Texas A&M Agrilife Research
Research Director Staff
Proposed Minimum Salary
College Station, Texas
The Licensing Associate will be responsible for supporting the management of a portfolio of intellectual property originating from Texas A&M AgriLife Research administered-research funding. This position evaluates an assigned portfolio of innovations in various stages of development, tangible research properties, and copyright materials developed from AgriLife Research funded programs within the A&M System for technical utility, commercial potential, and available protection under Federal and State statutes. The Licensing Associate, under direction of the Program Director, accomplishes the transfer of proprietary research results to commercial application through license agreements with industry partners.
Primary duties include:
Assist/advise faculty and researchers in the process of invention disclosure and intellectual property matters.
Review, analyze and evaluate new disclosures for technical development, patentability, commercial potential, and practical utilities.
Assist the Program Director to recommend strategy for statutory protection and best path to market.
Conduct market research, projection and valuation of technologies.
Contact potential licensees and explain the possible utilities and value of new innovations to entice their interests.
Propose and negotiate, with oversight of the Program Director, reasonable terms and conditions for licensing rights to use technologies with potential licensees.
Represents the Program Director to interact with Texas A&M Technology Commercialization support staff to ensure assigned disclosure and agreement information is accurate.
Represents the Program Director to interact with AgriLife Corporate Relations, AgriLife Contract Office, Sponsored Research Services, AgriLife administration, and departments/colleges/centers as a resource for intellectual property matters.
Assist Program Director in educational activities to increase general awareness of intellectual property matters among faculty and staff.
Coordinate with other licensing staff regarding licensing opportunities, disclosure management, and technology transfer topics.
Required Education/Experience: Bachelor's Degree. Two years experience in technology transfer in academia or industry setting.
Preferred Education/Experience: MBA, Master's and/or PhD in Agriculture or Life Sciences.
Technical writing skills and ability to draft and read legal language in various contracts and other documents. Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.
Familiarity with The Texas A&M University System (A&M System) policies relating to intellectual property, faculty consulting, and sponsored research.
For consideration submit a cover letter, resume, and professional references.
All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution's verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution's procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.
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