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$96,000 - $117,000 / Year
Torrey Pines Center North
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8 hrs/day

#112795 Innovation & Commercialization Manager

Extended Deadline: Fri 1/28/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

Job posting will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.


This position provides professional assistance to senior managers in the management of a comprehensive intellectual property program for the campus. Responsible for evaluating the less complex invention portfolios of life sciences, engineering and physical science inventions in various stages of development, tangible research materials, software and copyright materials developed at UCSD for their technical utility, commercial potential and available protection under federal and state statutes. Using personal contacts and professional experience, targets potential licensees or other business partners, conducts preliminary negotiation of the terms and conditions for the transaction and drafts the necessary contract to complete the licensing of UCSD intellectual property rights for commercial development to benefit the public.

Acts as a liaison to the faculty members in life sciences, engineering and physical science fields to assist faculty and research staff in crystallizing their inventive ideas and making disclosure of those inventions, tangible research materials, software and copyrightable materials to the university. Interacts extensively with campus researchers, potential licensees, patent and contract attorneys, industrial scientists, senior business development executives, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Upon request, serves as a representative of the Office of Innovation & Commercialization (OIC) and UCSD campus at professional meetings, technology trade conferences and investment and economic development meetings and events.

Participates in educational and service programs provided by OIC to the campus community related to intellectual property issues and awareness. Routinely handles confidential information including proprietary technical and commercial information that has great potential economic value and conflict of interest potential.


  • Bachelor's degree in a related area and/or equivalent experience/training, advanced degree preferred.

  • Thorough knowledge of and application of standard principles, theories, and concepts and techniques such as laws, regulations, and practices pertaining to the protection and management of intellectual property, university technology transfer, and general scientific and / or technical skills in subject matter area.

  • Ability to market technology to industrial partners; knowledge of contracts and grants preferred.

  • Familiarity with the process and ability to learn to negotiate preliminary license terms and conditions while maintaining the university's long-term relationship with industry.

  • Proven strong interpersonal skills to interact with a variety of stakeholders such as UC San Diego researchers and potential licensees from the industry.

  • Ability to visualize potential practical utilities of new discoveries and results of basic scientific investigations. Skills in bridging basic research and applied uses of its results.

  • Skills in technical writing, with experience in the drafting and reading legal language in various contracts and other documents.

  • Some experience with technology licensing as evidenced by involvement in negotiated contracts with established life/physical/engineering companies and startup companies.

  • Demonstrated working experience in either academic or industrial settings, or both.

  • Demonstrated good multi-tasking and program management skills to handle a full and growing portfolio of diverse UCSD innovations in life sciences with numerous varying technologies.

  • Savvy knowledge of databases and on-line resources to assess up-to-date market and company information.

  • Experience with common office computer programs.

  • Demonstrated skills in market research, partnering of, and valuation of technologies.

  • Working knowledge of basic scientific concepts and their commercial applications in life sciences.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

  • This individual will routinely handle confidential information including proprietary technical and commercial information that has great potential economic value and conflict of interest potential.

  • U.S. person status is required for this position in order to comply with the Arms Export Control and Export Administration Act. U.S. persons are U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) or protected individuals as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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