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Whether you're searching for a full-time career or a student position to gain real-world experience, contact us to learn more about the exciting and rewarding world of technology commercialization. 

TLA is the University of Arizona unit with the primary mission of ensuring greater cohesion among University researchers, the business community, and organizations supporting technology commercialization to significantly enhance the impact of UArizona research and creative endeavors. TLA represents a prioritization of the University's commitment to impact of research. The Optical Sciences LM, working directly with faculty, staff, and students, will support and expand UArizona's significant portfolio of Optical Sciences intellectual property and increase the impact associated with the inventions and discoveries associated with the College's national reputation of research excellence.

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The University of Arizona (UArizona) Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) working with the College of Optical Sciences, is seeking a self-motivated, outgoing individual with a scientific degree and experience in technology transfer, and demonstrated ability to work independently in a Licensing Manager (LM) position. This position will work primarily with faculty inventors in Optical Sciences and reports to TLA’s Director of Licensing & IP.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Understand the research activities within Optical Sciences and the potential of that research for intellectual property (IP) protection and impact through commercialization;
  • Help streamline the technology commercialization process for inventors by shepherding invention disclosures, CDAs, patent applications, marketing collateral, term sheets, options, license agreements, and other necessary elements in the technology transfer process;
  • Familiarize the faculty, staff, and students with technology transfer in terms of purpose, intellectual property, process, and value of commercialization to the College, inventors, community, and Arizona;
  • Foster relationships with faculty to make them aware of commercial potential for their research, both present and future;
  • Participate as a valued added contributor in grant proposals, industry contracts and related activities;
  • Work independently to guide inventors through invention disclosures, NDAs, conflict of interest considerations associated with startups, and other interactions with TLA, including meaningful prior art searches and results;
  • Work with inventors to determine technology milestones, timelines for moving technology into a commercial product, and appropriate IP strategies, and help to assess and prioritize inventions for TLA’s Asset Development funding;
  • Work with TLA marketing and market research teams to identify potential licensees and contacts within those companies;
  • Work with researchers, TLA Intellectual Property Manager and team, and outside patent counsel to manage patent prosecution and other protection of inventions;
  • Negotiate various agreements, including licenses or options for intellectual property rights, and manage ongoing relationships with licensees;
  • Participate in outreach events to promote Optical Sciences, TLA and licensing opportunities; and
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • General knowledge of intellectual property law, intellectual property evaluation, and contracts, especially as pertains to a university setting;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with researchers or technical staff in intellectual property matters;
  • Strong business ethics and service orientation;
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written;
  • Multi-faceted negotiation skills with the ability to express complex ideas and positions clearly and succinctly;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, peers, academics, and other professionals, including external agencies, with varied interests and perspectives; and
  • Ability to be self-motivated and outgoing.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional-level experience required, with major studies in optical sciences or any other physical sciences domain;
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience is typically required in technology transfer, technology licensing, business development, contract negotiation, or commercial assessment experience, including the development, preparation, review, or execution of contracts in optics-related domains required.
  • Federal regulations require that the incumbent be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to be ITAR/EAR compliant.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional-level experience required in optical sciences or any other physical sciences field;
  • Over 3 years of relevant work experience in technology licensing, business development, contract negotiation, or commercial assessment experience, including the development, preparation, review, or execution of a wide range of business contracts in optics related domain;
  • Experience working with researchers, creators or technical staff in IP matters in related domains in a university or comparable setting;
  • Experience working with intellectual property, specifically patents;
  • Experience as a team player who seeks, and uses effectively, instruction and advice from professional colleagues.

Learn more and apply for this position.

The University of Arizona (UArizona) Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) is seeking a highly motivated, flexible, and disciplined License Compliance Manager (Technology Transfer Professional I) who will work in coordination with the Licensing and Finance groups, and TLA team members as necessary, to manage, monitor and track licensee compliance and diligence under the terms and conditions of licensing contracts executed by TLA. The License Compliance Manager's primary responsibilities include managing and overseeing license maintenance, prepare and draft amendments to licensing contracts, and serve as the primary point of contact for all matters related to license maintenance and compliance.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the communication point person for all matters related to license maintenance and compliance, in coordination with the TLA Licensing group and Finance team, and other TLA team members as necessary.
  • Manage and oversee licensing contracts' maintenance and compliance activities; in coordination with the TLA Licensing group and Finance team, guarantee all requirements and specifications set forth in TLA executed contracts are met by all parties.
  • Proactively monitor active license agreement compliance for timely receipt of diligence milestones, reports and payments from licensees to ensure the licensee is in compliance with the terms of the agreement.
  • Manage, develop and maintain positive working relationships with Licensees, soliciting net sales and diligence progress reports, and determining if the reports satisfy the requirements of the License Agreement in collaboration with the TLA licensing team.
  • Manage the process to notify Licensees of missed diligence and financial obligations, and to gain compliance by Licensees.
  • Analyze reports and deadlines for trends to identify struggling licensees and provide solutions to the TLA Licensing group and Finance team. This may include negotiating payment plans with licensees on past due accounts.
  • Prepare and draft amendments to License Agreements as required in response to changing market conditions or trends in order to maintain productive relationships with the licensees in conjunction with the members of the TLA Licensing group.
  • Ensure that the TLA database (Inteum) is updated with appropriate information related to agreement maintenance to maintain integrity of database; utilize database capabilities to support responsibilities.
  • Assist the TLA Licensing group and Finance team in assessing and rectifying financial or other audit risks/exposures of TLA.
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills; ability to effectively communicate with others.
  • Ability to review and interpret various types of contracts and agreement terms.
  • Ability to problem solve and make decisions demonstrating good judgment.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and responsibilities, respond positively to unanticipated changes, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a very high degree of accuracy.
  • Reliable attendance record.
  • Detail-oriented.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
  • Up to 12 months of directly related work experience in license and contract compliance, monitoring, and/or negotiation is required.
  • Federal regulations require that the incumbent be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to be ITAR/EAR compliant.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Over 1 year of directly related work experience in business, IP or contracts law as it relates to license and contract compliance, monitoring and/or negotiation.
  • Experience with and thorough understanding of UArizona's patent and IP policy and a variety of TLA tech transfer policies and practices.
  • Experience with University policies, best practices and procedures; UAccess systems.
  • Experience with MS OneDrive SharePoint, MS Teams, Zoom.
  • Experience and proficiency with using Database software for tracking license agreements compliance, preferably experience using Inteum Db.
  • Experience with MS Office Suite, especially Outlook and Excel.

Learn more and apply for this position.

The TLA Venture Development team is expanding to recruit a Venture Development Manager. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, outgoing, and will have proven technology commercialization and startup experience. This position will focus primarily on startup activities, and will report to the TLA Director, Venture Development. At Tech Launch Arizona, we help bring those discoveries to the world through commercial pathways. Our primary focus is on ensuring that technologies and innovations originating with UA researchers find meaningful application.

Duties & Responsibilities:

1. Support the creation and tracking of startup companies founded on UArizona Intellectual Property (IP):

  • Grow and maintain network of contacts in the respective focus area
  • Work with TLA team to assess commercial opportunities
  • Work with Mentors-in-Residence to monitor and advance startup team formation: business leadership, advisors, and business planning
  • Identify individuals that have the interest and experience necessary to lead university startup teams
  • Manage and track the process by which network members engage with startup teams for advising and leadership
  • Track startup team progress and challenges and review with MIR’s and Director, Venture Development
  • Support the NSF I-Corps program efforts
  • Provide post-license business development and mentoring support where appropriate to advance company success
  • Other duties as assigned

2. Work with Director on team initiatives:

  • Develop and support startup resources: collateral, workshops and clinics, outreach, other
  • Engage in ongoing peer review and assessment of best practices
  • Identify and pursue other resources/grants designed to enhance commercialization efforts
  • Provide additional support where needed

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship, and innovation management concepts Ability to represent Tech Launch Arizona and UArizona in a range of professional settings
  • Exceptional project management and communication skills
  • Knowledge of university culture and activities
  • Knowledge of the region's economic and entrepreneurial landscape

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required
  • 5 or more years experience in entrepreneurial activities (e.g. startup business creation, startup governance, team formation, business and financial modeling, strategic planning, investment, mentoring)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Scientific and/or business degrees related to Life Sciences
  • 10 or more years experience working in a university commercialization setting, or related incubator or accelerator environment
  • Experience with NSF I-Corps or similar entrepreneurial programs

Learn more and apply for this position.

 

The Market Research Student Analyst will assist the Market Research 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 market research analyst will help deliver a high-level overview of the commercial potential of the intellectual property.

Position Duties: 

  • Assist in patent and literature search of specific subject matter, in the areas of life sciences, physical sciences, optics, 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 domain-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
  • Science background and/or working towards a science or technology degree

Preferred Requirements:

  • Successful work experience in a technical or market research capacity (Applicable educational experience can be applied) 
  • Previous work experience in life sciences, physical sciences, optics, and engineering or any relevant science
  • Lab experience in a research setting
  • Ability to work over summer months 
  • Ability to make a year-long commitment
  • Excellent writing skills 
  • Eligible graduate students in life sciences, physical sciences, optics, and engineering
  • Eligible business, MBA, or Law students with a background in life sciences, physical sciences, optics, and engineering
  • Having a keen interest in technology commercialization, intellectual property, and the vision of moving innovations from labs to marketplace

For information about applying for this opportunity, check out Handshake, #5181481. If you have questions, contact Jace Langen, jacel@tla.arizona.edu

The primary role of market research (MR) is to work with TLA team members to define, articulate, develop, and respond to various market research needs of early-stage technologies, making market strategy recommendations based on conclusions of research and understanding of the commercialization environment. The MR Student Associate is responsible for reviewing Commercialization Assessment Reports (CAR) prepared by the MR Student Analysts to ensure the report meets TLA standards for completeness and presentation as described in the CAR template. These assessments should align with the technology as described in the invention disclosure. This includes reviewing and editing content and references as well as standard copy-editing tasks such as spelling and grammar.

The technologies cover a range of domains and cluster around the six major Intellectual Property (IP) generating colleges of the University: Optical Sciences; College of Agriculture and Life Science. ALS; Engineering; Health Sciences; Eller IT/Informatics; and Science.

Position Duties:

  • Review and edit Commercialization Assessment Report drafts in a timely manner.
  • Provide comments and feedback to Market Research Student Analysts based on review
  • Provide additional content to the draft as needed
  • Keep the Market Research Manager updated on work-flow and completion of the Commercialization Assessment Reports

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Graduate Student with a background in Life Science, Physical Science or Optics or other scientific/technical background
  • 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 up to 6 hours per week during the academic semester; up to 12 hours per week during summer

Preferred Requirements: 

  • Successful work experience in a technical or market research capacity (Applicable educational experience can be applied)

For information about applying for this opportunity, check out Handshake, #4577842. If you have questions, contact Jace Langen, jacel@tla.arizona.edu

The University of Arizona's (UArizona) Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) is in search of a Mentor in Residence, Software, (Venture Development Professional III) for their Venture Development Team. Tech Launch Arizona creates social and economic impact by bringing the inventions of the UArizona from the lab to the world. The TLA Venture Development team facilitates the creation of new ventures founded on these inventions. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, self-motivated with exceptional follow through, and will have proven technology commercialization and startup experience, or current industry expertise in the software industry. This position will report to the TLA Director of Venture Development.

Position Duties: 

  • Work with licensing managers and UArizona inventors to assess new technologies for commercial opportunities and to gauge startup interests
  • Drive startup team formation: business leadership, advisors and professional services
  • Coordinate startup team activities to develop appropriate business and funding strategies, governance, and prepare the team for license
  • Track startup team activity, successes and challenges and review with co-Mentors for feedback
  • Provide post-license business development and mentoring support where appropriate to advance company success
  • Additional duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work effectively in an entrepreneurial and academic environment
  • Strong communication, organizational, and project management skills
  • Ability to motivate, mentor and lead diverse teams
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, peers, academics, and other professionals, including external agencies, with varied interests and perspectives
  • Understanding of industry regulatory and compliance concepts and requirements
  • Understanding of the software design and development process and various development models

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required
  • Five or more years of entrepreneurial leadership experience in a technology-based startup company, and current industry expertise in the computer or software engineering, software or systems design field
  • Federal regulations require that the incumbent be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to be ITAR/EAR compliant

Preferred Qualifications

  • Scientific and business degrees related to computer or software engineering, software or systems design industry
  • Experience raising capital (angel, venture, grants) for startup ventures
  • Experience working in a university commercialization setting, or related incubator or accelerator
  • Founder of a STEM startup with a successful exit
  • Executive level experience in a software company
  • 15 or more years of entrepreneurial experience creating companies, developing early technology and building business teams

Learn more and apply for this position.

The University of Arizona (UArizona) Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) working with the College of Optical Sciences, is seeking a self-motivated, outgoing individual with a scientific degree and experience in technology transfer, and demonstrated ability to work independently in a Senior Licensing Manager (LM) position. This position will work primarily with faculty inventors in Optical Sciences and reports to TLA's Director of Licensing.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Understand the research activities within Optical Sciences and the potential of that research for intellectual property (IP) protection and impact through commercialization;
  • Help streamline the technology commercialization process for inventors by shepherding invention disclosures, CDAs, patent applications, marketing collateral, term sheets, options, license agreements, and other necessary elements in the technology transfer process;
  • Familiarize the faculty, staff, and students with technology transfer in terms of purpose, intellectual property, process, and value of commercialization to the College, inventors, community, and Arizona;
  • Foster relationships with faculty to make them aware of commercial potential for their research, both present and future;
  • Participate as a valued added contributor in grant proposals, industry contracts and related activities;
  • Work independently to guide inventors through invention disclosures, NDAs, conflict of interest considerations associated with startups, and other interactions with TLA, including meaningful prior art searches and results;
  • Work with inventors to determine technology milestones, timelines for moving technology into a commercial product, and appropriate IP strategies, and help to assess and prioritize inventions for TLA’s Asset Development funding;
  • Work with TLA marketing and market research teams to identify potential licensees and contacts within those companies;
  • Work with researchers, TLA Intellectual Property Manager and team, and outside patent counsel to manage patent prosecution and other protection of inventions;
  • Negotiate various agreements, including licenses or options for intellectual property rights, and manage ongoing relationships with licensees;
  • Participate in outreach events to promote Optical Sciences, TLA and licensing opportunities;
  • Senior Licensing Managers are expected to carry a larger caseload, perform their duties with minimal supervision, and act as a mentor to newer members of the licensing staff; and
  • Additional duties may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in a Senior Licensing Manager (LM) position
  • General knowledge of intellectual property law, intellectual property evaluation, and contracts, especially as pertains to a university setting;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with researchers or technical staff in intellectual property matters;
  • Experience as a team player who seeks, and uses effectively, instruction and advice from professional colleagues;
  • Strong business ethics and service orientation;
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written;
  • Multi-faceted negotiation skills with the ability to express complex ideas and positions clearly and succinctly;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, peers, academics, and other
    professionals, including external agencies, with varied interests and perspectives; and
  • Ability to be self-motivated and outgoing.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required, with major studies in optical sciences or any other physical sciences domain;
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience is typically required in technology transfer, technology licensing, business development, contract negotiation, or commercial assessment experience, including the development, preparation, review, or execution of contracts in optics related domains required.
  • Federal regulations require that the incumbent be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to be ITAR/EAR compliant.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required in optical sciences or related field
  • Over 5 years of relevant work experience in technology licensing, business development, contract negotiation, or commercial assessment experience, including the development, preparation, review, or execution of a wide range of business contracts in optics related domain
  • Experience working with researchers, creators or technical staff in IP matters in related domains in a university or comparable setting
  • Experience working with intellectual property, specifically patents

Learn more and apply for this position.

The Tech Launch Arizona Venture Development team facilitates the creation of new ventures founded on UArizona inventions. The Student Entrepreneurial Fellow Program allows graduate or PhD students, working on behalf of UArizona, to gain practical startup company and technology commercialization experience. This is an incredible opportunity to build a resume, gain knowledge of the entrepreneurial process, and work with a team of seasoned entrepreneurs and executives (TLA Mentors-in-Residence (MIR)) dedicated to launching successful startup companies.

As Entrepreneurial Fellows, students will assist in the assessment of early-stage technologies for commercial potential, discuss concepts that drive design thinking, apply customer discovery methods, develop business and financial models, engage in the daily operations of a startup, shadow the MIRs in mentoring activities, and serve as TLA ambassadors on campus and in the community to promote commercialization activities.

The Entrepreneurial Fellow will receive an hourly wage from Tech Launch Arizona and be considered for a $10,000 Graduate Tuition Scholarship from the UArizona Graduate College.  More details are available on the Graduate College website: https://grad.arizona.edu/funding/opportunities/tech-launch-az-student-entrepreneurial-fellow.

Opportunities Available

TLA is seeking to fill four (4) Entrepreneurial Fellow positions. Students have the opportunity to focus on a portfolio of industry-specific startups, like life science, software or physical sciences, or to focus on a particular functional area like finance or marketing.

Duties and Responsibilities

Students are asked to commit 10 hours per week. Their responsibilities will include:

  • Attend startup meetings and help with follow-up actions
  • Conduct industry research that may span multiple projects in the portfolio
  • Work with MIRs to develop startup materials; this may include developing the value proposition, financial model, business model, executive summary, pitch deck, company descriptors, or other materials as determined by the team
  • Attend workshops and training sessions with startups as schedule permits
  • Attend campus and community events with TLA where appropriate and as schedule permits
  • Attend regular meetings with the Venture Development team to discuss ongoing projects

Requirements

  • Must be a graduate student or PhD student (students in a GA or faculty ancillary position may not qualify depending on FTE commitments)
  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Ability to commit to working 10 hours per week
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability and willingness to contribute ideas and thoughts to the Venture Development team
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple projects
  • Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter
  • Ability to independently manage 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, including Excel, PowerPoint, and Word

For information about applying for this opportunity, check out Handshake, #4331164. If you have questions, contact Linda Portillo, LindaP@tla.arizona.edu.