Technology Licensing Officer

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 03 – L – Exempt
  • 04 – M – Exempt
Work Unit:
Vice President of Research
Technology Management
Full/Part Time:


The Office of Technology Management is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Technology Licensing Officer. The ideal candidate will have a background in life sciences and biomedical innovations. Within the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Office of Technology Management is responsible for managing intellectual property derived from Penn State research. Penn State’s current research expenditures are $863 million annually and span a diverse academic enterprise. The University consistently ranks in the top 20 research universities. Technology transfer is at the heart of the University’s strategic initiative, Invent Penn State; and the Office of Technology Management is growing and evolving rapidly. Technology Licensing Officers manage a diverse portfolio of technologies and guide each through the tech transfer process in a highly technical and fast-paced environment. Primary responsibilities of a Technology Licensing Officer include managing a substantial portfolio of life sciences and biomedical innovations; soliciting, developing, and screening invention disclosures from researchers; assessing commercial potential and marketability in cooperation with others; formulating patent strategies; negotiating intellectual property agreements; and supporting the dynamic intellectual property and commercialization needs and priorities of the office. By definition the role is highly collaborative and service-oriented. Expect to work with a variety of stakeholders, including researchers, academic colleges, related administrative units, and internal and external legal and scientific resources. Technology Licensing Officers typically have a Master’s degree or higher in a technical or business discipline and three years of related experience. A strong background in life sciences or biomedical sciences, business and technology licensing, and intellectual property protection strategies is desirable. Candidates should have excellent skills in the following areas: oral and written communication; interpersonal relationships; contract negotiation; interpreting and managing numerous complex agreements to completion; and prioritization. The successful candidate will be highly self-motivated with the ability to work independently and to collaborate with a team. To be considered for the position, candidates must apply online and upload application materials consisting of a resume and cover letter. The Director of OTM will be attending the Annual AUTM Meeting from February 18-21, 2018, and may be willing to meet with some potential candidates while there who are also attending the meeting. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are attending the Annual AUTM Meeting. This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher in a technical or business discipline or higher plus three years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088