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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 83-27718
School Name Provost's Center
Org Penn Center for Innovation
Posted to the Web 01/11/2018
Posted Job/Salary Grade 028/029
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type
Position Schedule Mon-Fri
Months 12
Position Length Ongoing
Position End Date
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The Office of the Provost provides direction on all facets of the University’s academic mission, including education, faculty, research, online learning, global initiatives, admissions, athletics, student life, and arts and culture. The Provost’s Center aggregates programs and offices designed to support University operations, including: the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and its reporting departments (Penn Center for Innovation, Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, University Laboratory Animal Resources, and Regulatory Affairs), the Office of the Chaplain, the Graduate Student Center and Family Resource Center, the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, College Houses and Academic Services, New Student Orientation, the Office of Student Conduct, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the University of Pennsylvania Press, and all of the University’s arts organizations (Penn Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Arthur Ross Gallery, and University Art Collection). It also includes interdisciplinary academic centers and institutes that are more appropriately housed centrally than in an individual school, including the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Center for Neuroscience and Society, the Penn Institute for Urban Research, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Kelly Writers House, and Weiss Tech House.


The Licensing Officer/Assistant Director will be a dedicated team member of the Penn Center for Innovation (PCI) at the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) and will report to the Director, PCI PSOM Licensing Group. The Licensing Officer/Assistant Director will assume primary responsibility for directly facilitating the technology transfer, development and commercialization of assigned technologies and faculty/departmental clients; assisting designated PSOM Researchers and PSOM Departments with the establishment of new commercialization agreements and business development relationships; supporting the establishment of R&D collaborations with industry partners to advance early stage discoveries; and managing relationships with key stakeholders internal and external to Penn to proactively enable technology transfer. The Licensing Officer/Assistant Director will provide high quality services including invention receipt and capture, patentability assessment, market outreach (in-depth marketing support strategic and tactical), business development (structuring, drafting and negotiating commercialization agreements) and shall deliver the highest quality of customer service. The Licensing Officer/Assistant Director will also be a devoted team player who strongly supports the efforts of both the PCI PSOM team as well as the entire PCI organization.


The Licensing Officer shall have a M.S. in a in a life/health sciences related field, and strong preference will be given to candidates with a Ph.D. in these fields. The preferred candidate will also have 1-2 years of experience in technology transfer, business development or equivalent intellectual property/corporate contracts experience. This person must be a dedicated team player, have outstanding customer service skills, demonstrate exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, exhibit technical skills and business acumen, and must be able to interact effectively in academic and corporate cultures. This person should be knowledgeable of intellectual property and licensing practice, proficient at multitasking and be an independent self-starter with strong work ethic. The Licensing Officer must be able to manage a large, diverse set of relationships, tasks and projects, and to be able to identify and handle inventions in a variety of fields outside of their own area of technical expertise. Strong negotiation skills are preferred along with an ability to excel in a relatively independent and flexible work environment. Attention to detail and an ability to follow-through tasks to completion are requisite skills for the position.

Assistant Director Physical Sciences Licensing: In addition to the above, the preferred candidate should have 3-5 years of technology transfer, business development or equivalent intellectual property/corporate contracts experience.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

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