Job Opportunities

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. 

Check out this video created by AUTM, highlighting technology transfer professionals – including TLA's Director of Licensing Rakhi Gibbons – and how their journey led them to careers bridging academic research, innovation and the marketplace. 

We have the positions below open at this time. For all current Arizona job postings, visit http://talent.arizona.edu.

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This position will work primarily with UAHS faculty including Colleges of Medicine-Tucson and Phoenix, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health, and reports to the Director of Licensing.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 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;
  • Understand the research activities across the colleges within UAHS (Colleges of Medicine-Tucson and Phoenix, Pharmacy, Public Health and Nursing) and the potential of that research for intellectual property (IP) protection and impact through commercialization;
  • Foster relationships with UAHS faculty to make them aware of commercial potential for their research, both present and future;
  • Work 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 independently 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 TLA, UAHS, 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;
  • Experience working collaboratively with researchers or technical staff in intellectual property matters;
  • Ability to be 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; and
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, peers, academics, and other professionals, including external agencies, with varied interests and perspectives.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional-level experience required, with major studies in the biological sciences, or other science-related field;
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience is typically required 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.
  • 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
  • Experience in the chemical industry
  • 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
  • Experience working in intellectual property, specifically patents.

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This position will work primarily with UAHS faculty including Colleges of Medicine-Tucson and Phoenix, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health, and reports to the Director of Licensing.

The UAHS Licensing Associate, working directly with faculty, researchers, staff, and students, will help to significantly expand the UArizona portfolio of UAHS intellectual property and realize the impact associated with important inventions and discoveries.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • 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;
  • Understand the research activities across the colleges within UAHS (College of Medicine Tucson and Phoenix, Pharmacy, Public Health and Nursing) and the potential of that research for intellectual property (IP) protection and impact through commercialization;
  • Foster relationships with UAHS faculty to make them aware of commercial potential for their research, both present and future;
  • Work 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 independently 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 TLA, UAHS, 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;
  • Experience working collaboratively with researchers or technical staff in intellectual property matters;
  • Strong 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; and
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, peers, academics, and other professionals, including external agencies, with varied interests and perspectives.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional-level experience required, with major studies in the biological sciences, or other science-related field;
  • Up to 1 year of relevant work experience is typically required 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.
  • Federal regulations require that the incumbent be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to be ITAR/EAR compliant.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Over 1 year 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;
  • Experience working on intellectual property, specifically patents.

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The Tech Launch Arizona Venture Development team facilitates the creation of new ventures founded on UArizona inventions. The Student Entrepreneurial Fellow Program allows graduate 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.

Opportunities Available

TLA is seeking to fill multiple 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
  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Ability to commit to working 10 hours per week during the academic semester
  • 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 Ellen Ogley, elleno@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 (UA) Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) is seeking two self-motivated, outgoing individuals to work as Technology Marketing Student Assistants. These positions will work with the Technology Marketing Associate. Working closely with the Technology Marketing Associate Student Assistants are responsible for supporting invention marketing initiatives. This includes reviewing and editing content as well as 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; Engineering; Health Sciences; Eller IT/Informatics; and Science.

Position Duties:

  • Assist in developing targeted marketing campaign materials for designated UA inventions
  • Assist with maintaining TLA’s presence on various technology marketing sites
  • Help maintain marketing project records in TLA’s database system
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Student with a background in marketing/communications
  • Graduate Student not on a 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

Preferred Requirements:

  • Successful work experience in a marketing/communications position (Applicable educational experience can be applied)
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite

For information about applying for this opportunity, check out Handshake, #4671627. If you have questions, contact Anne Spieth, annes@tla.arizona.edu.