Director - M.S. required, Ph.D./M.D. in a biomedical science preferred plus 3-5 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Associate Director - Ph.D., preferably in a life/health sciences related field required plus 3-7 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Both require experience in academic technology transfer, corporate business development or equivalent intellectual property/corporate contracts experience. Must have demonstrated track record of successful negotiating and closing license agreements; knowledge of intellectual property and licensing practice; ability to identify and handle inventions in diverse fields outside of area of technical expertise, excellent time management and prioritization skills; excellent verbal & written communication skills; strong attention to details, follow-through & closing.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hybrid Eligible - This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule with a work week divided between working onsite and working remotely.

Department / School
Provost's Center

Pay Range
$90,860.00 - $142,844.66
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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