Student Opportunities

At Tech Launch Arizona, we bring UA discoveries and inventions to the world by identifying the most promising and then licensing them to existing companies or using them as the foundations of new companies we build from the ground up.

Engaging with TLA means being a part of the conversations and actions that foster ideas from lab-bound innovations to real-world solutions, taking research beyond academia to drive economic and social impact.

If you're inspired by new technologies and the potential for meaningful change, explore these opportunities to work with TLA.

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Purpose of position 

The Business Intelligence Research Analyst will assist the Business Intelligence Manager in the commercialization assessment of various technologies disclosed to the Tech Launch Arizona office. Technologies cover a range of domains and cluster around the six major Intellectual Property (IP) generating colleges of the University: Optical Sciences; CALS; Engineering; Medicine; Eller IT/Informatics; and Science. The emphasis of the position will be to support early stage assessments of the IP’s commercialization potential. Through a detailed assessment of key factors, the business intelligence research analyst will help deliver an understanding of the opportunity and the Intellectual Property. Each Business Intelligence Research Analyst must have experience in a technical field related to either physical science or life science (optics, chemistry, engineering, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, life science, software etc.) through personal experiences or through their selected major of study.

The opening will be focused on life science based technologies. 

Position duties 

  • Assist in patent and literature search of specific subject matter, in the areas of biomedical sciences, physical sciences and engineering 
  • Gain a basic understanding of the IP’s functionality, capabilities, competitive landscape, and potential applications 
  • Research, recognize and report common trends and themes in specific research 
  • Concisely summarize and report findings 
  • Write non-confidential summaries for technologies in a timely manner 
  • Write commercialization assessment reports in a timely manner 

Minimum requirements 

  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident 
  • Upper-level undergraduate or graduate student NOT on a Research/Teaching Assistantship contract 
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple projects 
  • Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter 
  • Ability to independently manage, track, and execute several tasks and projects simultaneously 
  • Ability to execute work with thoroughness and attention to detail 
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment 
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications 
  • Ability to commit to working 10 hours per week during the academic semester or 20 hours per week during summer 
  • Technical background or working towards a degree related to the life sciences or physical sciences.  

Preferred requirements 

  • Successful work experience in a technical or market research capacity (Applicable educational experience can be applied) 
  • Previous work experience with life science or physical science research 
  • Ability to work over summer months 
  • Excellent writing skills 
  • Eligible graduate students in life science or physical science related fields such as pharmaceuticals, chemistry, biochemistry, engineering, optics, software, etc. 
  • Eligible business, MBA, or Law students 
  • with some technical background as described above 

Having a keen interest in technology commercialization, intellectual property and the vision of moving innovations from labs to marketplace.

Apply at, job posting #1062045

Contact: Kaitlyn Norman


Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) creates social and economic impact through bringing the inventions of the UA from the lab to the world. We build connections between the talents of our faculty and researchers and the experience of entrepreneurs and investors. We cultivate these conversations, fostering ideas that start in the lab, and grow them into new products and thriving businesses that benefit society. The mission of TLA Business Development is to help facilitate the creation of startup companies founded on University Intellectual Property and prepare them for licensing, and to support the greater mission of TLA. This position provides support for the Business Development team’s outreach efforts and reports to the Director of Business Development.

Desired start date is March 19, 2018 and will be effective until the end of the spring semester, with a possibility of it being extended through the summer and fall semester.

Note: Tech Launch Arizona is located off-campus, about 5 minutes away by bicycle at 220 West Sixth St, 4fh floor (link is external).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support weekly events including I-Corps and Roundtable, which includes the following: prepare handouts, help with room setup, manage conference phone and video equipment, and follow-up with coordinator and course instructors as needed
  • Support outreach events where schedule permits: support event registration, welcome desk, prepare materials and help with any follow-up effort as needed
  • Work with team to update resource lists


  • Mondays – Available between 9:00am – 2:00pm (5hrs)
  • Wednesdays – Available between 3:00pm – 5:00pm (2hrs)
  • Rest – upon availability (3-5hrs)

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Undergraduate or graduate student NOT on a Research/Teaching Assistantship contract 
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment with multiple projects
  • Ability to independently manage, track, and execute several tasks and projects simultaneously
  • Ability to execute work with thoroughness and attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications

Apply at, job posting #1393346

Contact: Donna Callies