The University of Tennessee Research Foundation provides technology transfer for the University of Tennessee and assists the University of Tennessee in cultivating an environment inclusive of scientific and entrepreneurial excellence. Through offices in Knoxville and Memphis, UTRF connects UT’s research community to industry and startups by strategically evaluating, protecting, and licensing technology.
Staff Attorney Job Responsibilities
While The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) is a separate entity from UT, it provides assistance and resources to the research activities of faculty, staff, and students at all campuses and institutes across the UT System. The Staff Attorney works closely with the UTRF General Counsel and liaises with the UT Office of General Counsel but primarily assists the UTRF President in overseeing and managing UTRF’s five wholly-owned subsidiaries. The Staff Attorney will be a UT employee and report directly to the UTRF President. Creativity, flexibility, and openness to a range of legal solutions is a hallmark of the job.
Requirements for Qualification
- The successful candidate will hold a Juris Doctor (JD) degree with 5+ years of experience handling IP, technology, M&A, and/or similar corporate transactions. A current Tennessee law license or ability to complete licensure within one year of start date.
The successful candidate will have:
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, with meticulous attention to detail.
- Highly collaborative and open to different approaches to problem-solving.
- Strong knowledge of industry standards, trends, and/or regulatory requirements
- Broad knowledge and understanding of best practices in contracting and demonstrated success in developing partnerships internally and externally.
- Highly skilled at both written and oral communication, with exceptional attention to details.
- Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects. Ability to work independently.
- 10+ years of experience handling IP, technology, M&A, and similar corporate transactions
- Understanding of board governance and operations of non-profit organizations is strongly preferred.
- Advanced degree in scientific, technical, or legal discipline.
- Active USPTO registration as a Patent Attorney.
- Litigation and corporate governance experience.
- Knowledge of patent or copyright law.
For full consideration, applications should be accompanied by a cover letter addressing their interest in and qualifications for the role, resume, and list of professional references.