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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 as our Senior Licensing Manager (LM). 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
  • Additional duties as 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
  • Ability 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
  • 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 related domain
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience 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

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:

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


  • 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 Ellen Ogley,

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,