Technology Licensing Officer

Penn State University

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


The Office of the Technology Management within the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking qualified, self-motivated applicants for the position of Technology Licensing Officer. The mission of the Office of Technology Management is to protect Penn State intellectual property, identify its commercial potential, and stimulate economic development through the transfer of Penn State technologies to the marketplace. Penn State research expenditures in Fiscal Year 2019 were in excess of $950 million. This position will work primarily with software and other copyrightable intellectual property. Primary responsibilities include managing a substantial portfolio of intellectual property related to software, creative works, and other copyrightable material; soliciting, developing, and screening software and creative works related to technology disclosures and assessing their commercial potential; formulating intellectual property protection strategies including patenting when appropriate; developing strategies for marketing and/or distribution of software-related technologies; negotiating, drafting, monitoring, and enforcing intellectual property agreements including copyright license agreements, option agreements, inter-institutional agreements, etc.; further developing Penn State’s procedures for managing, approving, and distributing open source software; participating in outreach events to promote licensing and commercialization opportunities; and communicating and coordinating frequently with other stakeholders in the Invent Penn State community. This position will be located at the University Park Campus and will report to the Assistant Vice President for Research and Director of the Office of Technology Management which is responsible for the management of intellectual property developed at Penn State. 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. Experience in licensing software technologies and a working knowledge of intellectual property protection strategies is desirable. The candidate should have excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills; good negotiation skills; the ability to interpret and manage numerous complex agreements; the ability to manage and coordinate multiple and diverse projects simultaneously through to completion; be highly self-motivated with the ability to work independently in a team environment; and have the ability to establish priorities. Application review begins immediately and continues until position is filled. 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