UTRF’s Knoxville office is seeking an Assistant/Associate/Full Technology Manager with a background in STEM who is interested in bringing early-stage technologies to market.

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Reporting to the Vice President of UTRF, the Technology Manager will be involved in all aspects of the technology transfer process.

Specifically, the Technology Manager will be responsible for:

  • Building relationships with researchers to identify new intellectual property.
  • Performing comprehensive and strategic evaluations of technologies, including determinations of patentability, commercial potential, and path-to-market.
  • Managing patent preparation and prosecution. This includes selection of external patent counsel, working with the researchers, patent coordinator to file applications prior to publication dates, and overseeing ongoing prosecution.
  • Developing and deploying an effective marketing strategy to attract industry partners.
  • Negotiating commercialization agreements.
  • Overseeing active licenses to ensure licensee compliance.
  • Promoting and supporting faculty and student entrepreneurship.

Position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in STEM discipline plus 5 years of relevant professional experience, or a Master’s degree in STEM discipline or higher.
  • Ability to work independently while managing multiple projects.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to quickly understand unfamiliar research and technologies.

Due to export control restrictions, the successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien with a green card.


Desired Qualifications:

  • PhD in STEM.
  • MBA, JD, or Patent Agent.
  • Familiarity with intellectual property law.
  • Experience in STEM.
  • 2+ years of experience in intellectual property management and technology transfer.
  • Experience working in/with technology startup(s) or business incubators.
  • Familiarity with or experience in a university research environment and capacity to analyze complex research programs.

For full consideration, the submission must include a cover letter, resume, and references.

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