Associate Director of Physical Science Licensing – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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The MIT Technology Licensing Office’s mission is to “move innovations and discoveries from the lab to the marketplace for the benefit of the public and to amplify MIT’s global impact.” They cultivate an inclusive environment of scientific and entrepreneurial excellence, and bridge connections from MIT’s research community to industry and startups, by strategically evaluating, protecting, and licensing technology.

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The Associate Director, Physical Science Licensing is a member of the Technology Licensing Office (TLO) Senior Management Team (SMT) and in partnership with the Associate Director, Life Sciences provides leadership for strategic licensing practices, faculty engagement, and management of critical stakeholder relationships for the TLO. The Associate Director is solely responsible for the management of the Physical Sciences Licensing Team including 7 TLOs and 6 TLAs and an administrative assistant. The role requires the ability to foster and grow networks, work closely with academic and commercial partners and serve as a highly competent and knowledgeable technology transfer resource to TLO and OSATT (Office of Strategic Alliances & Technology Transfer) staff, TLO SMT, innovation ecosystem colleagues, Senior MIT leadership and peer universities.

Job Requirements

  • Minimum of B.S. in the physical sciences or a related field. e.g. physics, chemistry, engineering is required.
  • Masters Degree in a scientific field or equivalent is required.
  • Advanced degree (M.Sc. or Ph.D) and/or MBA is preferred but not required. 
  • Knowledge of the Bayh-Dole Act, understanding of patent law, licensing terms and conditions is required.
  • Eight years of direct experience in intellectual property licensing and contract negotiation, technology transfer or business development in industry or university settings, with at least 3 years in an academic setting.
  • Demonstrated experience leading successful negotiations in licensing intellectual property and working with startup and large companies to effectively execute license agreements.


Interested applicants should send their resume to:

Lisa Rooney
(740) 251-7390

David Winwood
(919) 673-4080

Additionally, you must apply online at:


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