Advertised Summary Job Description: Columbia Technology Ventures is the technology transfer office for Columbia University and a central location for many of the technology development initiatives, entrepreneurial activities, external industry collaborations, and commercially-oriented multidisciplinary technology innovations across the university. CTV's core mission is to facilitate the transfer of inventions from academic research labs to the market for the benefit of society on a local, national, and global basis. Each year, CTV manages more than 350 invention disclosures, 100 license deals, and 20 new IP-backed start-ups, involving over 750 inventors across Columbia's campuses. CTV currently has over 1200 patent assets available for licensing, across research fields such as bio, IT, clean tech, devices, big data, nanotechnology, materials science, and more.
Over the years, CTV has been involved with launching well over 200 companies based on Columbia's technologies, and has also founded several technology initiatives to accelerate the path to market for promising technologies, including the PowerBridgeNY clean energy proof-of-concept center, the Combine, and BioMedX.
CTV's efforts are backed by 45 full time staff and an additional 30+ graduate student interns (CTV Fellows), providing broad support to the Columbia community and other stakeholders. CTV also runs an Executive-in-Residence program, which brings seasoned industry executives, serial entrepreneurs, and investors to campus to support faculty and student entrepreneurial activities.
CTV is advertising for a Technology Licensing Officer for our physical sciences departments. The candidate will report directly to Associate Director, Physical Sciences Licensing.
Technology Evaluation and Development (40%) The TLO will develop relationships within the Columbia University research community for purposes of identifying Intellectual Property (IP), evaluating its patentability and commercial/licensing potential. The TLO will be heavily involved in the process of working directly with principle investigators, patent counsel, and other parties to develop appropriate commercialization and patent prosecution strategies to protect the IP. Will also recommend projects for further investment from the CTV validation fund, as appropriate.
Strategic Outreach and Marketing (20%) Working with the broader CTV licensing team, the TLO will implement a range of marketing and market research activities, including identifying potential licensees and potential industrial research partners interested in collaborations with Columbia researchers and materials. Will develop and execute commercialization strategies. Will engage Columbia's technology accelerator programs, including advising startup teams from their technology portfolio.
Deal execution (40%) The TLO will take full responsibility for the negotiation and execution of any sponsored research agreements and licensing agreements with industry partners and university start-ups related to their technology portfolio, with input and supervision from the Campus Director.
General Minimum Qualifications: -At least three years of related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience in technology transfer, post graduate work or scientific research, required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications: -PhD or Masters in relevant scientific area preferred but not required; JD or MBA additionally preferred.
-Relevant experience in technology management / licensing / marketing, venture capital, and/ or business development.
-Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, including both oral and written communication skills.
-Comfort with intellectual property and related business practices.
-A deep understanding of the engineering arts, especially within physical and computer sciences. This understanding could be from an educational background, academic research exposure, industry R&D experience, or from the start-up or investment worlds, or ideally a combination of the above.
-A team player with a sense of humor and a calm demeanor.
-Highly organized, ability to manage multiple projects through to completion.
-Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_172248
About Columbia University
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.