The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) is responsible for pre-award administration of grants and contracts; supporting investigators in developing proposals and funding strategies for their research and scholarship; protection, management, and licensing of the University’s intellectual property; oversight of the use human subjects, animals, biological and chemical hazardous agents, select agents, blood borne pathogens, radioactive materials and lasers in research, teaching and training; environmental health and safety; implementation of the University’s policies on conflict of interest in research and misconduct in research and scholarship; and working with other administrative offices to create an environment at the University that encourages and facilitates research. The OVPR assures that the services and resources provided by the units under its direction meet the needs of the research community and satisfies the requirements of laws and regulations that govern research and protecting the University’s interests. This includes policy development, strategic planning, and oversight. The OVPR also works closely with the research leadership of the schools and Tufts Medical Center to promote cooperation, collaboration, and sharing of resources to maintain a positive working relationship between the schools and with the hospital. Additionally, the OVPR maintains close working relationships with faculty and department chairs in order to keep abreast of the needs and direction of research and to foster an environment of open communication and responsiveness.
The Office for Technology Transfer & Industry Collaboration (OTTIC) is a component of the OVPR. OTTIC is the business unit within the OVPR responsible for the management and commercialization of the intellectual property portfolios of Tufts University as well as for the negotiation of research agreements with industry, the latter in coordination with the Office of Research Administration.
The Senior Licensing Associate will be responsible for (i) evaluation of invention disclosures for commercial interest and patentability; (ii) management of patent prosecution through internal and external patent counsel; (iii) creation of non-confidential summaries; (iv) marketing technologies; (v) helping faculty identify and secure commercial sponsors of their research; and (vi) participating in negotiation of the various types of agreements inherent to the technology transfer process.
3-5 years of experience working in a licensing or business development capacity and or a commercial, legal, or academic environment.
Strong background in life sciences.
Basic computer literacy.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Excellent organizational skills.
Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work with multiple constituents, including faculty, other university administrators, industry counterparts, and Tufts counsel.
Outgoing and approachable with a professional demeanor with strong customer focus.
Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects and concurrent deadlines with frequent interruptions.
Highly-motivated, self-starter, detail-oriented, able to handle confidential matters with discretion, have excellent prioritization, creative problem-solving and decision-making skills.
Able to work both independently and as part of a team.
Adaptable to shifts in prioritization of projects and still be able to keep projects going.
Demonstrated ability to manage patent prosecution through external counsel.
Experience negotiating and closing license agreements.
MS in life sciences, health sciences or engineering, and preferably a PhD.