Licensing Analyst

North Carolina, United States
02 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
02 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Vacancy Type EHRA Non-Faculty
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Working Title Licensing Analyst
Salary Range   Anticipated Hiring Range $55,000 - $60,000 (Commensurate with education and experience)
Position Number 00104307
Work Schedule 8 - 5, Monday - Friday
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.0
Department 060102 - Research - Office Of Technolog
Department Research - Office Of Technology
Job City & State Raleigh, NC
Primary Function of Organizational Unit

With more than 130+ start-ups and 575+ commercialized products, NC State brings real-world solutions to the marketplace. The Office for Research Commercialization (ORC) plays a crucial role in this mission by protecting and promoting University research discoveries and intellectual property, working with and guiding industry partners, and promoting the acceleration of start-ups.

Essential Job Duties

The Licensing Analyst will manage the marketing and invention assessment and scouting activities for the Engineering licensing team.

Duties and Responsibilities include:
• Coordinate meetings and provide guidance to faculty, researchers and staff on new IP disclosures.
• Analyze new IP disclosures, in order to assess the technical merit, commercial potential and patentability.
• Manage marketing campaigns for engineering, physical sciences and software licensing opportunities. This will involve the preparation of non-confidential summaries of technologies, identification of potential licensees, and email and cold call marketing.
• Prepare, edit, and process management of licensing agreements. Responsible for negotiation and execution of confidentiality agreements, inter-institutional agreements, material transfer agreements and other contractual documents as assigned.
• Interact with the New Ventures group within the Office of Technology Commercialization and New Ventures in support of startup company formation, which may involve advising on the business opportunity related to the technology and developing business model canvases.
• Assist with all aspects of portfolio management including (i) evaluating and triaging technologies/inventions from the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Design, Architecture, Art & Design, Statistics, and Computer Science (sometimes independently), (ii) developing marketing abstracts for technologies, (iii) developing marketing plans for technologies, (iv) conducting prior art assessments, and (iv) crafting commercialization plans and strategies.

Other duties and responsibilities include:

Springboard Initiative Development:
Leverage and build a robust professional network in support of the Office for Research Commercialization (ORC) invention development model; build collaborative and on-going relationships with stakeholders (deans, department heads, administrators, and faculty) in order to successfully target new projects and opportunities for engagement. Plan and promote networking events, internal and external, in support of partnership development as part of a sustainable model to accelerate ideas to market. Attend local, regional and national meetings/conferences to connect industry to academia and entrepreneurs to opportunities.

Chancellor’s Innovation Fund (CIF):
Lead and administer all efforts to solicit faculty and student proposals for the CIF seed grant proof-of-concept program. Develop and expand evaluation framework and criteria for reviewing and selecting grant recipients to increase participation from all University colleges and interdisciplinary programs. Work with project teams to ensure development milestones are achieved; support contemporary commercialization model development by the ORC to ensure successful technology transfer, sponsored research, and/or codevelopment outcomes. Impart a commercial mindset to the CIF program such that it can become self-sustaining through corporate partner funding, industry consortium formation, and/or revenues generated as a result of co-development or license deals. Expand program to include “capability services” that reflects NC State’s competencies in commercial product development or scalability matters.

Innovation Asset Identification:
Seek out PIs, research labs and programs within the University setting that have capacity and potential to develop early stage technologies into commercially relevant product market opportunities. Establish a “University POC Pipeline Portfolio” with valuation and diversification measures aligned with industry. Prioritize and stratify the portfolio to assure appropriate resource allocation and timing of opportunity in line with industry demand. Coordinate with the New Ventures and Research Commercialization Program Manager to drive economic development activities, including NC State startups.

Investigator/Innovator Training:
Create programs to “develop the innovator” as well as the idea, and connect projects with possible funding/training resources. Coordinate events and seminars that enable the innovator to improve his or her understanding of the road map for accelerating ideas to market. Bring together diverse college expertise to enrich innovator/entrepreneur learning by coordinating, with college deans and department heads, specialized support curricula. The intent will be to build a “Greenhouse” for innovators and entrepreneurs at NC State that nurtures, nourishes and networks them to successful articulation of ideas to innovation and commercialization.

Marketing & Communications:
Communicate effectively with key stakeholders and the public; maintain timely and frequent written and verbal communications to both internal and external collaborators. The position will engender trust in all communications and relationships to create an ethical, progressive and collaborative environment. Deliver frequent presentations and proposals to internal and external audiences in support of NC State’s innovation ecosystem and more specifically, promote the Springboard Initiative’s resources to support university faculty innovators and entrepreneurs. Assist in developing a marketing and public relations campaign to raise awareness of the Springboard Initiative as both a UNC system benchmark as well as a national leader in solving unmet needs through university-based innovation commercialization programs.

Other Work/Responsibilities

  • • Correspond with inventors, patent counsel, licensees and prospective licensees related to agreement, patent and marketing activities.
  • • Enter terms from license agreements and other contracts executed by the Engineering Licensing Team into a relational information management database.
  • • Help with the organization of specific technology commercialization events.
  • • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Education/Experience

Master’s degree or a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering with two years of experience in business/product development and/or an advanced degree in engineering and/or a professional degree.

Departmental Required Skills

Candidates must have outstanding writing and communication skills, experience in leveraging methods of communicating in a digital world.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

  • Preferred candidates will have an advanced degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science. 
  • Prior experience within a university technology transfer office is a strong plus, but not required. 
  • Prior experience with high tech product or software development is a plus. 
  • Database and spreadsheet knowledge a plus.

Required License or Certification


Special Instructions

Applicants are required to submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references along with a completed online application.

Job Open Date 05/06/2019 Anticipated Closing Date   Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No Proposed Hire Date 05/27/2019 AA/EOE

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Briefly describe your experience in technology development and commercialization (100 word limit).

    (Open Ended Question)

Application Materials Required

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact Information for References